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    For All The Wanabe Parents

    Seeing as so many of us lately have started to Ctrl-C and then Ctrl-V ourselfs I would like to share with you the hand out from out antenatal class today. Made me laugh.

    Here are 12 simple tests for expectant parents to take to prepare themselves for the real-life experience of being a mother or father.


    1. Women: to prepare for maternity, put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag down the front. Leave it there for 9 months. After 9 months, take out 10% of the beans. Men: to prepare for paternity, go to the local chemist, tip the contents of your wallet on the counter, and tell the pharmacist to help himself. Then go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office. Go home. Pick up the paper. Read it for the last time.


    2. Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels, and how they have allowed their children to run riot. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child’s sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behaviour. Enjoy it - it’ll be the last time in your life that you will have all the answers.


    3. To discover how the nights will feel, walk around the living room from 5pm to 10pm carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 lbs. At 10pm put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, till lam. Put the alarm on for 3am. As you can’t get back to sleep get up at 2am and make a drink. Go to bed at 2.45am. Get up again at 3am when the alarm goes off. Sing songs in the dark until 4am. Put the alarm on for 5am. Get up. Make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.


    4. Can you stand the mess children make? To find out, first smear Marmite onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains. Hide a fish finger behind the stereo and leave it there all summer. Stick your fingers in the flowerbeds then rub them on the clean walls. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?


    5. Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems: first buy an octopus and a string bag. Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that none of the arms hang out. Time allowed for this - - all morning.


    6. Take an egg carton. Using a pair of scissors and a pot of paint turn it into an alligator. Now take a toilet tube. Using only sellotape and a piece of foil, turn it into a Christmas cracker. Last, take a milk container, a ping pong ball, and an empty packet of Coco Pops and make an exact replica of the Eiffel Tower. Congratulations. You have just qualified for a place on the playgroup committee.


    7. Forget the Peugeot 205 and buy a Sierra. And don’t think you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don’t look like that. Buy a choc ice and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there. Get a 20p piece. Stick it in the cassette player. Take a family-size packet of chocolate biscuits. Mash them down the back seats. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car. There. Perfect.


    8. Get ready to go out. Wait outside the loo for half an hour. Go out the front door. Come in again. Go out. Come back in. Go out again. Walk down the front path. Walk back up it. Walk down it again. Walk very slowly down the road for 5 minutes. Stop to inspect minutely every cigarette end, piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue and dead insect along the way. Retrace your steps. Scream that you’ve had as much as you can stand, until the neighbours come out and stare at you. Give up and go back into the house. You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.


    9. Always repeat everything you say at least five times.


    10. Go to your local supermarket. Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child - a fully grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat. Buy your week’s groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goats eat or destroy. Until you can easily accomplish this do not even contemplate having children.


    11. Hollow out a melon. Make a small hole in the side. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side. Now get a bowl of soggy Weetabix and attempt to spoon it into the swaying melon by pretending to be an aeroplane. Continue until half the Weetabix is gone. Tip the rest into your lap, making sure that a lot of it fails on the floor. You are now ready to feed a 12-month old baby.


    12. Learn the names of every character from Postman Pat, Fireman Sam and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When you find yourself singing “Postman Pat” at work, you finally qualify as a parent.

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    Re: For All The Wanabe Parents

    I'm always whistling theme tunes at work:

    You are now ready to feed a 12-month old baby.
    Feed a 12month old baby? They get a bowl and help themselves

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    Re: For All The Wanabe Parents

    Thanks You've just save me a fortune and the rest of my life with that advice

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    Re: For All The Wanabe Parents

    Not sure about Postman Pat - but I have been humming the "Thomas The Tank Engine" them all day?!?!?

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    Re: For All The Wanabe Parents

    lol

    oh dear and sad thing it is so true

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    Re: For All The Wanabe Parents

    You must always remember that children are for life, not just Christmas too.

    Mine are almost 29 and 25, and both still living at home

    We are contemplating selling the house one day when they are out & then we will drive off into the sunset in our motorcaravan. I keep telling them they are squandering their inheritance by living at home but it makes no difference. I have threatened to block their broadband connection, erect a faraday cage to block their mobiles, even threatened them with having to pay for own car screenwash....... still they stay.

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    Re: For All The Wanabe Parents

    Quote Originally Posted by broc
    drive off into the sunset in our motorcaravan
    One of these? 8)


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    Re: For All The Wanabe Parents

    Hey Craig, don't start ragging the VW T1, its an ace vehicle

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    Re: For All The Wanabe Parents

    I'm not, I have the utmost respect for them

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    Re: For All The Wanabe Parents

    Good stuff then, otherwise I will have to resort to getting physical with you, im a big fan of VWs, and that van is an item for history and to be remembered and loved for ever!

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    Re: For All The Wanabe Parents

    Couldn't agree more

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    Re: For All The Wanabe Parents

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Quote Originally Posted by broc
    drive off into the sunset in our motorcaravan
    One of these? 8)

    Nope... It's a gin palace on wheels, we bought it as a retirement present when I took early retirement at 50. Then I got bored & came to work at my school

    It is 7.2m long, 2.8l tdi, 3850kg of pure luxury....... sat nav, DVD, LCD tv, central heating, onboard hot & cold water system, & a huge storage bay to fill with bottles of interesting foreign beer when we come back from holiday. Talking of which has anyone tried Grolsch Kanon, at 11.6% proof? It warms your throat as it goes down.....

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    Re: For All The Wanabe Parents

    Used to have a T1 with (leaky) extending roof now I've got a T4 coachbuilt!!



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