My gorgeous little Button-Pusher has got into the habit of requiring a nappy change, just as we’re about to leave the house, and it has the power to push buttons of annoyance, anger and frustration all at once. It drives me crazy. Really crazy. I leave the house these days in a rush and a … More The buttons they push, are often the things we dislike in ourselves.
Dear Daughter, I’ll cut right to the chase: I’m so over changing your nappy, I’m done with the diapers, it’s time for your tush to meet the toilet. And let me tell you why. Early last summer, and feeling as though the world and his wife had commented on it being time to … More I’m done with diapers.
I write this blog, in a thoughtful but largely light hearted way, about the things that toddlers do that push our buttons. But something really pushed my buttons this week: when I read that in 2016, young women are still being told to take responsibility for a man’s unwelcome gaze or actions. A deputy principal at a … More Let’s NOT teach our children outdated messages about consent & respect.
Recently I interviewed Emily Joyce about who pushes her buttons and how she navigates parenthood. She said one thing in particular that really stuck in my mind: I wonder whether a lot of parenting is about the loss of control and trying to cope with that. It rang a big old bell for me, and struck … More This is a story about control. My control. And the Button-Pusher who challenges it.
Mr Baffled and I had our little Button-Pusher a bit later in life. Many of our friends however didn’t wait, so for around 15 years before becoming parents, we were surrounded by children of various ages. We spent a huge amount of time with our friends and their kids and they (the friends) all said … More Who’s pushing the failure button?
I’ve been doing my best to avoid using the word ‘bossy’ when referring to my gorgeous little Button-Pusher. Words are powerful and can have a very negative effect on our emotions and self esteem, and the word ‘bossy’ has a particularly negative association. So much so, that in 2014, Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, launched the … More Bossy? Nope just being assertive Mum!
My gorgeous little Button-Pusher has recently started to call me ‘Mum’. Just a handful of times, but it’s on the increase, and it has stopped me in my tracks. I was not not prepared for it and I’m not happy about it! And why? Why is it such a big deal to me? When B-P … More Don’t call me Mum!
There once was a girl with a head full of curls, whose favourite word was ‘mine’. From the moment she woke, whenever she spoke, she would utter the very same line: “That’s mine!” she would whine, all of the time, regardless of what she had seen. A toy, or a hat, a bike or a … More But It’s Mine!
The gorgeous little Button-Pusher and I made some Christmas cards at the weekend (I know, I know: it’s only October but that’s how we roll in the Baffled household. Well to be honest, Mr B thinks I’m mad to have started so far in advance of Christmas, so perhaps it’s just how I roll…). It took … More Expectation will kill you quicker than crack!
There once was a girl with a head full of curls, who’d developed an interesting skill. With a look or a glance, or a sigh or a prance, she could push Mummy’s buttons at will. Well I say ‘at will’ but that takes some skill, and even this Mummy knew: when toddlers behave as toddlers … More From Pusher with Love