Fear is just one of those things that go hand in hand with parenting in general.
Fear is just one of those things that go hand in hand with parenting in general. The very responsibility of keeping another human alive and happy is terrifying. Not to mention the many scary curveball and uncertainties that life throws your way.
Some things are a little scarier than others. These things might sound trivial to some people, but I can assure you that they are guaranteed ways of scaring the life out of a parent.
- A danger nap. It usually happens somewhere between 3pm - 5pm and has a tendency to occur in the car.
- A request from the teacher for a “quick chat”.
- An unprovoked and entirely random outpouring of love from your child. This is almost certainly a cunning way of them preparing you for something “naughty” that they’ve done.
- The clocks going back. Or forward. The clocks going anywhere that’s not bedtime.
- Snow. We’re still not over the cabin fever... * shudder *
- When someone suggests moving your couch to find the pen/toy/remote that’s been misplaced. There are raisins under there and you haven’t had raisins in weeks.
- The mention of an issue with the WIFI. It is our connection to the outside world and the vast numbers of other terrified parents.
- Silence. Never ever a sign of something good. They’re colouring the walls, raiding the fridge or worse... asleep!
- A letter from the school about head-lice.
- Glitter. In any variety and in any form. It embeds itself in the carpet, lives in your kids eyelashes and ends up in your porridge. No to glitter.
Written by Tracey Quinn staff writer at Family Friendly HQ.