There are many many moments with my kids where I have a kind of out-of-body experience.  I see myself and wonder ‘what the hell am I doing?’ These moments aren’t when I’m dressed as a cowboy having a disco in the lounge and singing along to One Direction.  Those are the normal moments.  I’m talking about the times that I kind of hope no one is watching and judging, because it is not my finest parenting moment.

For example, I once agreed that the big one could have his whole class round for tea after school.  

Of course this never happened.  But why did I agree?  Because I wasn’t listening to him.  To be fair he had been talking at me non-stop for 20 minutes and I was trying to fill in some paperwork, so I just kind of zoned out and threw in the odd “Yes, of course” and “Ok”.  

Cue a major meltdown and a lot of bribery once I realised and had to change my “Yes” to a “Hell no”.  Not my finest parenting moment.

Another moment was a lot more public and with someone else’s kid.  It was my son’s birthday party and our entertainment had cancelled at short notice, so I became chief party entertainer to 35 five year olds.  It’s not a skill I will be adding to my CV anytime soon!  

I had exhausted all the party games and still had 10 painful minutes to kill, so thought I’d offer up the microphone for a spot of kids karaoke.  A four year old princess (I’m not being rude, she was dressed as a princess) shot to the front, grabbed the mic and launched into her rendition of “Let It Go”. Kids party classic since 2014.  

Now this little girl was giving it her all, but unfortunately her harmonies were akin to nails down a chalk board.  After the first chorus I very nicely suggested one of the other children might like to have a go.  She didn’t miss a beat.  She just kept on ‘singing’ and frowned at me.  

I told her more firmly that it was someone else’s go.  Her frown turned into a glare but still she kept going.  People ears were beginning to bleed.

An hour and a half into a kids party my nerves were frazzled and my patience was wearing very thin.  With a fixed grin plastered on my face I grabbed the microphone thinking she would relinquish.  But no.  She held fast.  The result was me wrestling this four year old in a princess dress for the mic with both of us shouting “Let it go”.  

She put up a really good fight*.

I figured I can’t be alone in these moments.

So a quick bit of crowd sourcing and I have these hilarious (maybe not at the time)  “not my finest parenting” moments to share with you…


not my finest parenting moment


Sleeping in….

I’m normally pretty good with getting up in the mornings the slightest noise from one of the kids and my eyes are open. One time though I was so exhausted that I over slept leaving my two little ones in there room or about 20 mins longer than normal. I woke to hear my eldest shouting mummy mummy…

So I got up went to get them as I did everyday. However I wasn’t expecting what happened next. I can only describe it as like a scene from some sort of horror movie. My youngest boy had taken off his nappy for first time ever… In which he’d done a poo and there was poo everywhere the walls, his cot, on him seriously!!!  It was the worst thing I’ve ever had to tackle parent wise to date.

Sarah – The Parenting Trials

In God’s house…

My daughter aged 4 (at the time) at a christening, kept asking why the vicar was angry. I said ‘he’s not angry’ She replied (at the top of her voice), ‘That man in the dress IS angry! He keeps saying Jesus Christ!’ Oops

Aimee – Mum Amie


My daughter (aged about 2 at the time) didn’t know the words to one of the hymns at a funeral, so she sang ‘If you’re happy and you know it’ instead.

Natalie – Plutonium Sox

Motherly instincts…

When my middle son was at a soft play birthday party he came over and said he felt a bit sick. I checked him over and decided in my motherly wisdom that he was fine and had probably just had too much cake.

5 minutes later, he comes running over and before he can even speak he voms over the entire carpeted area of the soft play. You know, the corded carpet like you get in school that stuff (especially sick) clings to. It was over me (up my nose to be precise as I tried to cup the sick and it backfired into my face) over him, over the soft play and in front of half the parents of his class. I wanted to die.

Gemma – Life is Knutts


Getting your priorities right (Uggs over babies)…

I was at a film set with my newborn daughter. Long story short she had been cast as a newborn for a television programme. She was all nude, ready to be filmed and I was holding her, waiting for her turn. And she had an almighty poop, right on me, all over my jeans and very expensive Ugg boots.

As I was faffing with wet wipes trying to get the yellow mustard poo off, I nearly dropped her. The runner brought me a towel to wipe my daughter and I just grabbed the towel, shoved my daughter to the runner and started wiping myself and my Uggs… Not my finest parenting moment! Thankfully I’ve been a better mum since.

Sanna – Wave to Mummy


Err Who Are you?

I called my youngest by the wrong name twice on his first day at pre school. The key worker then had to confirm his name as she thought she must have the wrong one written down.

Louise – A Strong Coffee


Being inventive…

I stupidly forgot a nappy for when we’d finished swimming, so I ingeniously decided to stuff her trousers with toilet roll for the car journey home.

