I was recently invited to the Everything’s Pukka event in London, where host and fellow mum blogger Anna Whitehouse aka Mother Pukka, revealed Pukka Pie’s new research about the most embarrassing and awkward moments children cause parents in the UK (132 every year to be exact).
It was a pie-filled, cocktail infused evening, where we were reminded that no matter how humiliating your day can be, no matter how red-faced your kids can make you, if you have a pie on your plate, everything’s Pukka. Life is too short to get caught up with the petty stuff so you might as well laugh it off.
I also got to taste Pukka’s new Posher range – available in two delicious flavours, Chicken, Leek and Pancetta and Steak & Porter Ale. In addition, they’ve recently launched their first ever vegetarian-friendly pie, the Veggie Tikka Masala with Chickpeas and Spinach. (Delish!)
The research revealed the most awkward moments to include pointing out how a stranger looks, saying un-pc things in public and or breaking something in a shop! As parents we need to be prepared at all times to be ready to laugh at these moments and celebrate that our children have their own little personalities.
Anna also shared some great tips for dealing with these awkward moments.
1. If you overhear your little one revealing private family information, simply exclaim to the recipient, ‘We were joking!’ and quickly laugh it off. The more attention you give it, the more you’ll dig a hole for yourself
2. When your child asks the inevitable awkward question that they’re too young to know, a simple white lie is your best friend. You’re only protecting them in the long run – don’t feel guilty!
3. Bear in mind that an awkward public experience is never far away – always keep an eye out for nearby toilets and exit points, you may need to make a quick getaway!
4. Always, always have spare clothes to hand – for you and your children. You never know when you might need them
5. Sometimes you just need to let it all out! Having a handy collection of words set aside that sound like swear words, like ‘duck’, will never go amiss!
The Pukka Pies research found that nine out ten parents don’t worry about these moments and carry on laughing and enjoying the ups and downs. Also 50% admitted to embarrassing their children in public by retelling their finest embarrassing moments when they are older.
Lindsay Filmer from Pukka Pies commented “As a busy mum I’ve experienced a fair few embarrassing moments – and so have my kids! I always find that sitting down with my family at mealtime after a crazy day is a great time to laugh about the days’ events.”
Pukka Pies is a family run business starting in 1963 in Leicestershire employing 350 locals who make a darn good pie! After tasting the new range (Steak and Porter Ale was my favourite) I will be serving them up to the family with seasonal veg and gravy, a perfect dinner on a winters night.
The new range is available at supermarkets nationwide, so give them a try next time you are doing the food shop, inevitably dealing with your own awkward parenting moments!
For more info visit www.pukkapies.co.uk
This is a sponsored post with Pukka Pies.