Newbie blogger Maddie Sinclair of Gammon and Chips fame has been shortlisted for the Fresh Voice BiB category. Here she Guest Posts for us, giving us a little taste of the way her mind works. If you like reading her Fresh Voice, she’d LOVE your vote. Do you identify with any of these ‘You know you’re a parent when…’ moments?
At Family Gammon & Chips, we have just spent a tippity top Bank Holiday camping weekend in Cornwall with a load of delightful and eclectic specimans of the human race – some with kiddiewinkles, some without, but all 100% bona fide funsters.
I find that a camping trip can really test the mettle of your family bond, when an ill-prepared stripped-down version of your household fights against Mother Nature in all her glory – kind of like Russell Crowe in a colosseum against a mouse with a toothbrush.
There was rain, sun, tantrums, tears, mud and laughter… and lots of discussions about parenting – which led me to concoct this list below (I got the idea for it specifically when I found myself doing number 10). So here goes. I hope you enjoy!
You know you’re a parent when…
1. You find it has become technically impossible for you to walk past a half-eaten fish finger without giving it a little push in the direction of your mouth.
2. You can’t go on a family nature walk without collecting an assortment of sticks to take home with you.
3. You go to put your boots on and find missing jigsaw puzzle pieces at the bottom of them.
4. You accidently give a work presentation in the third person.
5. You find you can run barefoot over a spilt tub of Lego without even flinching.
6. You seriously start to make out dogs, cars, trees, houses and rainbows in the inkblot pandemonium that comes back from Nursery.
7. You are genuinely not offended when your baby eats marker pens, wet wipes, Sudocrem and compost, but won’t touch your Spag Bol.
8. You realise you now talk about buggies in the same way you used to talk about cars.
9. You don’t bat an eyelid when your toddler produces a poo in the potty that looks exactly like a massive c*ck and b*lls.
10. You happily volunteer to do the washing up, just to get a few minutes of peace and quiet at the end of the day.
Do any of these ring true in your house? Let us know by leaving a Comment below. Or even better… add your own new parenting moment to the bottom of this page.
Maddie Sinclair blogs at Gammon and Chips about her two nicknamed kids, 3.5 year old boy, Gammon, and 17 month old girl, Chips. When she’s not mothering, she can generally be found hunched over her laptop at the dining table looking for needles in marketing haystacks as a freelance proofreader and writer.