Dave – The DADventurer


Park life…

When Rose was in the middle of potty training we risked an outing in big girl pants. She had a wee at the top of a slide in a busy park. I had to climb up with paper towels and slide down whilst frantically trying to clean the wee at the same time.

Amy – Amy Treasure


So proof that we are not alone in not being perfect or having those moments where you question whether this was what you signed up for. The parenting job description is severely lacking in detail. 


*No children were harmed in the making of these anecdotes.   

What has been your not finest parenting moment?!

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21 Comments on Not My Finest Parenting Moment

  1. Haha – I love this! I really must start listening to my kids before I accidentally agree to 30 kids turning up at my house (this is not Topsy & Tim, after all!) A couple of years ago at the Christmas lights turn on in my town, I must admit that I did consider jumping on stage and wrestling a mic from a child. Love Actually has a lot to answer for: as it turns out, you can’t just put ANY young girl on stage armed with Mariah Carey lyrics & create Christmas magic. The ability to hold a tune is also really quite important.

    & Amy’s is hilarious! So is Aimee’s actually – ‘Jesus Christ!’ #FridayFrolics

    (Apologies for terrible timekeeping – the chaos of moving has been rather more chaotic than anticipated this week!)

  2. Hahah I LOVE this!! You should definitely get these made into a book! I love that someone else calls their children by the wrong name. I do it all the time, and sometimes by names that are none of the five that are my children! #fridayfrolics

  3. That’s great! I feel like I was there when during the “Let It Go” battle…ha! Wow, there are so many not-great parenting moments that it’s hard to choose. I’ll go with the latest: my 4-year-old twins absolutely REFUSE to use the potty at their church preschool, so when I pick them up, they are often in a bad way. Not being able to gauge, exactly HOW bad they had to go, I opted for the safe route and let them go in the back of the van in the church parking lot (CLASSY).

    My son failed to mention that he had to poop as WELL as pee, so of course he let it all out. Well, that reeked so bad that I decided that we could NOT endure the smell for the 10 minute drive, not to mention the concern over would I hit a bad pothole and have crap spill out all over the place.

    I found the closest area with lots of woods, which just HAPPENED to be a somewhat fancy neighborhood. I had to keep driving around until no one was walking a dog near me or otherwise observing what I was doing. I had a tiny window of opportunity before an old lady came walking nearby, so I dashed out of the van and tossed the vile contents of the little potty into the kudzu on the side of the road. What a great role model I am….

  4. Absolutely brilliant, they all made me laugh out loud, particular fav is the vom at the soft play. Poor woman, thats the sort of shit that puts a parent into therpy! #fridayfrolics

  5. I was in a toilet in John Lewis the other day. I took my toddler in with me. He kindly shouted “Mama wee wee red”. Oh wonderful. Pen x #FridayFrolics

  6. Ahhh these are all brilliant. I love yours the best though! The image of you being tortured by a 4 year old princess singing “Let it go” mwahahaha! #FridayFrolics

  7. Oh these are brilliant! What a great way to start a Friday 🙂 My youngest always reminds me of the time her 3 sisters bundled into the house and shut the door behind them…on to her. I had gone ahead indoors first. After a minute I heard a noise and went to investigate. There was her head poking through the cat flap! Alison x #FridayFrolics

  8. Oh man, those are amazing – love the one about the funeral! I’m sure we’ve all had our share of not-so-wonderful parenting moments – one of mine has to be when I took my wee one on a lovely picnic with no wet wipes and hummus as the main attraction. Cue hummus all over her, all over me and all over the picnic blanket. #FridayFrolics

  9. When my kids were really little and I was desperately trying to get some ironing done (clearly YEARS ago, because I have given that pursuit up!), I used to throw a soft toy for them to ‘fetch’, just to keep them out from under my feet and away from the hot iron. It really was way too much like a dog pleasing it’s owner. And that is a tame one safe to share….

  10. Hahaha… what a picture! We can’t be gracefully pulling it off all the time, you’re allowed the odd blip. Even if it’s just for our sake reading your tales! #FridayFrolics

  11. These are amazing! I let little R have some of the playdough bath soap from lush to play with for a moment whilst I spoke to the lady who worked there. I took my eyes off her for literally one second and when i looked at her again, she was frothing at the mouth. she’d bloody eaten the whole bar, and the more water I gave her to drink, the more she frothed! Needless to say, now she doesn’t come shopping with me! #fridayfrolics

  12. Ha ha, I don’t blame you for wrestling the microphone off the little princess! And thank goodness the whole class didn’t turn up. I’m not proud of myself but I let my daughter have the phone, the playstation controller and the TV remote to stop m’lady having a meltdown. #FridayFrolics

  13. These are brilliant! I’m so glad I’m not alone in my occasional slack parenting – it’s hard though! Brilliant quotes x #fridayfrolics

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