Dad dot info form. Ask questions, get answers | DAD BLOGS: Mrunal | Little teachers

Little teachers

We were getting ready for bath time. My disabled six year old Arun was coughing and hacking away like he had a 40 a day habit.

“Oh dear,” I said. “You’ve got a nasty cough, Arun. We won’t wash your hair tonight.”

“That’s right,” he parroted. “Me’s got a nasty cough. No hair wash for me tonight.”

“No Arun,” piped up my daughter. “You don’t say ‘me’s’ you say ‘I’.”

“That’s quite right Meri, well done.” I said and I turned to Arun. “You say ‘I’ve got a nasty cough.”

I suppose it was inevitable. My mum is a teacher, my uncle and my aunt are teachers. Clare’s (my wife’s) mum is a teacher. Her brother is a teacher. I come from a family of teachers. My wife comes from a family of teachers. That makes my children teachers squared. Meri was stepping up to teach her brother the correct grammar. It took years of education before her old man learnt how to speak proper, and here she was doling out advice at the age of four.

It’s an old cliché that our children teach us more than we teach them and I think it’s true but I never expected my children to be teaching me how to read. Earlier in the day Meri had corrected me on my pronunciation of the letter “m” phonically. Apparently, you don’t say “muh” as I had been but “mmmmmm” as Meri demonstrated. “Like a big boy,” she told me.

Back to bath time and Arun though was having none of it.

He looked me squarely in the eye and said, “No daddy. You’re alright. You haven’t got a cough. Me’s got a cough and so me’s not washing hair tonight.”

“No Arun, you say ‘I’ve got a cough.’”

“No daddy. You’re not poorly. Me’s poorly.” Came the determined answer.

“I think I’m going to be here for a little while, “I muttered.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the blogger and do not necessarily represent the views of

Related entries

Too old for this

Too old for this

It was late on a Thursday evening and Rodger and I were walking up Upper Street in Islington, looking for a Thai restaurant. We were a little worse for wear   “You OK?” he asked looking at my awkward gait. “Yeah,” I said with that little inflection that indicated...

Too old for this

The big day

I could hear the rustling from the room next-door and glanced at my watch: 6:30 am. I groaned to myself but there was a certain inevitability about it   The kids bounded into our room moments later. “Is Uncle Steve here? Is he here?” They asked excitedly. “Yes,...

Too old for this

The big questions

I was walking home from school with my five year old daughter. As we approached our front door she looked up at me   “Daddy?” she asked in that tone of voice that all dads will recognise as a precursor to something that they’ve been pondering. “Yes?” I answered...

Latest entries

How to have a ‘good divorce’

How to have a ‘good divorce’

This week marks Good Divorce Week and Dad Info is gathering tips and information from those in the know about how to have an amicable, less painful divorce experience. In England & Wales, 42% of marriages end in divorce; that means there’s only a 1 in 2 chance...

How divorcing couples can save thousands this Christmas

How divorcing couples can save thousands this Christmas

Every day at we talk with parents who are struggling through costly court hearings. We strongly believe that mediation is a route that can take the conflict out of separation. Hands up who would like £500 towards mediation sessions? Too Late for Court...

5 simple ways to boost your health today

5 simple ways to boost your health today

Living through the last couple of years has been rough on not only our bodies but also our brains. It was also recently reported that life expectancy in some parts of England has fallen- even before Covid. However, there is good news. Up to 80% of chronic disease is...

Pin It on Pinterest