July Chat with a Mum: Josanne of My Toddler Rules

If there’s one blogger out there whom I would consider as underrated, that would be Josanne of My Toddler Rules. Her anecdotes of her little one are absolutely hilarious.  Her little Lily’s antics has made me splatter coffee all over my laptop, good thing, it wasn’t much of a spray, or else that would be really bad.  If you’re looking for a laugh, this one is for you.

Not only that, for women of a “certain” age who are still hoping to get pregnant, whether for the first time or the last, her story will give you hope.

Tell us something about yourself and your little one (age & sex)

I’m a 50-year-old stay at home mum.
I previously worked in a medium secure hospital for brain injured males, as an activity co-ordinator.
My claim to fame moments are being interviewed for That’s Life magazine, and recently I was featured in The Express. On both counts this was for being a ‘geriatric’ mum again. If I had known I was going to be famous for having children late in life, I would not have insisted hubby got the snip!
I have Lily, who I blog about, who is 3 years old and incredibly funny, and I have two other children aged 30 and 28, plus two grandchildren and one on the way!

What was your little one(s) birth story(ies) like?

It was the easiest of the three to be honest.
My waters broke at home in the small hours. I went back to bed to wait for labour to begin, but it didn’t. I called the hospital around 6pm later that day, and was swiftly told off for not coming in sooner. I ended up being induced, and after a short 4 hour labour bouncing up and down on the ball, and minimal gas and air, I gave birth to Lily weighing 8lb. I would have done it at home if I had known it was going to be so easy.

What you wish you knew about being a mother, before becoming one?

Crikey, I have to go back a long way here to answer this question! I was 19 when I had my first child, so was very naive about motherhood. I would have to say, I wished I knew that it was ok to make mistakes and not feel like you had to be a perfect mother all of the time.

How do you manage your “me” time?

I should be more proactive with this one. I’m terrible at making time for myself. Hubby is pretty good at initiating my me time. He will take Lily off swimming or to the local play centre, while I down tools and do what ever it is that I want to do.

Do you have a favourite anecdote of your little one?

Ah, this has to be Lily’s comedic talent. She’s brilliantly witty. I could share lots of funny things she says and does, but I guess one that springs to mind is the fish finger story. Briefly, Lily had fish fingers with her Sunday lunch, and I was telling her how clever fish made you. She offered her daddy a taste of one, which he declined as he’s not a fish lover. She just looked at him and said, “Go on daddy, you might need some”!

What is it about motherhood that you absolutely love?

Easy. I love the exuberance that children display over the smallest of things. How they just light up when they have achieved something so simple to us, but the world to them.

If there is anything about motherhood you dislike, what would it be?

Listening to the constant whinging over the nothing! It’s my pet hate. I am constantly asking Lily not to complain. Her response is usually the same every time, “That’s what 3 year olds do mummy”!

What’s a typical day like for you and your little one?

We normally start the day eating breakfast in front of Cbeebies! Lily loves arts and crafts, so at some point we will make something or draw. She has an abundance of books and we have story time regularly, and if it’s nice we’ll be outside, either at the park, bug hunting or sat in the garden. After lunch we would play a box game or two and usually I would have some housework to do, so she would help me with that. After dinner she either plays out or watches a little tv before her settling down time in readiness for bed. Lily always gets two stories at bedtime, and if I put her to bed she always gets a back and tummy rub before we chat about her favourite part of the day. She always tells us her favourite part of the day is spending time with us.

Best advice you’ve received about motherhood:

I was told to lead by example. This is a tough job especially when you’re fed up to the back teeth with the kids. If you end up shouting, then of course your child will learn to shout back. If you hit them (which I don’t do by the way) they will learn that too. It’s hard, but we’re all human, and I’ve yelled at Lily plenty of times, then told her not to yell at me! Note to self: lead by example!

If you could give yourself advice, about motherhood before coming one, what would it be?

Give yourself a break! It’s not easy raising children. We’ll all make mistakes and do rash things. My dad has always said that the hardest job of all was raising children. Damn, he’s right (again!).

Also, give those little terrors many cuddles and tell them you love them at every opportunity, even when they are really testing your patience.

How do you manage your time between work, blogging and your little one?

Well I don’t work outside of the home, so that one is taken out of the mix. My time with Lily is just that. I blog in the evenings when my time is my own and the two don’t mix. I couldn’t concentrate with her nattering in my ear anyway.

Do head over to her blog to read more about her funny stories of her little one.

And give her FB page a thumbs up too!

You can also find her at Twitter.

Hope everyone is having a lovely week 🙂

Linking-up with #PoCoLo


  1. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    I will check her out but I need to cover my laptop keypad first =P A nice interview! #pocolo

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