#MumLyfe: Are you the party or police parent?

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 2:37 pm
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The Brekky team chat with Shannon about parenting types – it’s a laugh!

Shannon joins The Breakfast Show every Wednesday morning as our resident Mum Lyfe correspondent! She’s here to share the good, the bad and the ugly as she parents her 3 sons with her hubby Dave.

Apart from being a full-time mum, part-time hairdresser, Shannon is also the chaplain for the AFLW Eagles team! So over the weekend, she jetted off east for the team’s first game in Melbourne, leaving her 3 sons in the very capable hands of her husband Dave. She returned from her weekend away only to realise something.

“I’ve got parenting dysmorphia…”

After getting home and hearing Dave’s debriefing, Shannon realised that she is not who she thought she was. She’s not the fun parent – Dave is. In the two days she was away, her boys had three late nights, countless chocolate cookies and slushies and two trips to the roller skating rink all under dad’s supervision and they loved it! Whereas, she came home policing the place. Investigating why there were so many treats in the pantry…why her littlest boy had black bags under his eyes…

Her whole world has been shattered. She remembered back to the times that Dave has gone away. “I might get loose about dinner, but I didn’t get into all these ‘activities’!”

Kirste had the same, confusing, existential crisis last week. One of her girls stayed home from school because she was “tired” (from a far too busy weekend social schedule). Her hubby, who works in education, didn’t seem to mind. While Kirste was way more upset about it! She never guessed that Tim would be more chill about something like this than her.

While the girls were sharing their dilemma, Mike was laughing. Things have changed now that he’s a grandparent. He has a pretty different outlook compared to when his own kids were young. “Who cares! If they want to have ice cream for breakfast every now and then, who cares!?” Mr Crichton also had a little secret to reveal after Shannon’s roller rink story. In one of his past lives, Mike was actually a roller rink DJ – What a fun little treat for you Family!

Do you know which type of parent you are, party or police parent? Join the conversation on Facebook or text us!

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