If there is one thing I have learnt as a parent it is that, once your child starts to speak, you need to toughen up. Children have no fear when it comes to telling it like it is, so if you are easily insulted, you’re going to have a hard time of it.
I have been blessed with very nice, polite children (mostly) but in the past three days alone I’ve had to put up with the following comments.
Number One, when I mentioned that my hair needs colouring: “No, your hair is not grey” Aw, how sweet. “It is white, Mammy”. Yes, well, thank you for pointing that out love.
Number Two, on a separate occasion: “Mammy, you are like Anna” Aw, he thinks I’m a princess. “Your hair is white too”. Oh, right, that’s what you meant. Nice.
Number Two: “Mammy, you are not one bit like Mary Poppins. You are whole [completely] like her”. I was puzzled at this till I realised we were out for a walk with the buggy and I had a hat on and an umbrella up.
Number Two: “You have a very wobbly bum, don’t you?” Hmm, do I indeed? How kind of you to say.
Needless to say I am quite content with Number Three only being able to say “Mammy”, “shoes”, “kissies” and nothing else for now.