Thursday, 29 November 2012

How to embarass your kids in one easy lesson...

My eldest two (aged 13 & 14) have reached that age where they find their parents sooo embarrassing and at the same time I have reached the age where I'm no longer worried what people think!
So this post is dedicated to talking about embarrassing your kids, which I think is something I managed to do on Tuesday.

I was on the school run picking up Tomas as usual but because the older two have a late finish on that day I popped round a friends for a cup of tea and a chat. When the time came to go and pick up Rachel and Jack I left Tomas at my friends playing and headed out in the rain to get the kids. I park on a very small housing estate in the middle of both the primary school and the secondary school, it's basically a square with houses in the middle and all around the outside. Once I've picked up the kids I have to drive around the square to get out and as we were driving round I noticed a wooden ironing board left out with the bins ready for collection.
ME : "Ooh! Look a wooden ironing board! Let's go around again so I can pick it up".

The KIDS : "NO NO Mum that's so embarrassing, our friends will see you".

ME : "No it's fine I'll be really quick honestly".

The Kids : more moaning about how embarrassing I am in stereo from the back of the car.

I ignore them, drive around the block and stop the car outside the house saying "I won't be a minute"

Now I just wanted to make sure it was okay for me to take the ironing board so I knocked on the door of the house it was outside but there was no reply.
By this time the kids are cringing in the back of the car, this isn't helped by one of Jack's friends walking up to the house opposite and knocking on the door.
As the lady opposite came to open the door I declared
"Excuse we I just need to embarrass my kids, do you think it would be okay if I took this ironing board from your neighbours rubbish bin?"

The very kind lady said yes it would be fine and so I happily picked up the ironing board and popped it in the boot of the car.

I would like to say that we all drove away happy but although I was quite chuffed with my ironing board, the kids weren't quite so impressed by their mother's antics!!!

Because it was raining I just put the ironing board in the garage to dry out and today I had a quick look at it and it's a lovely solid wood ironing board which I thought just needed a new cover, but as I opened it up I realised that there was a crack in the board itself, I think that this will be quite easy to replace and once I have made a new cover for it it will be as good as new.

What do you think was I embarrassing enough?


  1. I think you did well, but you could do better. Rerun that whole scenario but place my sister and I in the back seat with my mother picking up horse manure, with a shovel, for the allotment! (she also sang reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallly loudly any time we went to any carol concert! Mind you, I do this now! However, I am less of a foghorn than her!)

  2. This did make me laugh! I have a thirteen year old daughter who seems to be embarrassed by just about everything I say or do these days!

  3. ...or rerun that scenario with my two boys in the backseat while I jumped out at the Council's local Daffodil planting patch and grabbed a least twice a week each Springtime!Mothers, eh!

  4. I embarassed BigSon yesterday - I was in the supermarket at the same time as him & his school mates and a spoke to them!!! oh and I tried to ruffle his hair - evil Mum me!!

    A good find - look forward to seeing it transformed :)

  5. Dont worry Tracy, you'll spend the next 20 or so years embarrassing them, I still do mine and the eldest is 42! They'll get used to it over time. My Tom (37) told me just the other day when I apologised for embarrassing him and his partner in front of the crowd at Marissa's birthday party "it plateaus eventually"

  6. Oh yes! I could hear my sons voices as I read that No mum No!
    I was given an ironing board just like that for my grand-daughter!
    Julie xxxxx

  7. Hello Tracy

    How funny!!! Poor babes ......we mothers do make their lives difficult. I've done something like that before I was involved with bringing out photos of my daughter when she was little and showing them to a lad she was absolutely besotted with.

    That ironing board looks like a good find to me.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  8. Tell them you are on the lookout for the iron o go with it

  9. Ha Ha Ha, sooo funny!! I have also got to the age where I don't give a damn!! :) By the way, love the ironing board! :)


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