Mum declares it’s time people stop bringing their young kids to her house.
Mother-of-one, Kelly Rose Bradford, 43, who has a 13-year-old son named William, says she’s past the point of cleaning up after young children.
She explains to FEMAIL why she’s made her decision – and why she definitely won’t be changing her mind…
“Despite being a mum myself, I really cannot stand having small children in my home.
My son is way past the toddler stage, and my house reflects that. I no longer have to worry about soft furnishings being ruined by sticky hands, or not having breakables on low shelves.
I don’t have to use a guard when I light fires, and I can have as many candles and tea-lights lit and gently scenting the house as I want. Until of course, someone rocks up with a toddler.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to see my friends and their children, just on neutral territory.
And whilst some get that my home isn’t exactly child-friendly and so always come alone, or suggest a nearby coffee shop, others seem to think that the burden of responsibility falls on me to have carried out a risk assessment when they arrive with their knee-high entourage.
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It was a particularly horrendous recent visit from a friend I do not see very often that has now sealed the fate for all toddlers wanting to enter my home: I am not a play centre, and you are no longer welcome.
Do I feel guilty for having a blanket ban on all young children, based on the actions of a few? No. Because they all have the potential for harm, and in these days of laid back, ‘free spirit’ parenting, even people I consider sensible, normal adults are reluctant to keep their kids in check, seemingly thinking that everyone else should work around them. And I am not alone in feeling this way.
‘The real problem is the parents,’ says my friend Marie. ‘ They do not see the need for discipline and you know that the little monster will spend its time in your house basically doing what it wants.’
In your own home, it should be entirely reasonable to do so.
My house, my rules. And right now, those rules clearly state no pre-schoolers. And what’s more, if the grown ups don’t buck up their lacklustre, lazy parenting methods it might also eventually extend to them, too.”
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