“Many years ago I was in town shopping for a Christmas party dress with my toddler daughter who did not like shopping (at the time). Previous stunts had included posing in shop windows with the dummies, taking wigs off dummies to wear and hiding behind racks of clothes so I thought she had gone missing! On this occasion, we were in the changing room of a large department store and I was trying on party dresses which meant I was only in my knickers. At this point my daughter took off out of the changing rooms and into the large crowded store and so I was forced to grab my coat, which was a little fake fur jacket, to cover what I could of myself, and chase her through the store. She found this hilarious and ran very fast for what seemed like ages before I caught up with her. The walk back to the changing room in my fur coat and knickers was even worse than the run through the store!”
Childrens’ party organiser Liz Mullen, 40, left, who runs Party Fizzz and has a 15-year-old daughter, Isabel
“My daughter was a toddler and grasped the toilet training stage very enthusiastically. She enjoyed the praise she had from using ‘grown up’ toilets so liked to visit the loo, wherever we went. This became a very near miss on a visit to Ikea one day.
“She was with my husband who turned briefly to check some measurements. When he turned around, there was my little girl, with her ‘pull ups’ around her ankles, sitting on a toilet in a bathroom display!
“Needless to say, he moved very quickly to remove her but could barely talk for laughing.”
Lisa Cordery, 39, from Cardiff, talking about her nine-year-old daughter’s exploits
“I was just in the middle of a conversation with a customer where she was telling me how much she loved the concept of Cafe Junior (where I am the director) and the imaginative play aspect of our toys, and how she felt that it was so important to encourage our children to use their imaginations through make-believe and pretend play rather than plonking them in front of a television. My boys, Anderson and Isaac were there playing in front of us, and as if to demonstrate her point she said to me, ‘See, look at your boys running around playing cowboys, it’s lovely.’ Knowing they were being talked about, they came over to us, and she said ‘Boys, show us your cowboy impressions.’ Dutifully they pretended to shoot each other saying ‘Bang, you dirty scone, Bang you dirty scone’. I asked them why they were calling each other a dirty scone, and Anderson corrected me with ‘No mum, it’s Bang, and the dirt is gone …’ The anti-television-watching lady didn’t look very impressed!”
Mum-of-three Zoe Blackler, director of Cafe Junior in Cathays, Cardiff, and mum to daughter Maia, nearly one, and sons Isaac, four, and Anderson, seven
“When Mya was little, she had this huge obsession with clothes. Once we were in the supermarket shopping in the toy section. There was this really pretty dress-up dress. Mya decided, while I was distracted looking at something, to strip down naked and try it on.
“I turned around and found a naked three-year-old standing there in the middle of the toy aisle.
“Her taking off her clothes took about 30 seconds — getting her dressed again was a different story. She was so convinced she wanted this dress, and since I wasn’t going to buy it for her, she decided she wasn’t going to wear anything if she couldn’t wear the dress.
“I ended up chasing her, completely naked, through Asda! She ran through the whole store before I caught her!”
Accountant Sarah Pryce, 31, from Pontypridd, who is mum to Mya, six, and Jack, four
“This one is not about my children, it is actually about me. When I was a toddler I shoved a leaf up my nose. I cannot remember doing this so I must have been quite small.
“For weeks I smelt and they couldn’t work out what it was so my mum took me to the doctors who eventually found the rotten leaf. Yuck.”
“I was standing with my son when he was two in the beauty aisle in the supermarket, near a woman with a lot of wrinkles on her face.
“Imagine my embarrassment, when he turned to me and asked very loudly ‘Mummy, why is that lady’s face broken?’ Mortifying.”
Alison Morris, 39, of Penylan, Cardiff, who is mum to Eva, eight, and Finn, five
“When my son was a little over two, we were teaching him about strangers. We taught him to scream help if a stranger tried to grab him or got too close. Needless to say he thought it would be funny in the supermarket to try it out with my husband, he started screaming at the top of his lungs, ‘Help, help you’re not my daddy’. Let’s just say my husband had to explain the entire story to the security guard.”
Jayne Evans, 36, from Aberdare, who is mum to Alfie, five
“I have a few about my nephew! When I was eight months pregnant he caught a glimpse of my stretch marked stomach and asked ‘Auntie Charlie, will the baby be stripey like your belly?’
“When I came out of the hospital with my daughter Lily he looked at my mummy tummy, turned to my mum and said ‘I thought you said she’d had the baby?’
“He’s a charmer, my nephew.”
Charlotte Medwell, from Caerphilly
“Just after daughter Erin was born (so I was breastfeeding a lot) I went to a baby group with my then two-year-old son Daniel and his newborn sister.
“Daniel was asked if he would some milk in a cup. He said yes please, and then asked the group organiser if it was going to come from her boobies or mummy’s boobies.”
Paula Vodden, from Caerphilly, who is mum to Erin and Daniel