When they refuse to eat their dinner
They begged for fish fingers last week, then this week they’re suddenly the most disgusting thing they’ve ever encountered. They end up on the floor, on the ceiling, in their hair… anywhere but their mouths. And to add insult to injury, five minutes later they’re complaining they’re hungry… sigh.
When they have a tantrum because…. who knows?!
How dare you give them the purple cup when they wanted the yellow one! Or were you evil enough to cut their sandwiches into triangles instead of squares? Perhaps you’re one of those awful parents who expects their child go to bed at bedtime? Whatever the ridiculous reason, many children don’t need much of an excuse to throw a tantrum. The best thing to do? Laugh to stop yourself from crying too…
When you wear something fresh from the wash
Clean clothes seem to have some sort of magnetic pull when it comes to kid-related mess. From baby sick or poo to sticky fingers, fruit juice and felt-tip pens, whatever’s going on, it usually ends up on your newly cleaned clothes. And you just know that as soon as you change into something else, it’s “ding ding ding, round two!”
When you take a long (or short!) car journey
Gone are the days when you could sing along to your favourite tunes: now it’s all about the wheels on the bus going round and round… and round… and round… and round…. But it’s a choice between this or the sound of a crying tot or fighting siblings… “All together now! The wheels on the bus go round and round…”
When you try to keep a straight face when telling them off
You know that laughing at their cheeky behaviour only encourages them, but sometimes you just can’t help it. Whether it’s their attempt to plead innocence when their (chocolate-or-paint-covered) fingerprints are all over the scene of the “crime”, or they say something rude about the neighbour you secretly can’t stand, keeping a straight face when your little one is in “cheeky monkey” mode can be one of the biggest tests of motherhood (but a fun one!).
When you try to leave the house on time
No matter how early you set the alarm, no matter how much you prepared the night before, no matter how quickly you got everyone dressed, fed and watered… you can almost guarantee that JUST as you’re about to leave the house, someone needs the toilet/can’t find their left shoe/has decided they want to wear something else… oh well, you tried!
While your kids might test your strength, you can help build theirs with the Oral-B kids’ tooth-care range. Teach them to take good care of their smile with the Oral-B Stages Power brush, with a Frozen or Star Wars design for ages three-six. Or for the over sixes there’s the Oral-B Junior Electric Toothbrush. After all, strong teeth make strong kids – and strong kids need a strong mum like you!
What do your kids do to test your strength? Let us know your funny stories in the comments section below…