Then she wipes it with her hand and spreads it even further and you know you’re completely out of Vanish.
Staring in disbelief as your child moans about brushing their teeth and then because she’s trying to moan WHILE brushing her teeth she manages to dribble toothpaste all down the front of her navy blue school uniform.
Discovering the school jumper she’s just spilt toothpaste down is the last clean one in her wardrobe.
When your 13 year old loses an item of uniform/PE kit Every Single Week.
Trying to get your child out of bed, dressed for school and out of the door when they’re on the top bunk and there’s no bloody way she’s getting up until it’s right down to the wire and she’s got 5 minutes to do everything.
When you finally, FINALLY get out the house, drive off to work, drive past the back of the house and both kids have left their bedroom lights on.
Listening to a 10 year old retell a ‘funny’ event from school.
When your 13 year old leaves a trail of drinking glasses all over the house and every one of them leaves a ring on the table it’s left on.
Not flapping when you find blobs of yoghurt on the living room coffee table. And the sofa. And the TV remote. And the rug. How, just how?
Fighting every fibre of your being that wants to rage when your 10 year old drops the white board rubber on the floor in her bedroom and the months of ink on it transfers itself to her cream carpet.
When you ask your rugby playing son to ensure his dirty kit is by the washing machine so you can wash ready for tomorrow’s match. Then finding he’s left a vital part of said kit in the bottom of his bag and it’s soaking wet and muddy and you’ve ALREADY PUT THE WASHING MACHINE ON.
When you slave over a meal and one or both of your kids whine about how they didn’t fancy that for dinner tonight.
Discovering Tippex on grey school trousers and not losing your cool.