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It’s a given that your children will go through various stages of thinking you are the most embarrassing thing in the world, and it’s a given that as children they will embarrass you on multiple occasions, but how many people warn you that you will willingly do seriously crazy and embarrassing things just to get your children to co-operate.

as an example

‘Tinkle, tinkle, little wee
In the toilet, not on mummy’s knee
Do your wees and do your poos
On the toilet now you’re two,
Tinkle, tinkle, little wee,
In the toilet, not on mummy’s knee’

Yes, that is the rhyme I now sing (to the tune of twinkle twinkle obviously) in an attempt to get Chublet to sit on the toilet / potty for more than 2 seconds at a time as we begin our journey to toilet training. It is requested as soon as her bottom hits the seat, and has to be sung multiple times per toileting, accompanied by Chublet roaring with laughter. As i sang this to her, while I was also trying to interview a new babysitter the other day, I started to reminisce about the many and varied ways this small person has got me to do crazy, embarrassing and not fit for public consumption behaviour since we began our parenting journey two years ago. The list wasn’t short and I have a horrible feeling it will continue to grow.