Myleene Klass’s birthday debacle

I stumbled upon a post this morning, Loose Women were asking for people’s opinions on Myleene Klass’s sarcastic twitter debacle from Wednesday. A little background…Myleene Klass received an email from 2 of the mom’s who’s children go to her daughters school. They requested that for those who wanted to give their daughters gifts, they give money instead so it can be put towards their daughters choice of gift which was a kindle and a desk.

Myleene, not one bit happy with this email, then responded with her very own request for her daughter Ava…a live unicorn. Was sarcasm really needed in this matter? Obviously she thought so. Did it need to be tweeted to all her followers? Probably not! Has it sent thousands of twitter views her way? Most likely yes! I’m not going to link to her Twitter but her handle is @KlassMyleene if you won’t to read it.

There were over 500 responses to the Loose Women thread on Facebook and most of them agreed with Myleene. Most of them thought parents shouldn’t be even expecting gifts. And this is the part that got to me. Let’s be perfectly honest…if your child goes to private school and you’re throwing a birthday party, you will expect a gift. I’ve heard enough mom’s dissect what their kids were given and in some cases not given. Hell, there are many mom’s who even have something to say about the return gifts they get a birthday parties! Lastly, I am a mom who has a cupboard load of unopened toys because either it’s not something S would like or he already has the same thing in another colour/style/design.

If your child goes to private school, I’m pretty sure you can afford £10. However, I also believe that what you gift another child is at your discretion and so perhaps the mom’s could have merely stated they’d prefer cash instead of toys and if someone chose to give £3 and someone else £15 then that would be their choice.

But this story gets even better. According to the Ham & High (A local newspaper in the Hampstead & Highgate area), one of the mom’s shouted across the playground: “Why did you do it, Myleene? Why?” And Myleene shouted back: “If you’ve got a problem with it, talk to me in private.”

The question needs to be asked…If Myleene had a problem with the email, why didn’t she talk to the mom’s in private?!

I can tell you, school mom’s can be feisty and I wouldn’t have liked to be little Ava at school yesterday receiving the brunt of all that angry energy.

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This is my 200th post….that got here quickly…I feel like I was just writing my 100th post not so long ago. Today also happens to be my 31st birthday!! 🙂

It’s been a trying year to say the least but also one filled with lots of love, laughter and memories to cherish. I spent 6 weeks this summer with my extended family and quite literally cried my eyes out when it was time to say goodbye. S has grown so much in the last year too, he’s gone from a babbling baby to a terrific toddler and if you follow my Project 52 pictures you can also see just how much bigger he’s gotten physically as well. He’s a ball of energy, keeping me on my toes 24/7.

This year has been a great learning curve as well. It’s forced me to re-evaluate my life and sift through the crap to figure out who I want to be and what I want for me and S. Enlightening to say the least.

So here is my list (because who doesn’t love lists)…31 things I’ve learnt/realised/remembered in this my 31st year:

1. Toddlers are the only beings who can make your blood boil and your heart melt in the space of 30 seconds.

2. The number of your REAL friends is not even a close approximation to the number of your Facebook “friends”.

3. It takes adversity to figure out who your true friends are.

4. Sindhi curry with lots of okra is like liquid gold!!

5. I’m a heck of a lot stronger than I thought I was.

6. Estee Lauder night eye cream is good stuff.

7. I do in fact like bright lipstick.

8. Poo is not as gross as it once was.

9. I’ve decided what my 3rd tattoo is going to be.

10. People will disappoint and let your kid down and there’s nothing you can do about it.

11. Having a Peppa Pig cake for my 31st birthday because it makes my son happy is worth it.

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12. The camera on my Samsung phone is awesome.

13. I really do love London.

14. They don’t make Indian movies like they used to.

15. 24 Season 9 was not as good as the first 8.

16. I think I’d actually make a pretty good lawyer.

17. You can never take too many pictures of your child/ren.

18. Blood is far thicker than water!

19. When one door closes, sometimes you gotta crank other ones open yourself.

20. “Love you mama” are my 3 favourite words.

21. “Mama, kiss it better” are the four cutest words I’ve ever heard.

22. Giving up sugar is not as hard as I imagined.

23. Having a supportive network of people is like having a backbone…it holds you up.

24. Anything that’s mine is also my toddler’s and anything that’s his is only his.

25. There are no mistakes, only experiences to learn.

26. It’s never too late to start over.

27. It’s better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all.

28. You can’t force friendships or any other relationships for that matter.

29. Never underestimate a toddler, they are much smarter than most of us give them credit for.

30. Wine won’t solve all my problems but it certainly helps.

31. The world will not stop for you so when you’re down, pick your self up, dust yourself off, slap on a bit of lipstick and get moving.

So looking forward to the next year 🙂

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