#21. You have to try and explain to everyone why they need to get to the church an hour earlier than the stated time so you all get a seat. Or try and explain to them why they can’t come to the church as there simply won’t be room for them. And you get really annoyed when other parents ‘hold seats’ for family members!
#22. When you have to resort to bribery to get your football mad child into a suit or dress.
#23. …..And promise they can have another outfit that can be worn as soon as they come home from the church.
#24. You have smugly booked the bouncy castle a year in advance and the kids WILL use the darn thing, no matter what the weather on the day.
#25. You wonder how your Mum got through 4+ of these days!
#26. You find the whole thing more stressful than your wedding day.
#27. Your Mum is no longer talking to you as you have not invited half the extended family. Whose special day is this anyway?
#28. You get the date for Confirmation and realise that you have two children in two different churches at the same time on the same day! Why can’t schools talk to each other? (this is a true story)
#29. Your child’s bank balance is healthier than yours.
#30. You wake up the morning after the First Communion and realise it was worth all the stress and your child had a lovely day. And you have a new found respect for their class teacher, who managed to get every child involved and singing in tune (well most of the time anyway!)
Over to you! Have we missed any? Please let us know in the comments box below.