So. Tired.

This is a post about how just when you think you’re finally winning at parenting your kids remind you that they do and always will, have the upper hand. It looks at how they use their very best methods to ‘clip your wings’ and bring you ‘back down to earth’!

We went up to Pretoria yesterday morning, and after doing a few family visits, we took the kids to Bounce, one of the new trampoline parks that have recently opened up in Gauteng. Look out for my review later in the week. It really was a great outing for the kids.

After that we stayed over with friends and had a lovely dinner and few glasses of wine.

This morning all the other adults left to go to work and I waited out the commuter traffic before starting the long solo journey home with the kids (4 hours of driving with two kids, alone).

As soon as I started trying to get the kids dressed … is when the fight started. (Check out the link for jokes in this theme). Please don’t carry on reading if swearing and ranting will offend you.

In a moment of madness (obviously) I had mistakenly packed only long tights for the kids, instead of their preferred 3/4 length tights, I mean ‘what a b*tch’ right?

My eldest threw a tantrum for an hour over this. Or maybe it’s just my face that upset her? She proclaimed that she didn’t want to wear the long tights because:

  1. It’s still summer
  2. They have lines in them (wrinkles)
  3. They look ridiculous
  4. Everyone will laugh at her

I have no words.

After watching this ‘sh*t show’ my youngest decided to join in on the act by trying to throw a tantrum because she didn’t like the t-shirts I’d packed for her – a choice of 3!

I just can not grasp why the f*ck they do this! Seriously.

Eventually I gave up, went and made myself a coffee and ignored their ridiculous crying and carrying on and actually just left them to it. Thanks goodness I had the luxury of time on my side and I thought this would be better. I’d already exhausted all the nice, kind, patient and even the white lies that I had in my arsenal of dealing with unrealistic tantrums.

If my husband had been standing there, I’d have tagged him in with an “I’m out, you’re up”, but he wasn’t. He’d gone off to his stressful job, and I was now facing mine! Swapsies?

Eventually after I ignored them for 45 minutes they got dressed.

It then took 25 minutes to convince them to actually get IN the car! Why?

Finally they are in the car when suddenly my eldest remembered her list of grievances and started her crying and wailing again! She cried all the way from their to my aunt’s house – an hour!

In case you were wondering – she was still crying. At some point I offered to turn myself in to the next police officer I saw because clearly I’m a terrible mother for packing long tights instead of short – this just produced more wailing!

We collected my aunt (who had never seen anything like this in her life – never having had kids) and took her to the shopping centre so she could go to the bank. She gladly went ahead by herself while I tried to persuade them to get OUT of the car!

By the time we got to the shopping centre my blood pressure must have been sky-high! I couldn’t take it anymore, and I knew I would be trapped in a vehicle with her for the journey home – 3 hours! 3 hours where I would have to drive on the highway and actually concentrate to keep us all alive!

So I caved. I went and bought her the cheapest pair of ‘short-tights’ I could find which were on sale! BECAUSE IT IS NEARLY WINTER HERE!

She approved of them before I bought them, and we went straight to the shopping centre toilets where she put them on and was happy!


It must be my face.

Besides the fact that I was happy that she was happy and therefore I didn’t have to hear her cry the entire 3 hour drive home from there, I hated the part of me that gave in to her! At nearly 6 years old she still occasionally behaves like this!

I just can’t. I’m tired.

Roll on Saturday when granny arrives because I need a break from irrational demanding children!

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  1. Author

    Oh my god kids sure do know how to push every single button of ours. All the above would shit my kids off the same! I try to remain calm and patient for so long but when I do snap it happens in second and now the monster has appeared and my tantrum at them could last longer than theirs ? We are on holidays too. Day 2 now, feels like that have been with me for 5 days already! It’s been long and it’s only just started……

    1. Author

      I felt like that on day 2. I’m just counting the days until mom & dad get here – 4 sleeps! So excited.

  2. Author

    Oh. My. Goodness. Shame man, you shouldn’t be hard on yourself about giving in on the “short” leggings. The thought (dread) of three hours in a car with all that tantruming (yes I know that’s not an actual word lol) would’ve sent any mom to the nearest clothing store to do the same!! Let’s hope that day was a once off in a long, looooong time! xx

    1. Author

      Thanks for that. I’m even feeling guilty today for posting about my day in such a ranting way but in the spirit of staying try to my reasons for starting my blog I have decided not to delete it! Lol #thisisreallife

  3. Author

    I remember being that exact kid. I would only wear my sock inside out because the line irritated me. I can see I’ll be in for a rough ride with my daughter! ?

  4. Author

    I LOVE THIS!!! I love not feeling alone! Kids are basically midget dictators. I’ve already planned my revenge. I’m waiting into line they’re in their teens and I’m pulling all for the shit they did to me.: Waking them up in the middle of the night to tell them I needed to pee, wailing then ip at 2 am asking for a hug, not waiking them up but standing 5 inches from their face in the pitch black and just staring at them till they wake up. The one I’m most looking forward to is the temper tantrum in the store! I can’t wait to fling myself on the ground and scream about how ugly that outfit is….or just wander off without a word and let them look for me for 30 minutes before coming out from under the clothes rack!

    1. Author

      haha … so true. I’ve heard it’s actually Karma but I know for a fact I was a good child who never pulled 1/2 this sh*t – mostly because I was ‘terrified’ of my mom. Respect. But I’m guessing since my sister doesn’t have kids I have been ‘blessed’ with her share of the karma cos she was a naughty brat so my mom’s revenge has been all blessed on me!

  5. Author

    I am crying!!! ??? Ugh!!! I’m not looking forward to this. Right now my toddler is giving me glimpses of this and I’m soooo over it!

    1. Author

      haha … I guess it’s funny to read it now. Thanks x

  6. Author

    Oh my god, this must drive you crazy!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

    1. Author

      I don’t think so – they will be traumatized for life I think!

  7. Author

    My favorite part-“…suddenly my eldest remembered her list of grievances.” SO TRUE!!! I have a 16 year old girl, a 9 year old girl and a 5 year old boy. Travel is NOT fun. Shopping is NOT fun. Hang in there!!!!

  8. Author

    This right here is my f*cking life. I have four girls and everything is always so very wrong. Thanks for linking up to #globalblogging.

    1. Author

      haha … and I thought having two would be best so they could harass each other.

  9. Author

    I’m having a very similar day already and it’s not even 8am. Breakfast is today’s issue. He’s looking at the cereal, crying because we don’t have any cereal. It’s in front of him!!!! #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Author

      haha … it’s only funny cos it’s not me today. So far! Be strong. x

  10. Author

    With a three hour car journey ahead, I would have caved too! Who knows what goes through their little minds sometimes! Thanks for joining us at #GlobalBlogging

  11. Author

    Shame on you for not packing short tights 😉 Oh it’s never-ending! They will tantrum over everything! My two are exactly the same xxx #FridayFrolics

  12. Author

    I have long since given up trying to figure out my son’s train of thought or reason with him. I just accept now… they are so strange and so set in their ways, our little cute sleep-thieves!

  13. Author

    You did totally thrown right thing. No one needs that on a 3 hours journey! Just remember to pack all the tights next time!! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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  15. Author

    They still do this type of thing when they’re SIX?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics

    1. Author

      I know! I thought it was finished after the epic finale season of last year! No such luck.

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