My Parenting High Five Moments


This is a picture of what a parenting high five moment looks like. There are times as a parent that I literally give myself mental high fives so visceral that I can almost feel them. Those times when it feels like there are a million and one things going on, but some how I manage to keep everything moving and not drop any balls. Other times it’s during those really testing parenting moments that I somehow manage to get through. You know the ones I mean. Here are the ones that stand out for me. Recognise any of these?

1. When I’m not the last parent to pick their child up from nursery. As a parent that is often one of the last to pick up their child each evening, I cant help but fist pump the air a little when I see at least two little backpacks still hanging outside the classroom door.

2. When I’m able to get us all out of the house on time with us all presentable  and with all the particulars that we need for that day. So much harder than it sounds!

3. When not only do I remember that it’s a charity/bake/dress up/certain type of activity day at nursery, but the little lady is also suitably prepared and has the right donation, outfit or materials required.

4. When I remember that it’s a staff training day and I’m actually there to pick up the little lady at the appointed earlier time, rather than turning up at the usual time to find her partaking in the staff training session. ahem (it’s happened once).

5. When I manage to successfully distract the little lady from something I’d rather she didnt have (chocolate, crisps, the usual unsavory but highly child loving culprits) or from the tantrum or meltdown she is about to have.

6. When im sick, but still manage to work, look after the little lady and keep things moving in the house, compared to the husband who was bedridden for two days when he had “man flu” last month. I know. Practically superwoman right.

7. Where we’re out and about and need something completely unexpectedly like a plaster or the little ladys cutlery and I happen to have it, making me feel like a totally organised and prepared mum. It doesnt happen that often, but its great when it does.

8. The final one is a bit of an odd one, but I’ve noticed lately that I have some kind of parenting intuition thing going on, and when I listen to it and grab or do the thing that its telling me to do I have often needed and used it later.  Kind of strange, but pretty amazing when it happens!

Do you do the same thing – high five or give yourself a pat on the back from time to time? What are your parenting high five moments?

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  1. Jade
    September 22, 2015 / 10:17 am

    I love that smug feeling when we’re out and about and my husband says, “oh it’s a shame that we didn’t bring a spoon/ shoes/ suncream…” And I get to say (innocently) “Oh, but I have it in my bag.”
    Boom! Satisfaction.
    Great post. *high five*
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    • My Petit Canard
      September 22, 2015 / 4:22 pm

      That’s awesome, high five to you! Best feeling ever πŸ™‚

  2. Lara @ MommyKazam
    September 22, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    When I can get my little guy to eat something healthy without a complete meltdown or resorting to bribery. Also, love those “I have it in my bag” moments that Jade mentioned. #TwinklyTuesday
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    • My Petit Canard
      September 22, 2015 / 4:23 pm

      Those moments are fab aren’t they, instant satisfaction!

    • My Petit Canard
      September 22, 2015 / 8:54 pm

      Sounds like one very clever mummy! πŸ™‚

  3. September 23, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    This is such a great post!! And yes β€” I think my favourite high five moment was when the twins were fairly little. I’d managed to meet a friend, with a baby the same age, in town and we gave the boys tea out, in a cafΓ©. I felt SO smug. Day out with friend (tick) *whilst* feeding both the boys (double tick). SUCH a great feeling! Thanks so much for linking up with us #TwinklyTuesday
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  4. Brynn
    September 25, 2015 / 11:06 pm

    Remembering the special day/birthday/event at school is also a big one for me! or when they ask for donations/recyclables for art class and I actually remember to send them! or when I get my daughter ha hair appointment before the bangs are in her eyes!! I’m pretty proud whenever I manage one of these things. #TheList
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    • My Petit Canard
      September 25, 2015 / 11:59 pm

      Little things, but such a big deal and achievement when you remember them. High five to you too! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  5. September 26, 2015 / 6:22 am

    Nice list. When there’s the chaos of a small person to deal with, staying organised and ahead of the game is no small victory. We’re currently waiting for family to visit so we can indulge in cocktails out!
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  6. Nige
    September 26, 2015 / 9:36 am

    Really good list I think I need to high five myself once a year just for getting though the year as a parent thanks for linking to the #binkylinky

  7. September 27, 2015 / 6:11 pm

    Great post, I have to be honest i’m one of the first parents to pick their kids up, but they only started two weeks ago so that may change! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky
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    • My Petit Canard
      September 27, 2015 / 6:18 pm

      Thanks, it’s an ongoing challenge but hopefully you continue to be one of the first! πŸ™‚

  8. You Baby Me Mummy
    September 28, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    I love these moments, moments when we feel like winners! πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx
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  9. Karen
    September 28, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    Brilliant! always a good idea to congratulate yourself – no matter how seemingly small the victories are some times!
    Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars
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  10. October 1, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Excellent motivational tool – the high five! You’ve got to grab them when you can get them imo. At the moment, getting the Tubblet to the bus stop in time for the school bus and her not forgetting anything is my high five. The transition from primary to secondary has been “challenging”. Wishing everyone lots of parenting high fives today πŸ™‚ #sharewithme

    • My Petit Canard
      October 2, 2015 / 2:02 pm

      I can just imagine! Well done you πŸ™‚ it’s so tricky remembering everything and I’m sure it only gets harder as they get older. High five to you, happy Friday!

  11. Jenny
    October 5, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    Good for your girl, you are doing an amazing job from the sounds of it and it’s good to reward ourselves for the little things as much as the big tasks achieved when you are a parent. lol love this post. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
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    • My Petit Canard
      October 5, 2015 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you! We have to be able to pay ourselves on the back from time to time because I think we so rarely do as parents πŸ™‚

  12. Rhyming with wine
    February 8, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Totally agree – all of these are high five worthy. Especially that moment when you whip out a pair of carefully packed nail scissors to tend to a broken toddler nail (making you look like a super mum /girl guide super hybrid).

