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Rookie Mistakes is a series where guest bloggers divulge their parenting fails, and make us laugh or inspire us in the process.


I’m guessing that most of us have experienced some kind of parenting fail in the supermarket. The full on toddler meltdown.  The emergency potty training wee in the cheese aisle.  Realising towards the end of your shop that you have your cardigan on inside out.  Getting home to discover your 11 month old has shoplifted something, and dealing with the inner turmoil of whether or not to turn him in.  All of the above totally happened to me may or may not have  happened to someone I know.    


This weeks guest post comes from a personal favourite of mine, who is responsible for making me snort drinks and pee my pants on frequent occasions.  Lydia who blogs at Mama Zen.  Enjoy her story of a visit to her local supermarket…

Rookie Mistakes Guest Post by Mama Zen



Rookie Mistakes Guest Post mama Zen



Mama Zen is run by two sisters, Lydia (Mum of 3yr old and 2yr old) and Ellie (Mum of 9yr old and 6yr old). Lydia blogs about her hectic but hilarious life with two under threes, and Ellie draws on her parenting experience to illustrate blog posts.





Painsburys Local

Rookie Mistakes Guest Post by Mama Zen


PAINSBURYS LOCAL 4.30pm – My third visit today.


I push the buggy through the automatic doors and within seconds I make eye contact with a Mum on her way out. She has a bag of shopping and a crying toddler in each hand, her face is bright red and her shoulders are up by her ears, through gritted teeth she says to me

‘Good luck in there’.


Anxious now, my mind flashes back to an episode of super nanny I watched four years ago, I need to get down to my children’s level and tell them what I expect from the shopping trip. I will then engage them in fun activities like ‘Who can find a yellow fruit?’ Right!! I turn towards them.

Where the f**ck are they?


My son has taken charge of the basket trolley and is driving it enthusiastically down Aisle 1, my daughter is running alongside desperately trying to get a tub of humous in there and is getting more and more worked up …She REALLY loves humous.



Too late she has thrown the tub of humous and herself on to the floor and my son is helping to block the aisle with the trolley. No-one can get past us. I lift MissChief (Who is sobbing ‘My humous!’ over and over again) and somehow manage to strap her thrashing self into the buggy. I take the trolley from my son and get a basket. I promise myself I will do an on line weekly shop from now on.


‘Mummy? Do you need cucumber?’ My Lil man asks sweetly. ‘No thank-you’ I say. ‘Ok then Mummy I will go and get cucumber’ and he walks off purposefully. He returns with his arms full of cucumbers and drops them into the basket, happy that he has finished his shopping he jumps on the buggy board and announces he would like to go home RIGHT NOW.


Unable to hang the basket off the buggy I am now having to push the basket (full of cucumbers) with my foot. Aisle 2, there is someone restocking the tinned fruit so I can’t get past. Aisle 3, I grab some pesto and pasta and try and head towards the checkout but it’s 4.30 in the afternoon and there is a crowd of harassed looking Mums chatting near the fish finger section, the only other way is the wine aisle so I don’t stand a chance. I take a short cut down the sweet and chocolate aisle and as I do, drop a king size bar of dairy milk into the basket on the floor with Ninja like speed so they don’t notice. They notice.

‘Mummy what’s that?’

‘Just a packet of vegetables darling’

They look at me suspiciously as we reach the SELF SERVICE CHECK OUT.


‘THERE IS AN UNIDENTIFIED ITEM IN THE BAGGING AREA’ my son is sitting ON the bagging area grinning at me. On top of the basket of cucumbers I notice five pepper pig lollies and a random avocado.


‘PLEASE REMOVE ITEM FROM THE BAGGING AREA’ I pick him up and he wonders off to the self-service next to us where a child-free lady is calmly purchasing her goods without any need for assistance.


‘PLEASE REMOVE ITEM FROM BAGGING AREA’ Jesus! I move him from her ‘bagging area’ and apologise.




This machine wants me to have a breakdown


‘DARLING’ I say through gritted teeth ‘the machine doesn’t work if you lean on it. PLEASE STOP IT!


I scan the Pesto.




Why machine do you hate me?


