Pants… on their Head??!!

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The Puzzling Perplexities of Parenting and Grandparenting!

When my youngest boy Charlie was 5, he came home from school to tell us that the teacher had shut him in a dark cupboard to ‘learn about death’…

Anyway, after some ‘gentle extraction’, we finally worked out that they had been learning about being ‘deaf’ and ‘blind’ and that the whole class had all gone into a very big cupboard with the lights off to experience the latter…

Mystery solved (and much relief all round…).

So parenting (and grandparenting) isn’t always straightforward. In fact, let’s not beat about the bush, it’s NEVER straightforward. Like wearing pants on your head. (Try finding a toddler who has never done that. Why?…WHY NOT!!!)

From the minute these little bundles of joy ‘pop’ into the world, life takes on a whole new perspective. A wonderfully enchanting, intensely challenging and utterly puzzling and perplexing, perspective.

So to celebrate that, I wanted to share with you a few of the things that have tickled me, about muddling through the daily puzzles and perplexities of parenting and grandparenting…👇

Time for Bed…???

“I’m not saying bedtime is hard. I’m just saying 14 stories, 9 back rubs, 3 trips to the bathroom, 1 glass of “really cold” water and 1293 “goodNIGHT”s aren’t exactly my idea of a good time.” MomTransparenting@momtransparent1

Yep, one of the holy grails of parenting and grandparenting is to get a toddler into bed and keep them there. And when you finally think you’ve got them settled

“My new parenting book will be called “How can penguins hear if they don’t have ears; and other urgent questions at bedtime” Pre-orders welcome.” ThreeTimeDaddy@threetimedaddy

Sometimes, desperate times call for desperate measures…

Parenting Fowl language cartoon

It’s an ongoing battle. But then, out of the blue, there comes a moment when it’s suddenly all worth it:-

“I never feel more helpless than when I hold a crying child who won’t fall asleep. But I never feel more powerful than when he finally DOES.” Richard Dean@dad_on_my_feet

And we realise, that time doesn’t stand still…

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“What my child hears when I say “Don’t touch the stove top, its hot” – let’s touch and see if it is actually hot.” mummy fumbles@Rachy86918883

Parenting and grandparenting would be so much easier if kids didn’t have minds of their own. But they do. So we have to show them who’s the boss. Right?? Right!!:-

“An unexpected benefit of being a parent is becoming great at fractions: Me: Do it before I count down from 3! 3! 2! 1 and a half! 1 and 2 fifths! 1 and 3 twentieths! 1 and 7 hundredths! 1 and 11 two thousandths! I really show the kids who the expert is.! ThreeTimeDaddy@threetimedaddy

And then we agonise over whether we’ve gone too far and messed them up for life…

Parenting Fowl language cartoon

Ultimately, who are we kidding?? We know who’s REALLY in charge. 😀 But hey, at least with this new found independence they can start doing things for themselves! Like getting dressed?

Man dressed like a toddler

And surely they know best what’s right for them??!!

“2 sitting naked on the couch crying that he’s “so very cold” but also vehemently refusing to put on any clothes, is pretty much all you need to know about toddlers.” Anecdotal Birthcontrol@PedersenAhmed

OK. Maybe not. And maybe, sometimes, negotiation is simply not an option!

Unruly kids quote


The Joys of the Family Mealtime

“Giving a toddler oatmeal is a great way to exfoliate your floor.Becca Carnahan@with_love_becca

We start parenting and grandparenting our children’s meals with such honourable intentions:-

Dinner when my child started solids: Sliced avocado, fresh strawberries, steak tips, bell peppers, glass of milk, side of ranch. Dinner now: Fruit loops with no milk, cheese stick, side of ranch.Amanda Marcotte | Mediocre Mommy@storiesofamom

So what goes wrong?? Maybe little is often is a better motto?

Parenting snack quote

Alright, so sometimes it can be tricky feeding a small child healthy food at respectable mealtimes. Maybe you should just let them choose what they want?

Parenting Fowl language cartoon

(OK. Maybe not…)


When I Grow Up

“Great thing about your kids getting older: They have the ability to help you with things. Bad thing about your kids getting older: They don’t want to.” Jack’s Dad@DaddingAround

So eventually there comes a time when those early years become a bit of a blur:-

  • Your kids/grandkids are sleeping through the night. (And some of the day.)
  • They can look after themselves. (With some gentle cajoling – “FOR THE 10TH TIME!!!…”)
  • They look up to you and respect you…

OK I admit I was pushing it with the last one. Unfortunately the raw truth is more like:-

Parenting Fowl language cartoon

We become a bit of an embarrassment. However ‘cool’ we may think we are as a parent or grandparent, we’re not. There’s no escape from it. Your beautiful, loving child/grandchild has morphed from needing and wanting you 24/7 to an increasingly independent young adult, who wants as little to do with you as possible:-

“Children: Look at ME!!! LOOK AT ME!!MOM!! LOOK AT MEEEEEE!!! Then you wake up one morning and look over at your children with so much love in your eyes… Teenagers: WHAT?? Why are you looking at me??” Judy @judyohtweets


So What Have We Learnt?!

After the ‘death/deaf’ experience, I liked to think I was a wee bit more prepared for Charlie’s tales about his day at school. However, I still got completely sucked in when he came bounding out one day, great big grin on his face, saying “Mummy, I learnt something really good at school today!!”

My heart leapt at his enthusiasm as I waited to hear some amazing fact about the planets, or the lifespan of a caterpillar, or (pushing it) equilateral triangles…

“Look” he beamed. And then proceeded to show me how he could now do an armpit fart with his hand. And a knee fart. 😂

I had to admit, he did it well and I couldn’t fail to get caught up in his immense pride and enjoyment of learning this valuable life tool.

The journey of parenting and grandparenting truly is the most puzzling and perplexing job at times and NOTHING can prepare you for it. But you won’t regret one single, joyful, hysterical (in both senses of the word…), overwhelming-love-filled minute of it. ❤️❤️❤️

Alison Reddihough is the perplexed co-parent of 2 (now teenage) boys and co-founder and writer for Tickled Moon, who create heartwarming personalised children’s books.

You can check out all of her other blogs here. All cartoons by the wonderful Fowl Language

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