… some days it’s like a finger painting – terribly messy!

I like to be strict but fair when it comes to disciplining my children. This doesn’t always go to plan and some days I give in just to keep the peace. Or I throw a sly bribe in to the mix. Hey it’s a win win situation, who are we to judge? Right?

When being out and about though I like to keep a standard that my children are well aware of.

  • Use your manners, a simple please and thank you goes a long way.
  • No shouting,especially in enclosed areas such as a packed lift.
  • No running,this goes for escalators. The last thing I want is for your little toes to be jammed at the end of the ride.
  • No asking for things just because they have neon lights and are shouting at you to pick them up!
  • Sit still at the table when eating, no one wants to stumble over  you should you happen to be on the floor.

For the most part things go to plan and we eat out and shop in relative comfort.

Sometimes I think this can throw you into a false sense of security. You know full well they can behave, so when it starts going pear shaped it knocks you for six.

That six knocked me the other day, it was a huge hit and mean mummy came out to play.

I had picked up the children from school, the sense of security was high and I had extended the offer of a treat when we went shopping….


The minute we walked through the doors it started. It was like someone had replaced my children with a set of kangaroos…. Bounce bounce…. Throw in a galah, yell yell….

Holy Moly I don’t how many times I said SSSSHhhhh and stop jumping!!

I gave a warning, If you don’t stop you won’t get the treat. By this stage they were holding it, guarding it almost. Just thought of a treat had sent them into a giddy panic.

By the time we got to the register I had had enough and said sternly, you didn’t heed the warning, put the treat back on the shelf!!!

Lips dropped, heads bowed, shoulders slumped. Treats were returned.

I didn’t care; I had asked and expected good behaviour inside the shop. This went by the way side and was by all means totally ignored.

I turned around to stand in line to pay for the things that I had picked up and the lady in front gave me a virtual high five….say what?!

Good on you, she mouthed quietly.

A little mummy victory right there… silently I could have done a little jig… just imagine I did ;)

Mean mummy scores 1, children 0.

Now it is up to them to even up the tally board.


So what are your thoughts on the art of parenting? What discipline tricks work for you?

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  • Hahahah hahaha definitely can sympathise with the kangaroo visual!


  • haha virtual high fives lol


  • Thanks for sharing this interesting article.


  • It’s not being mean, just being a mum trying to teach their kids


  • Taking away technology works for me


  • Hahaha love it. We’re at the stage now where if our almost two year old starts to chuck a tantrum when we’re out we get a warning, then we get the count of three and if we haven’t calmed down we go straight home. So far it’s only happened once but I anticipate a lot more lol.


  • thank you sharing this article good read


  • It is great to hear kids use their manners.


  • Good on you, you sound like a proud parent raising your children with morals and ethics


  • thanks for sharing was a great read


  • Yes that sounds so much like our house hold in January.


  • Thanks everyone for your comments :) its so nice to see support from fellow parents… As we near the end of the school holidays, I think we all deserve a high 5!!


  • One thing I wish other parents would teach their kids is that eating your way around the shop is theft. Mine knows she is NOT to touch anything until it is paid for – but very tricky when you see parents stuiffing the kids with grapes, fruit, nuts – even opening biscuits and bread rolls – it is wrong.


  • Exactly what i would do. But then i am dealing with a tantrum from a four year old and i would have to start another bribe to stop the tanti. It goes around in circles some days. Bribes work wonders i find.


  • Like then analogy of Parenting sometimes being messy. Thanks for being honest as Mum’s we are pretty hard on our own expectations of ourselves.


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