12 Small Parenting Victories That Make You Feel Like You Won The Lottery

1. When your child’s feet fit the sale shoes.

Clarks shoes

2. Getting the eye drop straight in before they blink.

Instead of squirting a few drops over a closed eye and hoping they will blink a bit in.

Thea's eyedrops
3. Getting a parent and toddler space at the supermarket.

This is a real rarity, due to the amount of selfish idiots using them to save two minutes of walking from a normal space. Because that’s more important than a child’s safety, right? And parents love nothing more than battling to get their kids in or out of their awkward car seats, whilst desperately trying not to slam the door into the next car. Puts you in the best mood to tackle attempting to do a weekly shop with a baby and toddler. After herding them through a busy car park where people suddenly seem to forget how to drive safely.

Parent and Toddler space

4. Leaving the house with everything you need. First time. On time.

So rare, yet so infinitely beautiful.

5. Having a shower, without an audience.

Or having to turn off the shower every few minutes because you swear you can hear a child screaming. So powerful is this feeling, it even happens when I know I’m alone in the house.

6. Getting an empty plate. Without nagging.

And yes, it still counts if it’s smothered in ketchup. That’s one of their seven a day, right?

Ava and a clean plate

7. Moving your sleeping child from their car seat, into their cot, without them waking up.

Hold your breath and cross everything!

Ava sleeping in the car8. Getting your child to sleep through the night.

(It happened early on with Ava, but Thea is two and we are still waiting… with eyes propped open with matchsticks.)

9. When your younger child fits into the older one’s outgrown shoes.

Even if they are a little snug around her legs…

Thea in Ava's old boots

10. Getting the elusive latch right.

I only managed this once but it was amazing. Until she opened her mouth and fell off. Read more about my breastfeeding struggles here.

11. Both children napping. At. The. Same. Time. (Not in a car.)

I can count the number of times this has happened to us on two fingers.Ava and Thea napping

12. Getting to the bottom of the laundry bin.

Yeah, right, as  if that’s ever going to happen! I can but dream.

Most of these are rarer than a solar eclipse. What are your victories?

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41 thoughts on “12 Small Parenting Victories That Make You Feel Like You Won The Lottery

  1. rhymingwithwine says:

    Love this. I can totally relate to every point, and thanks – I’m thrilled that ketchup is one of their 7 a day. My daughter is sorted then yey! ;0) Having just left a stay and play, may I add “when another child takes a liking to your child’s seat at story time and gets in it, and your tot happily just goes and finds another one – without unleashing toddler warfare”. Happened today. First time ever. I could have sobbed with happiness! Brilliant read x

  2. Lisa Cornwell (@mummascribbles) says:

    Zach is just the worst at transferring from car seat to bed! It doesn’t hep that he weighs a bloody ton! My biggest parenting victory is managing to have my morning cup of tea before he wakes up in the morning. It’s the peace between getting out of the shower and the mad rush of getting out the door to work. Just that cup of tea and a facebook check is a win. Because when I have to drink it with him around, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve nearly been burnt! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  3. athomewiththeboys2015 says:

    HaHa! It made my day reading these.

    As for the last one, the only time we ever get an empty laundry basket is when we have to take it around somebody else’s house, because our washing machine has broken.

    And that just isn’t funny!

    Thanks for sharing #twinklytuesday

  4. Sugar&Rhubarb says:

    actually laughed out loud at your post. All of these make me mini fist pump the air like a lunatic
    Especially having a shower on my own….. oh I love those mornings!! Sorry, I meant morning.

    #TwinklyTuesday

  5. MummyTravels says:

    Oh yes to these – I think I’ve managed 4 about twice (sometimes I think I’ve managed until I’ve left and remember what I forgot), I never managed 7. And I still do 5! #brilliantblogposts

  6. theloveofacaptain says:

    Well that about sums in up! The parenting space thing really nags me too, so frustrating. I still find leaving the house a mission, why we need to pack up the whole house is beyond me 🙂 #brilliantblogposts xx

  7. Silly Mummy says:

    So true! It’s all about number 2! Number 11 is a myth, right?? & number 10 is just so downheartening. I did get latch sorted with both of mine but, particularly with first, it took weeks of spending literally hours trying to get her properly on only for her to do just that! #weekendbloghop

  8. The DADventurer says:

    Good post! There’s a few of those that we haven’t achieved yet, but your post gives me hope that there’s a light at the end of this very dark and dreary tunnel that is parenting 🙂

    • Becky Pink says:

      Oh dear, yes there certainly is! I have actually given all the plastic cutlery away now! However we do now have a pink potty cluttering up the bathroom floor even more… Swings and roundabouts! X

  9. Michelle Murray says:

    oh my goodness my pet hate is seeing people drive in to the parent toddler spaces at my local supermarket when they don’t have a child. It absolutely drives me crazy so yes I agree its a great achievement when you actually find one 🙂 great post Thanks for linking up – Parenting – #ToddlersAndTeens

    • Becky Pink says:

      I’m glad you like it! I actually swapped supermarket to Morrisons because of the car park situation – our new local one has loads of spaces, plus the amazing car-trolleys, so all in all it makes for a far less stressful experience! x

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