I’m sorry I’m the mum you hate. 

I’ve recently realised that I’m one of those mum’s.

I sewed buttons and cuffs on one of Charlotte’s dresses and hunted down gold balloons so she could be Veruca Salt for Reading Week’s fancy dress day.

Veruca Salt with Golden Egg and Golden Ticket of course.

I sent my daughter to school on Red Nose Day with her face painted.

Just a quick face paint job before school.

And I have just spent the last weekend
and a couple of evenings
cultivating a floral masterpiece that is Charlotte’s Easter bonnet.

She has had a hand in all these ideas, and is particularly fussy about what chicks and rabbits go where but, I realise, I’ve put too much effort in.

Maybe the most over the top Easter Bonnet ever made?

This is not because I have oodles of spare time after I’ve been to the gym and had a manicure(I wish)

This is not because I want my daughter to win the
Easter bonnet competition I promise.

It’s because I actually love doing these things and there’s pretty much no other time I get to do this stuff!

As a single parent who has 6/7 evenings stuck at home whilst Charlotte sleeps, it’s sometimes a choice between being creative and making something that Charlotte will be proud of or watch yet another box set on Netflix (If you haven’t watched Frankie and Grace yet, get on it)…or even more dangerous upload a dating app and chat to a variety of men who will all, I can guarantee, turn out to be knobheads at one point or another.

Unfortunately my job doesn’t give me much room for manoeuvre when it comes to creativity either, unless I manage to sneak through a document typed in Calibri rather than Arial up the sign off chain.

So, rather than pop to the supermarket to buy something ready done or not do something at all, I look like the ‘pain in the arse mum’ who has spent ages helping and curating something, has spent £100s on craft paraphernalia (I didn’t, I somehow already had everything in stock) and may even have her own glue gun (I do).

And for this, I’m sorry.

If it helps you to forgive me at all, I have not once baked cakes for the cake sale and Charlotte’s decided she now hates the Easter bonnet. Naturally.

10 Comments

    1. theperfectjuggler

      April 6, 2017 at 8:46 am

      I’m so glad it’s not just me! x

  1. Ami

    April 6, 2017 at 7:27 am

    I love this! I am this mum all the time and I love it!

    1. theperfectjuggler

      April 6, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Hooray! Cheers for the crafty mum’s! x

  2. Wave to Mummy

    April 6, 2017 at 7:49 am

    What a shame as that’s a great looking Easter bonnet! I’m totally the opposite camp in terms of I buy it ready made from the supermarket… but I do love seeing the effort some people go to:)

    1. theperfectjuggler

      April 6, 2017 at 8:48 am

      I managed to coerce her with more gaudy eggs and chicks! ? I wish I didn’t have such high expectations of myself! Mom guilt manifests itself in many ways it would seem! x

  3. Sophie and Lily

    April 6, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    one of those mums too! Love the bonnet 🙂

    1. theperfectjuggler

      April 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Yay! So glad it’s not just me! Thanks for reading!

  4. Candice

    June 5, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I’m a try to be one of these mums, but I fail every time. I’m seriously ungifted in the crafty area. Hats off to you! I admire mums who can do these things 🙂

    1. admin

      June 5, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks Candice, I didn’t mention that I regularly forget to pack my daughter’s tea for after school club or forget about her water bottle until we’re nearing the school gates…I admire the mums who do all that stuff well! 😂

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