Social media and family blogs can sometimes present a glossy perfect version of parenting – adorable kids, Instagram worthy meals and Pinterest creations. I like to share lovely bits of our family life and things that work well for us. So just to keep it real let’s explore the messier bits of my parenting experience. Here in all their disastrous glory are my most memorable mummy fails!
School uniform fail
I had read the letter about Sofia’s school trip to a farm when she was in reception but the finer details must have got lost in a blur of newborn twins. I sent Sofia in her favourite jeans and t-shirt only to realised that everyone else was in their school uniform.
I signed the boys up for Little Movers movement class. It involved lots of dancing and actions with equipment like ribbons and bean bags. I thought it would be a good way of channelling the boys’ endless energy. It was really good fun but they had a very loose interpretation of the instructions. It was practically impossible to get them to join in at the same time, they would do anything but what they were supposed to. They crawled under the chairs, messed about with the equipment, fiddled with the stereo, plug sockets and air conditioning buttons. The room got quite hot so the instructor opened the big windows that were along one wall. When I was busy trying to get Leo to join in Sam climbed out of the window!
Checking the details fail
Everyone has done this right?! Well maybe not everyone. I got caught out by sending Sofia back to school a day too early. Rolando drove her to school while I was at work and was really surprised to get a parking space right in front of the school gates. He quickly realised why!
I would like to say this was an isolated incident but I’ve also gone to meet the teacher evening on the wrong day and taken my kids to a birthday party at the wrong village hall!
This happened when the twins were about 2 months old. It had been a stressful day and I had to run to school to get to my first teacher consultation on time. The teachers were explaining that my daughter was getting on well but was quite quiet and needed to be encouraged to join in. I suddenly felt overwhelmed by the idea of my shy little girl being in a big noisy classroom and started to cry. I blame the hormones!
I went to the phone shop recently to upgrade my phone. It was really busy and while we were waiting to be served I let the kids doodle with some paper and pens they had on a table at the side of the shop. In a split second when I wasn’t looking Leo got a biro and did a massive black scribbled all over a chair. I was mortified!
When the twins were very little we were asked to bake cakes for a class cake sale. I really wanted to join in and be the mum who could bake. Somehow while looking after the twins I managed to whip up some pretty good fairy cakes. I slapped some chocolate on the top, popped them into a tupperware box and dashed out of the house. I was feeling quite proud of my efforts until I took them out of my bag and realised that the chocolate wasn’t set enough and had splattered everywhere. They looked awful. No one bought my ugly cakes.
To make it worse it was the school fare the next week and I was horrified to see my ugly cakes reappear (apparently they freeze the unsold cakes and reuse them at the next school event). They didn’t sell second time around either.
It is sods law when out with kids the one thing you need is the one thing that you have forgotten to bring. I took the kids to our local bakery as a treat after collecting Sofia from school. We were sat on the chairs outside eating our treats when Sam started to vomit all over himself. I had forgotten to bring wet wipes or spare clothes so just had to rush everybody home. Not my proudest moment as people looked in horror at my puking, sick covered child!
I can’t be the only one who has these kinds of mummy mishaps! Have you done any of these things or had any spectacular parenting fails? I’d love you to share your experiences in the comments section below.