I turn as I hear a stressed mother saying to her child in a fierce whisper ‘Stay off the bagging area or the machine will get very angry’




In hysterical whisper ‘No I DO NOT have my OWN bag’


My son is saying ‘Mummy Mummy Mummy?’ as he is feeding coin after coin that he has found in the buggy pocket into the receipt slot. I am ON .THE .VERGE and search for a brown paper bag to breathe into.


‘PLEASE WAIT FOR ASSISTANCE’ I want to shout at the machine to ‘Shut Up’ but my son is now feeding my library card into the slot and is STILL trying to tell me something.


‘Don’t worry Mummy, we can get fish and chips and sit on the green’


The boy is a genius, I turn to my suspiciously quiet daughter ‘What do you think?’ Through a mouthful of Pepper Pig chocolate complete with shiny wrapper she smiles ‘Let’s go Mummy’


As we abandon the crazed machine and apologetically hand our weird basket of shopping to a shop assistant we race towards the exit.

She laughs and calls after me…’Bye Lydia see you tomorrow!’


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Care to share any of your supermarket mishaps?


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21 Comments on Rookie Mistakes – A Guest Post by Mama Zen

  1. Jenny
    February 2, 2016 at 9:35 pm (9 months ago)

    Brilliant I think I had the exact same experience last week with my two it was like reading my own blog post I couldn’t stop laughing. I have cursed those damn machines one too many times. I normally do my shopping online for a big shop but you always think I will just run it quickly no chance. still laughing but not at you only in understanding. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round of #sharewithme

  2. Jessica Powell (Babi a Fi)
    January 29, 2016 at 2:55 pm (9 months ago)

    Hehe, love it! 🙂 Mine isn’t quite old enough for the supermarket meltdown… but it’s only a matter of time! #fridayfrolics
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  3. Complicated Gorgeousness
    January 29, 2016 at 10:02 am (9 months ago)

    Haha love this. I actually need a sit down and a brandy after reading it though. The daily shop – one day I’ll be organised enough to actually plan ahead and get food to last more than 24 hours. Love this section x

  4. Rhyming with wine
    January 27, 2016 at 8:02 pm (9 months ago)

    Amazing. I cannot get the image of a trolley full of cucumbers out of my head now, and it is hilarious!

    I love this series and think it should be distributed in book format alongside Bounty packs.

    Fantastic x
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  5. Robyn
    January 27, 2016 at 8:01 pm (9 months ago)

    Oh boy, this sounds like Hard Work! Pray I can find a way to always avoid taking my toddler to the supermarket with me, but I’m sure one day I won’t be able to avoid it any longer and will commit many of my own Rookie Mistakes in the shops (and in public – eek!). I will take comfort in this post knowing someone has been there and done that before me!
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    • Mama Zen
      January 30, 2016 at 9:38 pm (9 months ago)

      I’m glad something positive (other then the odd king size chocolate bar and bottle of wine) can come from my shopping experiences. 🙂
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  6. Lucinda | twintown
    January 27, 2016 at 6:33 pm (9 months ago)

    This is definitely my favourite post for the #RookieMistake series so far. (Except my own of course). 😀 X

  7. Catie: An imperfect mum
    January 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm (9 months ago)

    I recognize myself so much in this post, thanks goodness we don’t have those self service tills here yet!

    • Mama Zen
      January 30, 2016 at 9:30 pm (9 months ago)

      They are a total nightmare!! They have recently changed the voice to very calm and ‘together’ sounding Woman which just makes it even worse.
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  8. mamazen
    January 27, 2016 at 12:27 pm (9 months ago)

    Happy Birthday Claire . Thanks so much for featuring Us. It does me SO much good knowing I’m not the only Mum making regular parenting fails & your blog never fails to cheer me up after one of ‘those’ days *gush* *gush* right I’m off to do an ONLINE shop – yeah right. I never learn .

  9. AmyLovestoSew
    January 27, 2016 at 9:39 am (9 months ago)

    Hilarious, laugh out loud hilarious – thank you! New to motherhood, so I have all of this to look forward to, but can totally relate already to being ON. THE. VERGE! Brilliant read 🙂


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