Ten things not to do in front of the kids (except I did)

It should have been a traditional family experience.  Loving responsible grown up Mum brings offspring to the cinema for a treat.



What could possibly go wrong?  Well bearing in mind that they are all 13 plus, it was one cringefest after another...

1.  I'm all about "safety first" as my kids often remind me, so I wear my lovely Mia Tui bag cross body.  Under my coat.  So apparently I look deformed.  "Just why Mum, why?"

2.  Run back to the car one last time when we're half way down the street to check that I locked it.  Not that anyone would ever steal it.

3. Listen to kids and then take off coat in public and rearrange bag.  Of course that just ratcheted up the embarrassment factor.

4. Having to stop walking to send a text.

5. Getting in a flap at the counter when asked where we want to sit (this is new, no?) and then proceeding to explain in great detail to the poor ticket seller why I have to sit on the end of a row.

6.  Forget to lower my voice as we go into the auditorium.

7. Sit down.  Phone alarm promptly goes off.  The one to remind me to water the plants.  Children edge away.

8. I am unable to keep quiet.  Next up, I have to blow my nose.  And it's really not possible to do that quietly is it?

9. Trying to inconspicuously film the bomb scare in Henry Street afterwards.  "Do you have to, Mum?"

10. Selective hearing in Aldi.  Apparently I do this all the time: I don't listen at all, or I mishear what people are saying.  "Cash card," asked the checkout operator.  "No thanks,"  I replied, thinking that Aldi had introduced something new.  Someone behind me in the queue tittered, and I realised that there was a missing "or" somewhere...  Angel just shook her head.   But I mean who does listen to checkout operators when you're busy trying to pack shopping bags, and get the payment out and possibly manage a child in a buggy too?

Or is it just me?

Saying that, and despite doing all those things in front of the kids, they still had a good evening, and so did I.

What have you done lately to embarrass your kids?


18 comments:

  1. Hee hee, glad I am not the only one! It is our job to embarrass our kids. I got my son a good one last night ~ and in front of his girlfriend!!! I LOVE winding him up! :-)

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    1. Mine do NOT like being wound up! I'd say it's fun though :-)

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  2. Ha ha ha, oh I wouldn't know the first thing about my children being embarrassed of me.......I wish!!!! That same thing happens me at checkouts but more in the line of being drawn into discussions about my purchases, I have a little hearing trouble and just want to pay and get out of there, not discuss what I've put on the counter. This gave me such a laugh and it sounds like a lovely trip out.

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  3. Our two are young enough (8 & 5) that the embarrassment factor hasn't really kicked in just yet. At least, if it has it's not yet obvious. I'm sure those days are not far away though. :-)

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  4. It happened for the first time in our house on Friday! I was bringing my daughters to school and started talking about a party that my eldest was going to the next day - the little girl whose birthday it was was just ahead. My six-year-old was mortified that I was talking about the party - I have NO idea why, but it was really interesting to see her face. She just kept saying "Mum, please, could we talk about something else? OK, could we all just stay quiet - let's see who can stay quietest for longest will we?"

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  5. Thank god my kids are still to small to be embarrassed by me, but I'm sure it will happen sooner than I think!

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    1. I'm afraid it does, as they say, enjoy every second while they're small x

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  6. My four year old announced the other day that she was going to walk herself to school from now on - apparently I'm embarrassing just by dint of being there! And she's only four - what hope have I got in ten years time?! x

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    1. Let's hope she's just going through the phase early.... x

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  7. Ha Ha I have to collect my older son from Asda if I pick him up from school I am not allowed to collect from the School gates, when did we stop being cool x

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  8. Haha..my cell phone just stopped ringing one day..well, actually it only rings at times when it shouldn't-funerals, school speeches...*sigh*..I embarrass my kids just by being me..:) Although, my waiting for the bus with them (while I am wearing a tiara) seems to be one of the bigger sources of dismay for them!

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    1. I think the tiara picture needs to be shared :)

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