Bad mums: Con­fes­sions of the real-life ladies on the naughty list!

If Santa was keep­ing an eye on how adults be­have in the run-up to Christ­mas, these women would def­i­nitely be on the naughty list!

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Blog­ger Lyn­d­sey Gil­mour, 37, from London, is mum to Bai­ley, five.

‘Last year, a friend had rec­om­mended the Santa’s List app, which par­ents can pro­gramme to say whether their child is on the good or naughty list when they use it – and it’s a great way of en­ter­tain­ing the chil­dren.

She got it out when my daugh­ter, Bai­ley, and I were there, and showed us how to use it. Your child puts their fin­ger­tip on a “box” on the screen, and Santa gives his ver­dict based on what you’ve set it to do. Bai­ley got quite ex­cited and, when the app said she was on the “good list”, she loved it.

So, at home, I down­loaded it on my phone to have an­other turn, but I man­aged to set it up wrong and it flashed up say­ing she was on the naughty list by mis­take!

The colour drained from her face and she was in­con­solable. “I’ve tried so hard to be good,” she sobbed.

And be­cause I’d been big­ging it up, say­ing it was a real hot­line to Santa and that he knew ev­ery­thing, when it said she was on the naughty list, I had to go along with it.

“Maybe it’s be­cause you haven’t ti­died your room,” I sug­gested, feel­ing guilty. “Or you didn’t brush your teeth last night when I asked you to.”

When I sug­gested we could put things right and try the app again, she re­fused – she was too scared! But, from then on, she’d put away all of her toys ev­ery night, and was quick to lis­ten to ev­ery­thing I said.

And in the run-up to Christ­mas, she kept ask­ing if I thought she’d been good enough.

“You’ve been won­der­ful,” I told her, hon­estly. And even af­ter Christ­mas, her good be­hav­iour con­tin­ued. I felt ter­ri­ble, but I’ve kept the app on my phone for this year – and she’s well aware of it! I sup­pose I should delete it, but it may come in handy again...’

’App-y days, lit­tle Bai­ley strives to be a good girl for Fa­ther Christ­mas

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