Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Conversation with youngest son

Following on from yesterday’s blog about dreams and helping your children to succeed here’s a conversation I had tonight with youngest son…

“Well we’ve had a productive day today. We’ve got your homework finished.”

(Note the use of the word “we” it was certainly a joint effort in places! Competitive parent? Moi?)

“And as well as printing your homework I’ve got my work printed too.”

“What have you printed?”

“It’s for a writing award.”

“What’s that?”

“If I win I get help publishing my book.”

“You won’t win!” This was said with complete certainty!


“You can’t be an author, you’re too old!” 

(Must Google how old Anthony Horowitz is.)

At this point I left, I don't have to take this from a 12 year old!
I’d like to pretend this conversation took place while I tucked him in bed, on time, before a goodnight kiss and cuddle.

Instead I shouted (nicely) from the spare room for him to get ready for bed and he shouted something back about the unfairness of life. 

Eventually I gave in and admitted I would be happy as long as he was in bed before me! I was busy printing out my application for a Northern Writers Award. Now I was finally “in the mood” I couldn’t just STOP!

Good parent? Bad parent? Harassed parent? (Did you know Sarah is almost harass backwards? And these questions are all rhetorical!)

I’d like to pretend he wasn’t rude about me as he sat half in his pyjamas and half out – I’ll leave it up to your imagination to figure out which half.

One day he will read this in a book and will be truly sorry!


  1. Good luck with the application. It's sometimes hard for children to see us as people in our own right!

  2. Ooh good luck with the award! You have to be in it to win it, as they say! Millard Kaufman was NINETY when his first novel was published. Just sayin'...

  3. Haha - that's cute. Good luck with the award, sounds great :)