I sometimes watch Mr Baffled with our little Button-Pusher and think, he’s so much more patient with her than I am, and I started to wonder whether dads’ buttons are different to mums’, or whether kids push them in different ways? Best way to find out: ask some dads. David Round works alongside his partner … More Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? David from Big Fish Little Fish
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.
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.
Emily Joyce is an English actress born and raised in South East London. Perhaps best known for the popular BBC 1 series, My Hero, and more recently for an amazing performance on the London Stage in, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, Emily is mum to two boys, Gabriel (15) and Bailey … More Actress, Emily Joyce: who pushed her buttons?
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
I think I’d assumed that potty training was going to be a swift affair. Girls are easier than boys they say. They also say if you leave it until your child seems really ready, till there’s some bladder control and an understanding, there’s a greater chance of success. Yet here we were, on … More Potty training: I’m still mopping up the mess
I wrote recently about the time my beautiful little Button-Pusher repeatedly requested that I drive to the park, in a post entitled 5 Buttons That Have Been Pushed Recently. Repetition is a theme that features heavily in both my posts and in our lives. B-P repeats herself endlessly. It’s a constant source of button pushing … More Ground Hog Day? Repeat Repeat Repeat…..
Last week I was moaning to a friend. Less of a moan really, more a venting of frustrations. It was a particularly low day for me and I was feeling pretty worn out. My beautiful little Button-Pusher was on amazing form, and really baffling me with her ability to make me laugh out loud one … More Is your bucket empty?
Lately I am reminded of an incident I witnessed on a bus, when I was about 5 months pregnant. I watched a young mum shout at her toddler. She was short-tempered, her tone bordering on aggressive, her face and body language full of frustration and annoyance. I don’t remember what the child had done to provoke such a response from … More Don’t judge: it might happen to you