My husband is amazing.  I got myself a good one.  He makes me laugh, he does the washing up, and he doesn’t moan about my handbag collection.  He does anything I ask of him and always makes time for me.  But my husband struggles when it comes to romance. He often needs a nudge shove in the right direction.

So if like me your other half needs a bit of help,  or maybe he needs to earn a few brownie points, waft this post under their nose and see if they get the hint.  And if they don’t there’s a free printable that you can leave stuck on the fridge for when you need the subtlety of a brick.

How to Score Brownie Points With The Mother of Your Children

Lets face it when you have small children, life revolves around them.  Somebody always needs something.  Whether it’s feeding, changing, finding missing toys from under their noses, or administering first aid.  It’s pretty much a non-stop whirl wind from the ungodly hour they get up, until they’re tucked in snug at bed time.  Then you and your partner can collapse on the sofa and congratulate yourselves on keeping the kids alive for another day. You must be doing okay at this parenting lark.

Before Kids…

In your life before children you may have stayed up watching box sets and putting the world to rights until 2am.  Now 10pm is a late night and you’re not really sure what’s going on in the outside world anymore.  The topic of conversation is far more likely to be centred around the small people’s toilet habits.  Of course you still love each other and are happy with the life you have made together, it’s just that romance isn’t very high on the agenda right now.

After Kids…

In the old days you used to surprise your other half with jewellery and score major brownie points in the process.  You might have even whisked her away for a romantic weekend. Nowadays the money you would have spent on jewellery has been sidelined for Clarks shoes and the Lego empire your child seems to be building.  But there are still ways to earn brownie points with the WAG’s. And of course show her how much she means to you and blah blah blah.

So what would make your other half really happy?  

Check out these three high earning (tongue in cheek) brownie points ideas:

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1 Shopping

Most Mums out there are stealth shoppers.  Normally we avoid shopping centres with the small people at all costs.  It’s stressful and normally costs us a fortune in bribery.  Small people are not good shopping companions.  Therefore if we can’t get it online and have venture into the real retail world, we do it with military precision.

We visit no more than three shops because by then the snacks would have run out and the small people will be turning feral.  We do not browse because that would mean taking our eyes off the small people. Which results in either a basket full of crap you didn’t want or a very anxious game of hide and seek. We don’t try clothes on because we have learnt from experience that changing rooms and pushchairs don’t mix, and small people like to pull back the curtains and expose you in your Bridget Jones pants.  

What better way to earn massive brownie points by telling the woman in your life you are going to take care of the kids so she can go shopping for the day.  Alone.   Expect a barrage of texts throughout the day whilst she checks you have remembered to feed the small people.  And be warned that the sheer freedom of being able to browse can cause numerous impulse purchases and a severe dent in the bank balance.  You will however, have a very happy and relaxed partner.  They call it Retail Therapy for a reason.

  • Brownie Points –  150
  • Cost –  Could be excessive
  • Bonus Factor – You get to watch sport on TV all day and only have to bribe small people to do so (they are much easier to bribe than the other half)
  • Extra Credit – Avoid the house looking like a toy bomb has exploded upon other half’s return 


2 Shower

Most mums have the art of showering down to 60 seconds.  Including interruptions from small people. But all of us yearn for a long shower minus those interruptions.  To be able to wash our hair and shave both our legs rather than having to decide which needs doing most.  Gone our the days when we used to enjoy a long soak in the bath.  Even if we had the opportunity to, sharing the bath with squirty toys and submarines doesn’t have the same appeal as candles and a glass of wine.

Earn some brownie points by buying the woman in your life a nice shower cream, and taking the kids to the park.  She can have a long shower without anyone opening the door to tell her that Bob the Builder has finished.  You get a relaxed partner with fuzz free legs for possibly the first time since childbirth.

  • Brownie Points –  25
  • Cost –  A bargain at £5 – Shower gel and Ice Creams for the kids
  • Bonus Factor – You can take the kids to the park with the zip wire that the other half hates and pretend to be 10 again, oh and did I mention the fuzz free legs?
  • Extra Credit – Getting the kids back from the park in one piece

3 Dinner

Imagine a restaurant where your date doesn’t require crayons and a constant supply of fruit shoots.  You can actually browse the menu and not worry if the food takes ages to arrive.  It is actually acceptable to not clean up the mess you have created because there won’t be a mess.  And you can finish your meal without getting indigestion because the small people are about 5 minutes away from meltdown territory.

Sure you will probably spend the whole night talking about the kids, but at least the kids won’t be there turning their noses up at the food and demanding ice cream.

  • Brownie Points –  500
  • Cost –  Get a Groupon and get romance at half the cost!
  • Bonus Factor – You don’t have to wash up
  • Extra Credit – Booking the good babysitter, you know the one that doesn’t eat the emergency chocolate stash and ‘accidentally’ delete Broadchurch from TiVo  



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11 Comments on How to Score Brownie Points With The Mother of Your Children

  1. Oh yes yes and YES. My mother’s day gift was 4 bottles of Radox bubbles bath, I am assuming one from each child lol. That’s the perfect gift for me I must add plus 20 mins to lie in the bubbles though #FridayFrolics

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