Published On: Tue, Sep 25th, 2012

Dear Mummy

Danielle Mantakoul

Danielle Mantakoul

BA of Ed Early Childhood and Editor at Mummy Weekly
She's described as one of the most engaging & dynamic speakers in the early childhood industry today, now having educated hundreds of thousands of parents & teachers. She has lectured for organisations such as KU Children’s Services, Only About Children, Qantas, National Australia Bank, Child Protection Australia, Goodstart and hundreds of council & private centres. She also developed and ran the popular parenting series for the Australian Financial Review.
Danielle Mantakoul

RememberDear Mummy when you were a child? Sometimes it’s a smell, a noise or an event that can instantly take us back to a moment in our childhood. Right now, our kids are creating those moments they too will remember when adults. Being parents, our brains become filled with the day to day duties of life. It’s this busyness that can stop us from remembering and therefore understanding why our kids do some of those things that drive us crazy. If your kids had the language of an adult, there are a few things they may like to remind you about childhood.

Dear Mummy…

  • I know I have a lot of questions, but this is my first time on earth!
  • I know I already asked you that, but that was a minute ago, and maybe you have had time to rethink it.
  • Stop whining? Oh don’t be silly, It gets your attention.
  • Now that really is a big hole. I don’t think so.
  • I know I liked that yesterday, but today is a new day, and I have decided I simply don’t like it anymore.
  • I know I repeat myself a lot, but so do you!
  • I know you SAY you’re talking to someone on the phone, but I can’t hear anyone!
  • It’s the Thomas bowl or I simply don’t eat.
  • It’s the pink cup or I simply don’t drink.
  • I know the shoes are too big but I’m too little to care.
  • Yes you’re right! One minute of sleep does equal one extra hour of being awake.
  • Granted I may of been able to put my shoes on yesterday, but today I simply cannot do this anymore. I have off days too you know.
  • Just try to arrange with Santa to take that dummy away, and see what happens.
  • Sticky tape fixes everything… yes everything.
  • Dirt? What dirt?
  • Smell? What smell?
  • Yes I know I just chose that one, but all of a sudden it is less appealing…  than yours.
  • My sleeve? As if I have the urge to go find a tissue, oh please, there are better things to do with my time.
  • Of course I want to chat to you when you’re on the toilet. Your toilet training has taught me this is a social event.
  • So I like to climb, doesn’t everyone?
  • Don’t eat ALL the Easter egg? Yeah right, as if even you could stop.
  • I really didn’t mean to spill that, but you know it was in my way.
  • Sleep is so overrated.
  • Yes I am still hungry… yes I know I just ate.
  • Yes I know I’ve never tried it before but I just know I don’t like it.
  • And no, I shall never feel your sense of urgency to get out the door.

By Danielle Mantakoul
Copyright 2012
www.mummyweekly.com.au

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