When looking after children, whether they are yours or someone else’s, even a basic thank-you is rare.
Compliments are even rarer.
Today I am wearing a cobalt blue 1950s style summer dress. However, apparently it doesn’t quite cut it for my nearly 8 year old daughter.
‘Mummy, I don’t mean to be rude or anything’ (looks exactly like she’s going to say something rude) ‘but not those bits on the shoulders.’ ‘And one of them is folded over.’
I ask my eldest son. I get the scrunched nose and the ‘hmm yeah, don’t like them’.
If he who does not care about clothes is willing to pass judgement, then I’m definitely going to snip them off. They’re gone.
This experience doesn’t beat yesterday’s though. After two hours of swimming lessons, three sets of getting them through the showers (are you with me on why I want to go back to work?), I am sitting in my kitchen trying to get them to eat so that I can get on with cleaning up and get everyone to bed. Wine o’clock (or is it my laptop?) is calling.
This conversation with my youngest follows.
Me: ‘Come on, eat your fish, it’s good for your brain.’
(Thinks. Comes up with motivation through competition with siblings.)
Me: ‘It will help you learn to read faster.’
T is now eating.
Pauses. Looks hard at my face.
T: ‘Does it put those lines on your head?’
Postscript: He did redeem himself later.
‘Daddy, Mummy is warmer than you. ‘She’s cuddlier than you’. ‘I love her more than you’.
You win some, you lose some…….