“Mummy is having a poo!” : 17 TRICKS PARENTS USE TO GET KIDS OFF THEIR BACK!



As parents, we know when you have that ‘enough of this’ moment or ‘just give me a brake’ kind of moment and you so wanted to be alone just for a minute or two, to have time to gather your thoughts together again instead of hearing those winy little voices in ringing through your ears. Sometime, we have our tricks up our sleeves to get our kids off our back.


This post was created whilst the kids was playing in the garden after dinner on this miraculous sunny afternoon. The kids were playing so well together in the garden for some miraculous reasons, I just thought perhaps I can nip upstair and have a moment to myself or two. I’m sure this won’t last long but still a moment is a moment – right.

I took my chances.

It took only a minute later, a sweet little voice was calling from downstairs: “Mummy! Why aren’t you coming down to play with me in the garden?!” Evelyn yelp!

“Mummy is having a poo!” I falsely replied, trying very hard to extend my little minute of moment.

“Okay!” Evelyn decided that was a good enough reason to leave me alone and went back happily playing outside with her brother.


Yes! Then it occurred to me – I just tricked her. I hope I’m not being selfish or anything, but I kind of felt rather proud to tell you the honest truth. I triumph my win! I was able to extend my minute to self to not just one or two, but a whole five minutes! Yep – just five. But five was enough for me. Perhaps, I’ll try ten next time, who knows perhaps I’ll get a whole fifteen minutes out of it! Or am I pushing my luck here?



So reached out to my fellow bloggers and asked them what tricks do they have up their sleeves I can learn from them? Here are their answers:-




Pete: Ask mummy. householdmoneysaving.com

Ben: The ultimate freedom tool! iPad   wood-create.com

Danielle: Good old fashioned bribery  tinytripping.com

Emma: Omg- who’s at the door?! Quick!! Readyfreddiego.com

Leanne: Ohhh is your dad in the kitchen? Quick! Go see what he’s making! asliceofmylifewales.com

Lianne: Set them up with a Lego mission to build while mummy goes to toilet see who can make said item the quickest anklebitersadventures.co.uk

Beth: You won’t like my food, it’s got vegetables in it. twinderelmo.co.uk

Sarah: Wow look out the window!! mummycatnotes.com

Nicky: I’m just doing some cleaning upstairs I’ll be down as soon as I’m finished! spinninplates.com




Louise: Tell them there is chocolate hidden in the garden. Then relax and enjoy the peace until they realise they’ve been duped. (Disclaimer: this will only work once! 😉) pinkpearbear.com

Victoria: Where is <insert name of hidden toy here>? thegrowingmum.com

Ayse: I usually suggest a video call with her aunt or grandma. She can talk to them for ages while I chill out! It’s also hilarious to listen to the conversations they havearepops.com

Erica: Is that the ice cream van I hear? Why don’t you look out of the window and wait for it?” It rarely comes round our road 😉 theincidentalparent.com

Nikki: Would you mind helping me with these jobs? They won’t take long.” Suddenly there are no children to be seen anywhere….. yorkshirewonders.co.uk

Charlie: Me ~ I’m a bit tired with lady pains. Son ~ uuuugh. Have a sleep Mum. I’m ok for half an hour 😂 🙌🏻 ouralteredlife.com

Jennifer: I’ve plenty of jobs that need doing if you’re bored?! mightymamabear.com

Shel: You won’t like this, it’s poisonous – whilst I chomp down on a choccy Biscuit 🙈 the-willowtree.com



If you are a parent, do you have a trick up your sleeves you’d like to share with us? I’d love to hear them from you.


I hope these tips are useful piece of information, or rather a cheat sheet you may call it. 😉 Here’re some props, which I think could come in handy.



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Thank you for reading.

Su x





Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. 06/05/2018 / 4:12 pm

    LOL, oh my goodness I have done a few of these… and the ones I haven’t I’ll keep in mind for the future! 😉 #FabFridayPost

  2. 09/05/2018 / 6:13 am

    Love this!!!

    Love the idea of a cheat sheet to allow mums to take a 5, 10 or dare we hope 15 minutes peace!!!

  3. 09/05/2018 / 9:50 pm

    The things we do for a few minutes peace. I’ve not tried this one #fabfridaypost

  4. 11/05/2018 / 5:27 am

    Oouuu I do love a few minutes peace!! I can definitely think of jobs for my children to do if they are bored!! #FabFridayPost

  5. 11/05/2018 / 4:03 pm

    Love it! And some handy hints from the other bloggers too #fabfridaypost

  6. 11/05/2018 / 4:45 pm

    Love this! I’m sure “Want to do (insert chores here)?” Would make my family disappear around me!

  7. 12/05/2018 / 4:30 pm

    Oh this one gave me some good laughs! Never once did the ‘poo’ trick work. Not with the kinder, not even with Gatsby. They all just open the door. So now, I leave it open. When I am in other places, like work, I must remember to close and lock the door! Oy! #fabfridayPost Happy Mother’s Day Su! xoxo

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