Sunday, 21 October 2012

Running Errands with a Child

Riding with the Kids

A couple of notes on the matter of running errands with a child, say a five year old, by your side:
  • Be prepared to find yourself serving in the role of a portable coat hanger. Or rather, a generic item holder, because in my case I found myself today holding items ranging from hoodies through water bottles to remote control tanks.
  • That dreaded "I need the toilet" moment? It always comes in the least comfortable moment. Especially if just prior to that, when a comfortably clean loo was just nearby, you asked your child if they need the toilet. Indeed, I would raise a suggestion for a guaranteed Ig Nobel award winning research: do kids have the superpower to tell when their parent would be least comfortable with their request to urgently go to the toilet?
I've said it before and I'll say it again: they don't tell you these things when they say how lovely parenthood is. That said, it's not all bad. There are obvious benefits to doing one's errands in the company of a charming young fellow who obviously looks up to you.


Sarah said...

Just keep repeating "It's a joy, it's a joy!"

The Other Moshe said...

I think he would rather repeat: "It's a joystick, it's a joystick!"