My mummy fails

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!

Ops 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.

Activity fail
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!

Composure fail
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!

Supervision fail
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!

Cake fail
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.

Preparation fail
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.

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20 thoughts on “My mummy fails

  1. Awww haha. I think my mummy fails include, forgetting that I’d just been breastfeeding and opening the door to a very shocked postman and on a separate occasion, not realising I had poop on me because Evie’s nappy had leaked. Eeeek! xx
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    1. Oh no I can totally relate to both of these! I’ve noticed poo on me while Putin several occasions!

  2. Oh yes I have had lots as my girls have always put me on the spot LOL I remember that I also cried at nursery no stopping after seeing Bella screaming for me every day that I was leaving her at nursery. It wasn’t her first time at nursery she just changed rooms but that week was the most stressful one of my life!! The staff had to hug me and calmed me down!! LOL Sienna did 2 horrendous things that I even feel disgusted just to mentioning it here. In just 2 seconds that I got distracted she managed to get into the kitchen and went to the cat’s litter and put cat poo in her mouth! I almost dye!!! And the other thing she did was pooing all over my bed where my pillow was because she didn’t have a nappy ( was trying to attempt some nappy training that day and of course I failed massively!!). So here you have it, my more embarrassed moments, 😉 xx
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    1. Oh man we are doing potty training so lots of grossness happening here. I one found one of the boys had put a snail in his mouth! My kids do the grossest things!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I’m always forgetting toddler cutlery my boys they often end up eating with teaspoons.

  3. I found this funny and honest and could relate. I’ve been scared in the past to write about my parenting fails primarily because little things like these which we should be able to laugh about were twisted to make me look bad and have Sylvia taken away so it’s a subject I’ve struggled with- however i think I might try and overcome this and write a similar post later on in the year.

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    1. Hi Angela, thank you for your comment. I found it quite a relief to admit that at times I’m a bit hopeless, totally unrealistic to try and be perfect all of the time. Hope you feel that you can do something similar in the future.

  4. I am sure I have loads of failing moments but I can’t think of many off the top of my head – I think I must have blocked them out!! The cake one really made me chuckle, whenever I try and make a nice cake it always goes wrong! At least none knew they were yours! And I think it’s great that you tried, that’s what counts. I do remember when Ava projectile vomited all over me when we were in Starbucks. We were both soaked, it went all over my trousers and into my boots. It was in winter and we had a long and very cold walk back to the car! I bundled her up in her coat and buggy snuggle but I just had to squelch along in my sicky boots. Not my finest moment! Becky xx
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    1. Hi Becky, thank you for stopping by and commenting. Funnily enough they have never asked me to volunteer to help the kids at school with baking. Some days I’m so organised but some times it just goes completely pear shaped!

  5. I am THE worst person for remembering essential items! After 3 children you would think I learnt my lesson! Only the other day I took Ellis and Kinley for cake, the sole purpose of the outing, but yet didn’t take wipes! I have a lovely yummy mummy changing bag yet, it is forever left on the coat stand. The amount of times I have had to buy nappies and wipes when I have a tonne at home! xx
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    1. Thank you Clare – I’m a serial wet wipe buyer too. I think getting three little ones out of the house is an achievement in itself having the right stuff with us is a bonus!

  6. Haha, this is a brilliant post ? The cake story is so funny! I can’t believe they’d freeze the unsold ones and try to sell them again.

    I still have baby brain and can’t remember many things that have gone wrong (they will have happened and I’ve possibly hid them away in my brain somewhere). There have been a few incidents where we’ve forgotten baby wipes, etc. Actually most of the times it’s things we’ve forgotten to do, like taking the pram on a day out, not re-supplying the changing bag with nappies, etc.

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    1. Thank you Laura – I’m totally more of a cake buyer/eater than a cake baker these days! I think you get to blame things on baby brain for a good few years (hopefully!)

  7. This is brilliant! I agree, we are so often bombarded with parenting successes on social media etc that it can make you feel like a failure. I’m all for sharing the failures! More people should do it, you should make it a regular feature! x

    1. Thank you – I’m all for keeping it real! This is only an edited selection of my main fails I have enough for many more posts.

  8. Ahh I loved reading this – I can relate to them all. We all have mummy fails – its human nature! I have so many I wouldn’t even know where to begin! Agree with the wipes though I am always forgetting those when we need them most. That and the spare change of clothes thing – I never have them to hand when I really need it!!!
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    1. Thank you Maria – it’s quite therapeutic to admit to my fails, may be this could be a regular feature!

  9. I love this! I am sure everyone can identify with this! I took my daughter to the whole village hall for a party once! And I am sure we have all had supervison fails lol, you really do need an extra pair of eyes when you are a parent!

    Gemma xx

    1. Thank you I think we should all fess up to a few fails, it totally makes us human! With 3 year old twins it is really tricky to keep track of them all the time.

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