As a newbie blogger on the block, I thought it might be a tiny bit interesting , if not useful(ish) to give an insight to who I am, or so I thought, through the eyes of my 4 kids.
I was inspired to do this when I thought back to a newspaper article I read that ran an article about a quiz that was sweeping Facebook. It was a series of questions designed for children to answer about their mothers with often hilarious results.
I decided to re-hash it slightly, and give my kids, this one off chance to answer, truthfully, a set of questions, set by myself. In turn giving my thousands of readers (I have a big family!) a chance to discover a bit about moi!
With my kids usually ‘abandoning ship’ at the mere mention of my blog, with hollers of “that photo better not appear on any social media” and “I hope you aren’t writing about me” , I usually pull this card out of the bag when I need some time to sit and plan my next post within the Buck Stops Here House in peace.
With too many questions to text, I decided to take the unusual step of talking to them, at length. This unwelcomed approach was met with a lot of ‘what’s,’ ‘why are you in my room”, ‘tuts’ and “not this blog stuff again”.
Not one to give up and annoyingly for my kids, I persevered and put a positive spin on it. With a large gulp I said “think of it as a chance to answer some questions about me with real honesty and no comeback!
“What nothing at all”? asked Ciara (my eldest) “and you won’t get annoyed” “nope, not at all, say what you like I won’t mind” you can trust me, I’m your mother!
What could go wrong, after all I’ve spent the last 16 years reinforcing how much I detest lies.
With the kids newfound eagerness to particpate, I started feeling slightly less confident.
I began to realise that this might be a sort of payback for some wrong I may have done them back in 2008, or even earlier, who knows.
Please note that none of my kids were hurt whilst answering this questionnaire, I believe them to all be OK, I think, although I’m not quite sure as I’m currently not speaking to any of them.
I fired off the first question…
What’s mum’s favourite thing to do:
CJ – Moan & tell us off (I wonder why this could be??)
Niall – Ironing (since when?)
Lena – Annoy us (more commonly known as parenting)
Keelan – Sleep
How do I make you laugh?
CJ – By pretending you are intelligent (that’s no pretence!)
Niall – You don’t
Lena – You don’t make me laugh
Keelan – you don’t (yes I do!)
If I became famous what would it be for?
CJ- Appearing on the Jeremy Kyle Show
Lena – blogging (love her faith in me!)
Keelan – erm inventing something by accident
Niall – getting up early
What am I NOT very good at?
CJ – Turning up on time & not being able to be quiet
Lena – lots of things
Keelan – being cool (already am cool)
Niall – my homework (secondary school is hard, oh wait his is primary!)
What makes Mum cross?
Niall – when I don’t do my homework (every week then!)
Lena – When we don’t listen to you (every time I speak)
Ciara – Leaving the chair leg rest up & when I ignore my ironing on the stairs (grrrrrrrr)
Keelan – when I mess about at school (do you?)
(there seems to be a theme with school and my boys!
What was mum like as a young child?
Niall – really naughty (clearly been speaking to his grandparents)
Lena – probably listened all the time and was one of those really good girls (yep that was
Ciara – Little s**t
Keelan – posh girl
What does mum do when you are not here?
Niall – normal jobs like cleaning up and probably smooching with Dad! (at least he didnt say sitting down again!)
Lena –sits on the laptop doing her blog, Facebook and drinking coffee
Cj – go on the laptop (only chance I get)
KB – to be honest I don’t want to think what you do if Dads at home
Describe me in 3 words
Niall – angry, bad driver (been listening to his father too much!)
Lena – moody sometimes, funny, loud
Cj – Loud, frustrating & bloated (bloated!)
Kb – lazy, mean, strict (again, called parenting!)
Where’s mums favourite place to go?
Niall – front room on the sofa
Lena – Spain I think
CJ – the Café (love a bacon bap)
Kb – Grandmas
What does mum like best about dad or dad like best about mum?
Niall – you like it because dad can cook and you don’t have to do anything. Don’t think dad likes anything about you!
Lena – I don’t know, it could be anything
CJ – you like it because dad does what he’s told
Kb – you like dad’s passion for his work, really hard to think what Dad likes about you though!
What am I really good at?
CJ – Blackmailing me to babysit (works everytime!)
Lena – blogging (so love this girl)
Niall – cleaning up (not sure when I moved of the sofa to carry this out!)
Kb – sleeping
What’s the best quality your mum has?
Lena – Bossing people about and forcing people to do things….this was interrupted by Ciara to say its blackmail (I call it delegation)
Niall – Washing up (Ciara shakes head in disbelief to this answer saying she never washes up) I question how she knows this , as when home she rarely lifts her head up from the screen of her phone!
CJ – Ability to switch off from us (A fine quality that I have I might add!)
Kb – trying to be funny, such a try hard (no need to try son! au natural)
What does Mum always say to you?
Niall – Ask dad to make me a coffee
CJ – Stop thinking we single you out
Lena – always saying my name in the morning until I get up and it’s really annoying (more annoying for me I can assure you)
Kb – have you done your homework? (everyday at least 100 times)
And so we have it, all done. The kids, especially Ciara said they really enjoyed answering these questions (can’t think why) and could she write out a few questions on my behalf…..! needless to say this will be the only questionnaire posted on my blog.