The Opposite Me : #ThePrompt

To the children we’re just Mummy and Daddy.  For them to comprehend that we had an exciting life before they came along is unfathomable. We’re the ones who usually play it safe, who are their ‘careful-radar’.  Where they see excitement we see danger;  where they see exploration we see exposure. We are their opposite.

In the most part, we are the conservative ones – me more so that DadTired, if I’m honest.

It’s the opposite of the ME that I knew six years ago, BC [before children].  It certainly wasn’t the ME that DadTired got to know when I was living the PR lifestyle in London, working & partying 23 hours of the day, 7 days a week.

Within a short period of time, I seem to have turned into my opposite.   What happened to the ME who confidently roller skated across the Covent Garden cobbles and into All Bar One?  Now, I’d be thinking about easy access to the emergency first aid kit in my bag.

I’m not saying I want my children to do exactly that, but I want them to do the opposite of the norm if that’s what they want to do!

Whilst on holiday I got to be the opposite of the Mummy who is always trying to keep them on track and on time, and it was a very attractive proposition.

I got to tell awful jokes instead of being the correcting one;

I made up silly songs with the word Poo in them, as opposed to telling them to ‘stop using that word’;

I turned up the music after dinner and danced with them until out of breath as opposed to telling them to turn it down and get to bed;

I started the cartwheel competition as opposed to worrying about whether they’d fall and hurt themselves.

cartwheel pm square

But you know what, being the opposite of the ‘shopping-cooking-orderly’ mummy was FANTASTIC for me and hilariously funny for Thing 1 & Thing 2 !

I know in the main it’s my job to double-check school letters, make sure they have clean underwear and generally learn to play nicely with other children, but it can sometimes feel like the boring bit of parenting.  I’m determined to keep showing Thing 1 & Thing 2 that I have an opposite, fun side, too.


Because I want them to see people as people, and not just as the pre-conceived label that’s put on them.

I want them to be confident to do whatever they want to do, but know when’s appropriate and when it’s not.

I want them to have the confidence to have fun & enjoy life.

When the day-to-day tasks of family life become too serious without us realising it, when the grind becomes a churn then it’s time to crank up the music, tell a silly joke and do a cartwheel or two – whatever it takes.

Be the opposite of what’s expected. They children love it and we all feel a little bit better about life!


Thank you Sara at Mumturnedmom for this week’s #The Prompt which is OPPOSITES


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  • Chrissie

    Awesome cartwheel.

    I wanna see some poo song lyrics, plx.

    You’re absolutely right that kids need to see that we are people and sometimes we can be unpredictable and silly too. x

    • MummyShire

      Haha! Once you get started you’ll be surprised how many words do actually rhyme with Poo – two, loo, glue, moo, flew…oh I could go on, but I won’t (!!) – and add to any generic nursery rhyme tune and you’re made! DJ Norman Cook eat your heart out!! haha xx

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    This is a fabulous take on the prompt, love it! It’s so true that we become different as parents, and often the polar opposite to who we were before. You are right that we need to let our opposite me out every so often, our children will learn a lot from them 🙂 Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt, lovely to have you join in again xx

    • MummyShire

      It’s lovely to join again Sara, and I am always in awe of those who write so eloquently when #Prompt-ed. As always it’s time that is against me! Thanks for the linky x

  • Nicola

    Love it!! Got to let the hair done somehow – but it is finding the time! Xx

    • MummyShire

      Lordy, I know that time is never on our side but there are little moments which we can snatch to let our hair down – moments of spontaneity that can brighten up a day and get you back to being ‘YOU’!
      Lovely to see you, my lovely xx

  • Potty Mouthed Mummy

    Really love this interpretation on the prompt. I fear if I was to cartwheel these days my back might give up ha ha! x

    • MummyShire

      Haha! My daughter challenged me and I couldn’t say no! Just being opposite to the day-to-day, whatever that looks like, is good enough for me!

  • John Adams

    Quite right Tracy, keep showing the kids your fun side. Although I have to say, I find it hard to believe you can hide it it! #theprompt

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