Parenthood Passport #ThrowbackThursday

 A repost of an older post of mine… enjoy!


You know when you start that journey called parenthood, you should really be issued with a passport.

You don’t need a visa to become a parent (though seeing some mums and dads out there, you’d think there would be some requirements!), but there are so many stops, destinations, along the way… Wouldn’t it be great if you could get a special stamp for the different experiences that you manage to get through?I’ll start with a few… I’m sure you can think of others to add to the list.

  • I survived the sleepless night stage! Matchsticks are helping the eyes stay open, but I’m still standing…
  • I got pooped/peed on, while changing a nappy! Ewwwwws!
  • I’ve experienced the projectile vomiting craziness! How the heck do they do that?!
  • Crying stamp level 1 – I’ve cried when they didn’t eat that flavoursome gloop that it took me hours to make… Yet it took them 3 minutes flat to eat that readymade rubbish!
  • We finally got them out of nappies! Yes the carpet needs a good clean from the accidents…and I’ll probably need a new mattress,  but we did it!
  • I survived a long distance journey in a car with kids…. And came out ALIVE!!! (And so did they!)
  • Separate stamp for the same, but in an airplane!
  • I coped with a tantrum in public, and didn’t look like a totally incapable parent!  (A hard one to achieve!)
  • I rushed my child to A & E… For no reason whatsoever! Paranoid parent stamp!
  • Crying stamp level 2 – I sniffled through waving my kids through that school gate for the first time.
  • I survived sending them to their first sleepover…  handing the reigns of my child over to someone else!
  • I came out of hosting a children’s sleepover alive. FULLSTOP!
  • They pushed, they tried it on, and I still didn’t buckle. The testing limits stamp.
  • The pre teen pretend hormonal tantrums of 7 year old daughters… Going through this right now… Not sure how I will cope!!

As they get older, there are still many stamps to collect.

  • I managed to totally embarrass my offspring! Oh no could get this one dozens of times!!!
  • I survived them walking in on us in a compromising situation, and managed to style it out stamp!
  • We got through the that talk stage…. And even managed to field some pretty awkward questions!
  • The teenage years… FULLSTOP!
  • I teased my children through their first crushes!
  • I sat nervously, waiting for my child to come home after their first time out, unsupervised!
  • I managed to allow my child to go on a date! ( a hard one for dads and their daughters!)
  • Crying stamp level 3 – Oh My God! My baby can’t be ready to leave me and go to college/University??!! Still. I managed to let go…

It goes on, through to their relationships, and marriage to them having their own children… There are so many more stamps to collect…

Which other Parenthood Passport stamp would you include?

75 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cookandenjoyrecipes
    Jun 16, 2017 @ 01:55:52

    This reminds me of a saying we have: One do not receive a MA or PA degree, for being a parent. The MA is afrikaans for Mother and PA for father.

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  2. hotmessmemoir
    Jun 16, 2017 @ 00:02:25

    Yep, I have received all those stamps too. If not a passport with stamps, why not a badge? Then we could sew them on stupid vests.

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  3. musicalmumblog
    Jun 15, 2017 @ 21:03:22

    Ah this is lovely. My son is only 10 months old, and I feel like I’ve racked up a few Mum stamps already! Still not over the sleepless nights though…

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    • Ritu
      Jun 15, 2017 @ 21:30:58

      Don’t get me started on sleepless nights… My youngest is 9 and it;s only this year that she has decided that her bed is the right place to sleep!
      But I can only pray that your little one is settled much sooner!!!! ❤

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  4. Chuck
    Jun 15, 2017 @ 17:52:28

    Hi Ritu,
    Boy am I glad I’m older and don’t have to go through that again. I only had the one daughter. She was golden when she was small. However, she made up for it with the preteen, teen and especailly the early 20’s. She is now a new mother. I know I should do it, but I can’t stop laughing at my grandson especially when I see he is pushing my daughter’s patience. It is great being a grandfather, you can spoil them and then give them back to their mother. Revenge can be fun. LOL

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  5. nimi naren
    Jun 15, 2017 @ 17:36:48

    Lovely Ritu.

