The Tooth Fairy needs to be sacked, I tell you. She forgot to fly by our house when my son lost his tooth. Three nights in a row. “I wonder why she didn’t leave me any coins or take my tooth?” asked my son, a worried look on his face.
Quick as a flash, my husband responded, “You’re supposed to write her a note. If you forget the letter, she forgets the money.”
Disaster averted. My son scrawled out his note. And the Tooth Fairy visited our home that night. Let’s hope she remembers to take her memory pills the next time around.
This got us talking around the office about our parenting hits and misses. The epic fails and the shiny successes. Here are some of them…
Don’t get us started. Between the lot of us we have a whole bunch of fussy eaters. We do our best to make the healthy stuff go down. But sometimes, we just throw our hands in the air in surrender.
Take our editor Alys Gagnon, for example. She says, “For about six months, I let my kid have porridge for dinner. Every. Single. Night. He flat-out refused to eat anything else.”
Another mum let her daughter eat cheese Twisties everyday because she wasn't eating any other carbs and was underweight. Her child's paediatrician recommended it.
Writer Jo Abi reveals, “I let my kids eat – yes, eat – Milo without milk.” Bet they think it’s delish.
Sometimes, we even use food as a bribe. “My daughter was throwing a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store, causing a scene,” says a staff mummy. “I tried everything to get her to behave. Finally – and I hope nobody heard me – I promised her a donut if she stopped. It worked a treat."
Night time is not called the Witching Hour for nothing in Alys’ house. “I have bribed my child with a few minutes on the iPad so that he’ll go to bed. Sometimes, I even sweeten the deal with the promise of chocolate if he co-operates.”
Writer Shauna shares this anecdote about her sleep-deprived self: “We were jet-lagged after a long overseas holiday. My son had kept me up for many nights in a row. I finally told him (maybe I yelled a bit) that I would actually die if I didn't get any sleep. He burst into tears and whimpered for the rest of the night: ‘I don't want you to die.’ I hope I’ve not scarred him for life.”
Pee and poo. It's funny how your kids' bowel movements take up some much of your time and thoughts. Time and again, our kids prove to us that when you gotta go, you gotta go!