Being a parent can be amazing. But it can also be embarrassing. Very embarrassing. Here are a few embarrassing parenting moments that made us chuckle.
We had guests over for a braai and my son — upset at being told it was bath time — had a poo on the patio. In front of everyone.
Mommy has an ouchy
My son, who is three, walked in on me while I was using a sanitary towel. He tried to ask questions, but I just hurried him out to the car. When we got to nursery school he proceeded to tell his teacher, ‘My mommy has a plaster in her undies for her ouchy’.
The birds and the bees
After we had the ‘birds and the bees’ talk, my son kept pointing at men in the shops and asking, ‘Mommy, does that man have a penis, too?’
Standing around the braai one night, my eight-year-old kept shining his torch up and down the place where our friend’s amputated leg would have been. Everyone just pretended it wasn’t happening. Cringe!
But why mommy?
While I was talking to one of the other moms at the nursery school gate, my little one came up to me and shrieked, ‘You said you didn’t like Angie’s mom — why are you talking to her?’
I was sitting with my three-year-old son in the small waiting room at the doctor, when he pointed to a man with a large belly that poked out the bottom of his shirt and asked (loudly, of course) why that man had such a huge tummy. The ground couldn’t have swallowed me up fast enough.
My two-year-old daughter got stuck walking behind an elderly woman using a walking stick. She clearly got impatient so she shouted at the woman to ‘hurry up already!’
Not suitable for children
My most awkward moment was having a condom my two-year-old had somehow got hold of handed back to me by a rather dashing guy after my son dropped it in a lift. It’s the one and only time my son actually listened when I told him to ‘Drop it, NOW!’ and the one and only time I wish he hadn’t. Leigh Geary, who writes the entertaining blog themomdiaries.co.za.
A few years ago, my son asked my husband if he (my husband) was a baby. Surprised, my hubby explained that no, he was a grown-up. My son responded with: ‘Then why do you sleep in the bed with mommy every night — she told me that only babies sleep with mommies instead of in their own beds.’
In the supermarket my little boy asked — at the top of his lungs (obviously!) — ‘Mama, why does my pipi go up when I look at that lady with the big boobs?’ I don’t know who went a brighter shade of red; me or the lady with the big boobs!
From the mouths of babes
My daughter, aged 4, climbed onto the lap of an elderly relative, stroked her face and said, ‘You should have used face cream when you were younger’.
My daughter had her ballet watching day at school. It started off well until she realised she was actually dancing in front of a room full of attentive moms. She made eye contact with me then suddenly threw her props to the floor, let out a window shattering screech and ran into my arms. It was so completely unexpected that the other mothers couldn’t wipe the shock off their faces.
Of course, I spent the next 45 minutes watching other people’s children dance their little hearts out while my own child lay curled up on my lap. Cindy Alfino, who shares about being a mom at 3kids2dogsand1oldhouse.co.za.