I childcare share with my sister. She lives 3 doors away and she works Monday and Tuesday and I work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Between us we get the kids to school and nursery and we share the responsibility of our little tribe of mentalists. Her kids are now both at school and the cousins are all more like siblings. Being in charge of 4 children rather than my standard 2 can be really challenging (I have no idea how people have more than 2 children, and retain their sanity – big up all those mums of bigger broods!) but it gives me access to overhearing some fabulous conversations. Here are some of my favourites.
Conversation overheard between two six year olds.
- Child 1 “Have you been to Tiggywinkles?” (FYI this is a shelter for injured woodland animals)
- Child 2 – “Yes, we went with Rainbows”
- Child 1 “What’s it like?”
- Child 2- “Well they had a shop and a Cafe and stuff”
- Child 1 “So it’s like Morrisons then?”
- Child 2 – “Kind of but with a lot of Hedgehogs”
Conversation between a 3 year old and a 4 year old.
- Child 1 to Child 2 – “Come and sit next to me.”
- Child 2 – “I will, I’m just getting this bogey out of my nose first.”
- Child 1 – ” Can I help?
- Child 2 – “No but you can hold my car. …”
- Child 1 – “Oooh yes please.” Sits holding car looking very smug.
Conversation between a 4 year old and a 5 year old. They have been playing fancy dress for a while, have both worn about 4 different outfits and have swapped outfits a lot and have now covered the floor in fancy dress.
- Child 1 – “We have run out of Princess dresses, what’s next?”
- Child 2 – “Pirate?”
- Child 1 – “No, boys are pirates.”
- Both start looking through the fancy dress box to try to find something else. They are muttering together and then a fight starts to break out, so I go over to see what they are doing.
- Child 1 – “Auntie, she is mean, she is not sharing with me.”
- Me – “I’m sure we can work it out, which outfit do you both want, maybe we can take it in turns”
- Child 1 – “Her Frozen pants.”
Conversation heard between 4 year old and 5 year old.
Child 2 has been given a craft kit fairy garden for her birthday, you plant grass seeds in a large dish, there is a little house, a mini washing line, flowers and a ceramic fairy.
- Child 1 – Why is the toddler crying?
- Child 2- Because I told him he’s not allowed to touch my fairy garden and now he’s sad.
- Child 1 – Yeah, he’s too young for fairy gardens.
- Upon hearing this, Dirty Mummy is entirely unable to restrain herself and says
- “You should never let naughty boys touch your fairy garden.”
Not being able to stifle my laughter any more I walked away, sadly I laughed so much I inadvertently watered my own fairy garden.