    Fantastic. thanks for hosting.
    dawn x
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      That is totally a supermum moment! I think I’m a little bit in awe, high five to you lovely! πŸ™‚

  13. February 8, 2016 / 9:39 am

    I never have everything we need! but when I handle tantrums well – with calm loving attention rather than stress or doubt – then I always give myself a little mental high five. #Marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      I think thats amazing, not losing your cool is definitely worthy of a high five πŸ™‚

  14. February 8, 2016 / 10:11 am

    the first one really strikes a cord with me, I’m always that parent trying to fit in one to many things and last to collect my kids from everything! #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:56 pm

      Oh I think its a mummy thing! We’re too busy trying to do it all and be everything to everyone, sometimes we are our own worst nightmares but sometimes you just cant help it!

  15. February 8, 2016 / 12:42 pm



      • My Petit Canard
        February 9, 2016 / 9:58 pm

        It happens, and quite a lot! Lol

    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:57 pm

      Completely! Getting the little one out the house on time and to the bus stop is definitely an achievement – high five to you lovely! πŸ™‚

  16. February 8, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Being on time for nursery pick up has to be my high five moment! #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      February 8, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Oh gosh, totally up there in my high five moments! πŸ™‚

  17. February 8, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    Mummy high-fives! That’s a great list of moments. wouldn’t it be lovely if someone would cheer – well done you! as they happen. I love that you don’t want to be last collecting your little one. me too, we very rarely are last at collections, but it’s always on my mind. I give myself high-fives for being the first πŸ™‚ #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:54 pm

      Thanks, wouldnt it just! I love that youre always mostly on time to pick up your little one. Im really hoping that is me when im on maternity leave. I hate that she is sometimes that last one. Being the first definitely deserves a high five! *high five* πŸ˜‰

  18. Mess and Merlot
    February 8, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    I definitely need to start high-fiving myself more! Getting my kids to eat something they have been adamant they don’t like, without even noticing! high five (into myself of course – NEVER draw attention to it!) πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:45 pm

      Definitely! Children are so finicky and fickle sometimes when it comes to food. Getting them to try something they think they dont like and finding out that actually they do.. total high five! *high five* πŸ™‚

  19. February 8, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    That is all great and yes you well deserve that drink to celebrate that you are an amazing parent!! I’m with you with the picking up at nursery. I’m always the last one to pick up Bella from school but the days that I’m there on time I feel amazing! LOL Or when she has her “come and see books” and I managed to be there on time” There are lots of this type of moments!! Great post!! I enjoyed reading it!! Thanks for hosting lovely, πŸ™‚ xx #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks Franca! Its so true, there are so many of these moments when we think that we’ve let our children down, or they are upset with us or we are upset with ourselves because we’ve forgotten something or missed something or done something wrong. So where and when we do get it right, we should totally celebrate these moments! So high five to you for those days that you’ve picked Bella up on time and have been there for her come and see books *high five* πŸ˜‰

  20. February 8, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    Making it to bedtime, Friday evening, with the toys put away, a glass of vino and the candles lit has to be the best high five moment. Made it through another week and it’s the weekend! xx #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      February 8, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      Ah its fab isnt it, best feeling ever! It definitely is all about the little things – high five to you! x

  21. The Brightness of these days
    February 8, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    When I manage to clean the bomb-site, aka the kitchen, after dinnertime but before bath time so I get the boys bathed and in bed and then descend the stairs to a calm, clean scene – this rarely happens! Thanks for hosting #Marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:37 pm

      Oh totally! Nothing like that clean house feeling after you’ve managed to put all the toys away and clear up the mess πŸ™‚

  22. Mum in Brum
    February 8, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    Great list. My little one isn’t at nursery yet but I do worry I’m going to be that mum who forgets the dress up/ bake off day and she will hold it against me forever! I’m also waiting for those moments where we need something and I actually have it! That hasn’t happened yet but I’m hoping I’ll get better with practice! lol x #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Oh I always live in fear that I’ve forgetten something when it comes to nursery. I sometimes forget those special days, events and occassions that they have, but most of the time I remember and get it right and when I do its a total high five moment! πŸ™‚

  23. February 9, 2016 / 7:45 am

    Oh I am so with you on the high fives! I spend most of my mum days a complete mess so on the odd occasion when I do manage to get it together that is absolutely cause for celebration! *high fives you* #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:43 pm

      Absolutely! Same here, so we totally need to celebrate those moments where we rock for a moment *high five* πŸ˜‰

  24. CHarlene
    February 9, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    i’m always late to drop him off. I love it when I make it there and there are other parents there! sUCH A nOVELTY #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Oh I can totally relate to this! Im late probably about half the time too. That feeling of being on time, early or your little one not being that last one is the best! I was the third to last parent to pick up today – that toally deserves a high five! Go us πŸ˜‰

  25. Tammymum
    February 9, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Giving you a massive high five! So on board with these, especially 1 5 and 6. May your high moments keep coming thick and fast! Great post. #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Thanks, same to you! We totally need to pat ourselves on the back during these moments πŸ˜‰

  26. Something Crunchy Mummy
    February 9, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Definetely high five moments! All us parents need a high five every now and then. #marvmondays xx
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Oh most definitely! Hope you’ve had a few high five moments recently too πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      February 12, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      Sounds like you’ve had a week that you probably need to high five yourself for too πŸ˜‰

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