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  6. elementhealing
    Jun 15, 2017 @ 16:19:44

    For me I am through all the formative levels and both my son and I survived. so how about the stamp for “Wow, they grew into the most amazing person in spite of what I considered mistakes and my percieved flaws”

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  7. Becca Barracuda
    Jun 15, 2017 @ 16:10:56

    Oh, I love this post! I’m not a parent yet, so I don’t have anything to add to the list, just taking notes for now! 😉

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  8. vinnieh
    Jun 15, 2017 @ 10:32:28

    A very interesting idea for a post. Most inventive.

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  9. fancypaperblog
    Jun 15, 2017 @ 10:30:59

    Wow….I am only partially through this list! #ThrowbackThursday

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  10. willowdot21
    Jun 15, 2017 @ 07:52:25

    Being a parent is something that no one and nothing can prepare you for it is the hardest thing I have ever done. Great post Sis we all feel like this. 💝💜

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  11. The Indecisive Eejit
    Jun 15, 2017 @ 07:41:32

    Lol at styling it out after being caught in a compromising position. I just about spat my coffee over the man in front lol

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  12. lbeth1950
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 23:17:53

    My daughter was surprised when we didn’t but in to their child-rearing. I assured her, “we mada a total mess of ours. It’s your turn now!”

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  13. Bette A. Stevens
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 01:44:20

    Delightful! 🙂

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  14. wafflemethis
    Aug 23, 2015 @ 10:33:56

    Hahaa oh what joys you have to come Sis all I will say is. That passport, get a wheel Barrow to carry it round in. 😉 or a truck☺

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  15. amommasview
    Aug 18, 2015 @ 01:24:41

    How about playing the same game over and over and over and over again???

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  16. KittyCatSmile
    Aug 17, 2015 @ 18:40:13

    Got a few. Some are quite painful, like when they say, “oh I don’t need you to help with that!” But then its a huge relief when they come back for help…
    My baby girl is 15. Gosh time flies!

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  17. The Champa Tree
    Aug 17, 2015 @ 09:22:25

    So true! What’s amazing is that this one passport has no nationality attached to it. It is applicable to mothers and fathers across the globe! So, atleast there is one thing that unites us all (well, there maybe a couple more things too).

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  18. sunsetdragon
    Aug 17, 2015 @ 05:25:21

    I have the parent passport, grandparent and great grandparent passport.

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  19. Ann GrubbsnCritters
    Aug 17, 2015 @ 02:12:34

    Lots of stamps to collect! I’m not even halfway there…only just passed terrible 3! All still alive! :p

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  20. amaya911
    Aug 17, 2015 @ 01:44:44

    *US I should say.

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  21. amaya911
    Aug 17, 2015 @ 01:44:22

    Good idea! I’ve earned some already! Imagine, Andre wants me to start ALL over again!

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  22. sheldonk2014
    Aug 16, 2015 @ 21:36:11

    I could put some more on that list
    But quite frankly I’ve cross that bridge of troubled waters
    And some of those pains I don’t care to revisit
    Sheldon

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  23. Al The Author
    Aug 16, 2015 @ 20:53:46

    My eldest is 5… I thought we were doing well, but there are obviously a lot more milestones coming up!

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  24. edwinasepisodes
    Aug 16, 2015 @ 20:46:28

    Oh I have got a few of those stamps as well! I have also survived the dreaded ‘shopping for a first bra’ trip,!!

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  25. Erika Kind
    Aug 16, 2015 @ 20:42:03

    That is an amazing idea to get stamps. It doesn’t change anything but at least it shows us how much we already survived… lol. Oh, and regarding the teenage times… the vomiting comes back… lol But hopefully the only overdue the alcohol limit once… still about to survive…

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  26. Jim
    Aug 16, 2015 @ 20:10:49

    that on when LP comes up to you and says “Mum, I’m gonna have a baby.” Ugh!

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