While it might look like everyone is nailing it on Instagram, most parents are secretly “failing it” every now and then.
So we asked our absolutely spectacular This Glorious Mess listeners to call in and share their biggest parenting fails with hosts Holly Wainwright and Ben Fordham.
Because hey – sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. And sometimes you forget to teach your kid not to stick metal in the toaster.
Kim was on maternity leave when she had one of those days where absolutely everything goes wrong.
“I’m on maternity leave at the moment and my daughter is seven months old. And I was just having one of those days when things start to go wrong,” she told the podcast.
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“My husband has this thing that in the evening when the house is a bit messy he says, ‘oh, we’ll sort it out tomorrow’,” she explained.
“But he’s thinking about when he gets home from work tomorrow and he’s not realising that I’m home all day.”
So by the next afternoon, Kim decided to take matters into her own hands. She washed up all the dishes that were piling up on the kitchen sink… only to elbow them a minute later and watch them come crashing down onto the kitchen floor.
Some of the broken dishes had bounced up off the ground and cut Kim’s legs.
“I looked down at my leg and there was blood running down it,” she said.
That’s when Kim decided there was only one solution to this problem – wine. She poured herself a glass of wine and sat at the kitchen table ignoring the broken crockery on the ground and the blood running down her leg.
We’ve all been there, Kim.
Libby recently discovered that she had a budding entrepreneur on her hands.
She has an 11-year-old son who is obsessed with money. Recently he asked her whether he could start going to the skate park after school. Libby agreed and gave him some money so he could buy himself some healthy snacks while he was there.