My top 5 rant inducers - Meme

Firstly I want to start by apologising to both Karen at Women, Wife and Mum and Jaime at Olivers Madhouse, as they both tagged me in this Meme some time ago.  With both girls ill and not managing to get to sleep until 2am or some nights not even getting in bed, I have struggled to find the time to fit it in.  I am therefore making time to do it now, before I do anything else.  Hope you both accept my apology.

Here goes:

1. Bad Parking

I enjoy walking and will often walk with both girls in a double pushchair and our dog on his lead.  Sometimes I have to walk on pavements to get to either country parks, fields or play areas.  What really upsets me is when cars park so they take up most or all of the pavement, this therefore results in me pushing a pushchair with two children in it and walking a dog round the car on the road.  It is not too bad if its a little side street somewhere but as is often the case a busy main road.  It really upsets me.  Please when parking think about the space you have left and allow enough room for a pushchair.  I cannot replace my children but you can replace the wing mirror on your car.

2. Parent/Child parking spaces

The reason we have parent/child spaces is as follows:

 - provide extra room to get car seat out of car and back in again
 - Safety when loading children in and out of car and in and out pushchair
 - Safety to prevent weaving in and out of parked cars with a pushchair/small children

I get slightly annoyed when people park in them without children.  I do not mind pregnant ladies, because I struggled when pregnant getting in the car a few times if the person next to me had not left enough space, its hard to get a bump into a small gap.  I do mind those without children, or those sat in them just waiting or those with children who quite clearly are too old for a pushchair or a car seat.  On a separate note if there are no parent/child spaces I usually park right at the back of the car park to give myself extra room, I do not park in them because they are at the front of the store.

3. Indicators

It would just be really useful if people could let me know there intention of moving prior to the move taking place and signal this using those orange flashy lights at the side of the car.

4. Toilets

My two year old is toilet trained and will ask if she needs the toilet.  The issue is I do not know how long she can hold it for.  Sometimes its a matter of seconds sometimes minutes, so when she asks we go.  This is what gets me and has happened numerous times.  There is a queue for the ladies.  My 2 year old does not understand queues.  Whilst in the queue she repeatedly asks me for the toilet and I have to explain that its a queue and we will get there soon.  Please if you hear a small child asking for the toilet and you are in front of them in the queue, please let them go first.  Its not helpful turning round to them and saying, you are nearly at the front now wont be long, as they simply do not understand.

5. Manners

A please and a thank you, really do go a long way.  They cost nothing.

Phew, rant over.  Feel much better.  Thank you for taking the time to read and hopefully still following.

I would like to tag

Claire at ninjakillercat


Angeline at Daftmamma 

Go on ladies have a good rant.




17 Comments

  1. I agree with all of your rants! glad your feeling better after a rant :-)

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year x

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    1. Thanks rant was needed after Christmas stress, have a great Christmas and New year too.

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  2. haha the bad parking one! yes! following you back! xoxo

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  3. I'm totally with you on those! The parking by our school is shocking. Even though buggies are a long time ago for us, people could still miss my daughter as she runs to school and whack her with a car door. I've even seen cars mount the pavement as little ones run past. Shocking.

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    1. Thats shocking. It really frustrates me that people dont think of the safety aspect of it all

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  4. Ooh I often get 'road rage' over parking and people failing to indicate - great rant! Thanks for linking up to Oldies but Goodies this week :)

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    1. I had a car yesterday pull straight in front of me on motorway with no indicators. I scream orange flashing lights at them. Its so dangerous

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  5. Definitely with you on manners. I will confess to parking in P/C spaces though.... but only because we go shopping late at night (like 10pm) and they are empty anyway ;)

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    1. I dont think it matters so much at 10pm because anyone wanting to use those spaces are likely to be getting kids to sleep

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  6. I HATE that people without children park in p&c places. I have often thought about writing to supermarkets and asking them to put them at the back of their car parks. I once had to leave Eli in the trolley and reverse my car backwards so I had enough room to get him in, how dangerous is that!?! Because obviously another thing which winds me up, people who park badly and right up next to your car leaving you no room to open the door!

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    1. Exactly. People dont see the dangers of it. I have had to drop all the seats of the car and push my daughter in through the boot which was stressful because I could not get her in through the door due to bad parking. Ive had it before when heavily pregnant that I could not get back in the car because people parked too close to my car, had to wait for them to come back

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  7. Interesting that three of your rants are car related, I haven't had a car for over a year now and sometimes I remember why I'm better off without! I agree with you on the toilets and the manners too, a child with a desperate need should be allowed to go first, I'd let them anyway.

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    1. I would always let a toddler go too. I think its just polite. I was very concious of most of them car related, I spend a lot of time in the car for work which is why I think they are.

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  8. Wholeheartedly agree with all! x

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