Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues's Nic Smal's hilarious perception of parenting.
Funny guy, Nicholas Smal from the well known South African comedy duo, Derick Watts and The Sunday Blues is expecting his second son any day now.
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We chatted to him about his views on spanking, tantrums, poop and vomit:
How do you handle
awkward moments with your son in public?
It depends on the awkward moment. Thankfully,
since he was small I have always said that all the sweets and toys in shops are not
ours, and they belong to the shop. So we never really have any issues
with him performing for something he wants.
Although when he plays up (because he doesn't want to leave the coin operated helicopter for
example), I usually just go to my happy place, pick him up and swiftly exit
pretending I am carrying a really loud bag of potatoes.
Also, this one
time I was standing in our bathroom where two mirrors meet at a right
angle. This resulted in two reflections and he suddenly said, "Two
daddy's!" I was real impressed with this and made a big deal about
how smart he was. This was all great, until I was standing in a queue in
Clicks with my son and Gareth (From DW) and he decided to loudly repeat,
"Two Daddy's!". That was a pretty awkward moment. We
didn't know what to do, so we just paid for our "His & His" gowns
What are your views on spanking your kids?
This is a tough one, because I don't disagree
with it, but I also don't think it should be dealt out for anything. You
teach your kids not to smack other people, but then what do they think when we
smack them for punishment? It also depends on the offence. There
will always be minor attention seeking bad behaviour and I reckon a stern
warning should come first. Then if it's repeated move the child into a time out. If
it's something that could endanger his existence, then first stern warning, and
explain why its dangerous, and if it happens again there will be a
smack-down. He is only 2 and a bit now, so we haven't had to go that route yet.
public: how would you respond to someone who criticized your wife if she were
to breastfeed in public?
I don't understand how that even
happens. What sort of a person is comfortable with actually expressing
that view to another stranger? I'd probably just remain quiet, then very subtly
follow him around until he went to the public toilet. Then I would walk
up to him whilst he is peeing in the urinal and loudly say, "Gross man,
how the hell can you do this in public? Whats wrong with you?"
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Baby vomit and
poo-poo: do you run or help clean the dirty work?
Been a while since the little baby vomit stage, but
I dont get squirmish with the baby poo. There was one time I nearly
vomited though. That was a rough nappy change
How good of a parent do you think you are?
I constantly feel like a terrible parent, because at the end
of the day, you are a human.
Have you ever caught yourself repeating
something your parents used to say to you?
Not yet, but perhaps because I can't
remember the things my parents said to me at 2. I reckon it will come
when they are teenagers, and I catch one putting firecrackers in dog crap, or
setting the wooden dog kennel on fire with a can of deodorant and a
lighter. I fear I may have just gotten a little too specific there.
Has your son picked up on any of your bad habits?
He says "Kiff" But im ok
How will you one day go about explaining sex
to your children?
Jeez I don't know. The way ads are going, by
that stage he'd probably have gotten all he needs to know from a banner ad on the Nickelodean
website. Or a yoghurt commercial.
is a real thing. What’s the strangest thing Nikki has done during or after
I think for my own safety I'm going to reply with,
"Mommy-brain? What's that?"
What’s the weirdest thing a stranger has ever
said to you about parenting or your son?
This one time when he was very small, I was
holding him and waiting for a coffee. This dude just went,
"Blaah" and pulled a face at him. So I tuned him saying, "You
can't just pull a face at a kid you don't know!?" He replied saying,
"Apparently it prevents them becoming gay” I replied saying, "Well
I'm gay, what now?"
He swiftly left.