For parents- there is no cure for this life long condition


Once that pregnancy test turns positive, or that process of adoption is successful, all parents are struck with this syndrome.

  • It’s not curable, (although treatment is available)
  • It is persistent, (with varying degrees)
  • It can be overwhelming and difficult at times
  • It can be branded as over-bearing or unnecessary
  • It comes in a variety of forms

It’s what we like to call ‘Eye’s on the back of your head’ syndrome, or EBoH.

Now, initially you may think this only occurs during those first years when our children are babies and toddlers, trying to hoke and poke into the variety of nooks and crannies that lay waiting to be explored in your home. But, this isn’t the case.

EBoH isn’t just about physically needing eyes on a 360 degree radius, although this sounds extremely helpful to me right now- did you miss my post about my Little Lord crawling and standing, finding all things electronic, a delectable revelation on the baby’s taste buds?

EBoH extends throughout our lifetime.

‘Get that out of your mouth!’

‘Oh you need a home made outfit for that book day you never told me about, tomorrow, no bother I’ll just throw on my Victoria Beckham designer skills- (oops, wrong celeb to choose right now? Hold on- I’ll edit it after I kiss my son proudly)’ Not heard about the drama, find out here!

‘Oh, you need to be taken to the cinema now, when I also need to collect your brother or sister from sports?’

‘No you must certainly cannot attend that party which I am certain will have alcohol.’

‘You have a girlfriend/boyfriend?!’

‘Leave that bedroom door OPEN!’

‘What do you mean your staying overnight?’

‘Please don’t drink too much, give me a text when you get home safely’

‘Here’s some water, get it down you, I told you not to drink too much *sigh*’

‘You cook a chicken until the juices run clear’

‘I’ve redirected your post to your new address’

‘Ahhhh! I need to buy a hat/sharp suit! Let me see the ring!’

‘I’m too young to be a granny/granda’

‘I’m his/her granny/granda, just look at that face!’

‘This is how you swaddle/help teething/install stairgate…’

EBoH- bit of a mouthful?

It’s interesting how this condition progresses through life. It impacts every stage, milestone and monumental decision. It infiltrates our thoughts through every action we make. We called it ‘eyes on the back of your head‘ syndrome but truthfully, there’s a better name for it;

This emotion spreads into the life we protect and passes down through the generations. Even when we are gone and our children and grandchildren live on, that love remains, captured in the memories and photographs, captured in the heart.

Not such a devastating syndrome to be diagnosed with after all, huh?

Here’s a bucket- I know the odd few will be hurling at the Blabbermama mush.

Do you like the new site? Let me know! Leave me a comment. Also, I’ve heard there’s award nominations occurring via Mumsnet *wink and nudge*



A Cornish Mum

39 thoughts on “For parents- there is no cure for this life long condition

  1. Haha fantastic post and so so true! I think EBoH syndrome (love the name) can be useful but sometimes you just want to switch it off and go to sleep without wondering what your toddler is sticking in their gob now šŸ˜‰ #MarvMondays

    1. blabbermama

      This is so very true, my son is at the stage that when he goes quiet I instantly know he’s up to no good haha thanks for commenting!

  2. Great post & so true! I think my two are still amazed at me when my back is turned I still know what they are doing! #MarvMondays

  3. My mum still has the old EBoH syndrome. And I’m 42!

    1. blabbermama

      Hahaha, I warned you, no cure found yet! šŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting

  4. You are so right on! We’ve graduated from “get that out of your mouth!” to “hurry up and get ready or you’ll miss the schoolbus” with both my girls. I have definitely developed EBoH syndrome. But love really is the best term for it!
    Jessica Foley recently posted…What I Really Do When The Kids Are AwayMy Profile

    1. blabbermama

      Haha aww I know it’s crazy how EBoH quickly develops throughout life, at the start with my son it was, ‘ok, have some belly time now’ which moved quickly on to, ‘no please don’t crawl over there/pull item/move at lightening speed! Thanks for commenting today.

  5. So true! I’m afraid I have an incurable case of parenthood. I enjoyed reading this post. #MarvMondays

  6. There was me thinking this was going to be a serious post! I’m having a good chuckle at this right now. #DreamTeam
    Sarah – Mum & Mor recently posted…No More Rabbits, Please!My Profile

  7. Definitely wouldn’t change it for the world but certainly gets tiring from time to time!! Full-time job with no days off and no breaks! #BloggerClubUK

  8. Oh, brilliant! I need about sixteen eyes at the moment, I feel… NC is crawling LIKE A MANIAC (and putting stones in his mouth at every opportunity). But when they’re teens I am sure it won’t stop… lovely post. #stayclassymama

  9. Its amazing that you can know someone so well that you dont even need to be looking at them to know what they’re doing or thinking! #stayclassymama

  10. If only we were all owls, that could take having eyes on the back of your head to a whole new level #stayclassymama

    1. Returning from #bloggerclubuk

  11. I think a heightened sixth sense is also a symptom. That feeling of impending doom when you know shit is going down. Love it! #stayclassymama

    1. blabbermama

      Your comment made me laugh! So true, you have that spidey sense when shit is going down and you just know they are up to no good! Haha thanks for commenting and brightening up my day!

