A COUPLE with young children are comforting themselves that one day their kids will not even want to be in the same room as them.
Stephen and Louise Malley, who have two beautiful boys under five, spend hours engaged in imaginative play with them but are getting through it by promising each other it will one day be over.
Stephen said: “These days won’t last forever. And when I’m crammed into a playhouse castle pretending to eat worms, that thought’s in the forefront of my mind.
“The magic of childhood is all very well, but I’m forty-three and I want to sit on a chair.”
Louise agreed: “I’ve resigned myself to seven more years of this and then, fingers crossed, it’ll be Xboxes and smartphones until they leave home.
“I can’t wait for the moment one of them slams a door in my face or stops speaking to me for a month because I suggest he does his homework.
“Sometimes in the evenings we watch Toy Story 3 and weep at the bit where Andy’s grown up and doesn’t need Woody and Buzz any more. One day, please God, that’ll be us.”