A Guest Post by Sarah Forde


As parents we make many rookie mistakes. These mistakes can leave us sobbing like a baby, pulling our hair out in frustration, or longing for the ground to open up and swallow us.


Eventually after enough time has passed we stop rocking in the corner, we are able to laugh about them.  This series is dedicated to the honest parents who admit they sometimes often get it wrong.  After all, I have yet to meet a Pintrest perfect parent in the actual flesh.


Every Wednesday I feature a post from a fantastic guest blogger about their funny and insightful parenting fails.  


Rookie Misrtakes Large



This weeks guest post comes from Sarah.  I was thrilled when I got Sarah’s submission as it one of the first Rookie Mistakes to focus on teenagers.  It’s a very funny story, and goes to show this job doesn’t get any easier!


Braceless Photo


Brace Yourself – The Teenage Years


Parenting – you are never too old to make mistakes! And there I was with over 17 years of experience…. I thought I had it covered!


Picture the scene – an early start travelling to France on Eurotunnel with the extremely excited kids, the over packed roof-box, the English food essentials (Marmite, Yorkshire tea, Hula Hoops), the French map, and the hoards of other families heading to some sunshine on the first day of the summer holidays.


We arrived in Folkstone with enough time for that crucial coffee fix at 6.30am. It’s here that our 15 year old son with brand new braces started moaning of sore gums as we pulled into the terminal. Waiting in an annoyingly long caffeine queue I peered deep into said son’s mouth and was horrified to discover 2cm piece of brace wire hanging from his teeth (only he could cause a holiday drama before we had left the country).


Ever the prepared mum (I’m known for my ‘pack for every possible eventuality’ skills) I had brought a mini tool kit — just in case a brace catastrophe occurred (seriously, I’m that sad!). Smugly, whilst queuing, I attempted to snip said wire from son’s mouth — only to get the mini pliers locked onto his brace. Oh my dear Lord, they were jammed tight, and not going anywhere. My smugness quickly dissolved into frantic-manic-crazy-mum, with my teenage son trying to keep his uber cool with a pair of pliers hanging from his jaw.


The coffee queue had now turned into a captive audience as we called desperately for the Eurotunnel First Aid. Unsurprisingly they had never experienced such an emergency, and were dumbfounded. More importantly we were nearly at the front of the coffee queue.


Our unlikely ‘Hero Of The Day’ was the AA Rescue Cover Salesman who appeared with the mother-of-all-wrenches and proceeded to release the mini pliers from my son’s mouth. He even got a round of applause from the crowd. Just in time for us to place our coffee order.


Phew! Holiday drama minimised, and lesson learnt – never be too quick to use a pair of pliers on your offspring!


About Sarah:



Loves dessert, wine, a good DVD box set and Ryan Gosling — in no particular order. #DigitalMum, Social Media Manager, Twitter @sarahjforde







What’s been your worst holiday mishap?


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6 Comments on Rookie Mistakes – Brace Yourself

  1. Oh nooooo!!!!! I’m surprised your son managed to maintain any level of super cool with that going on!!!! You must have been in such a huge panic! What a way to start your holiday….!

  2. Oh that made me laugh out loud and filled me with dread! Hope if my little Button-Pusher grows up and has braces, I’m organised enough to have a kit like yours in my bag, but I hope I never have to use them!!

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