  12. My worst fear is now realized–EBoH lasts forever! Nooooo!
    Just kidding of course; I look forward to never being able to let go of my three little hooligans. ; )

    1. blabbermama

      Haha, I know, I never realised growing up why my parents still suffered with EBoH, but now with my own son I know it’ll always be around in some form or another šŸ™‚ thanks for commenting!

  13. Hahaha!! I am so happy to have found you on #momsterlink! Your writing is fantastic, and this post is so true!! My kids are always like “how did you know we were doing that” and my answer is always “I have eyes in the back of my head” lol
    Jennifer Kelly recently posted…Abuse Comes in Many Forms – Be The ChangeMy Profile

    1. blabbermama

      Aww thank you, your so very kind! I know when my son gets a bit older he’ll be wondering how I know the mischief he is getting up to! Glad you enjoyed the post, great to link up with #momsterslink!

  14. Ah, this did make me feel all tingly inside at the end!! Love it! šŸ™‚ #momsterslink

    1. blabbermama

      haha I know such a dash of blabbermama mush šŸ˜‰ glad you liked it! x

  15. Lovely post! We re just starting out on the journey of being able to turn over then whinging because she cannot move/crawl/turn back over! hundreds of times a day she loves to roll over then lie there like a beached whale moaning! love your blog by the way! x
    Rachel Bustin recently posted…Out of Date Mates ā€“ For Your Weaning JourneyMy Profile

    1. blabbermama

      Oooo we were at that stage about a month or so ago, they find it so frustrating not being able to turn or crawl etc. but once it happens honestly Eyes on back of Head are needed, I’m forever chasing my little one, he’s so fast! Thank you! I’ve just went self hosted, such a headache but getting there šŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by! x

  16. Ha! Fantastic post – and so true! #PicknMix

    1. blabbermama

      Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment šŸ™‚

  17. Haha thats a nice name > EBoH! A power that you suddenly have! Yep no turning back on this one. This is such a lovely read and a different way of looking at parenting =) #picknmix
    Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope) recently posted…SeptemberMy Profile

    1. blabbermama

      aww thank you, EBoH seems to be spreading far and wide, thanks for your comment!

  18. Oh yes I know this syndrome very well, I have a 15 year old & a three year old! #BloggerClubUK
    Toni | Gym Bunny Mummy recently posted…MISSING THE MILESTONESMy Profile

    1. blabbermama

      Haha I know! Seems to be spreading everywhere, no parent is safe šŸ™‚ thanks for commenting!

  19. Ooooh yes, I have a two and one year old, eyes needed everywhere. We also have a 15 years old, my step daughter – you are oh so accurate, eyes still needed everywhere but for many different reasons. Great post xx #bloggerclubuk

  20. Definitely experienced EBOH syndrome with our toddler and I’m sure Ill need them even more now that the newborn has arrived! Lovely to see that it changes as they get older, less EBOH and more ABTFT – always be there for them syndrome šŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

  21. This is beautiful! You’ve really summed up parenting exactly in a humorous and emotional post xx #bloggerclubuk
    Laura recently posted…Taking The Pi5s: Survival Strategies For Potty TrainingMy Profile

  22. I completely have EBoH! I was chuckling away and I love how you have written this post. I can see how this is something that will always be with us mums. Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam
    Annette, 3 Little Buttons recently posted…Buy Cool Children’s Gifts with Wicked Uncle & VLOG Gift RevealMy Profile

  23. Hahahah this is hilarious, I definitely have EBoH. I’m nervous my disease is going to progress into FBoH (entire face on the back of my head, my whole body is just going to rearrange to suit my sons need…..oh WAIT it’s already done that). Goddamn kids. ; ) Lovely post especially the quotes, ooooh you drank too much!” thanks for making me laugh and sharing with #StayClassyMama!

  24. […] have previously talked about the disease that EVERY parent develops which is incurable [here] but now, we are talking about the curse that smites most households across the land. Several […]

  25. Fantastic! We tell the girls that all the time! EBoH is genius. We all have it, it’s about time it’s been properly named. Brilliant!

  26. I have a teenager who I’m quite certain is clueless at how his dad and I figure out his every move. Like somehow they forget that we’ve been there and done that. Thanks for linking with #momsterslink which will return tomorrow at its same time just a day late.

  27. […] wife always says this, (she even mentioned it [here]) and I couldn’t agree more (for once) but eyes on the back of your head is a complete […]

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

%d bloggers like this: