Buzz Lightyear likes to hide in the egg box; five parenting truths I’ve recently learnt

March 13, 2014

Five truths about parenting1) Make sure you keep a close eye on the favourite toys as there will be upset when they go missing (for future reference, Buzz Lycoo* likes to hide in the squeaky egg box, Kate Middleton** in the wardrobe).

2) And on that note, don’t let your child take their absolute super-fave toy – the red robot – into a communal play area and then forget about it. Luckily, we got it back, but Eliza’s tearful cries of ‘that’s MY roboooot’ as another child ran off with it will haunt me for a long while.

3) Don’t make hollow promises (especially when they involve buying a Peppa Surprise Egg*** on a shopping trip that doesn’t involve the newsagent) and two-year-olds remember more than you’d think. Lesson duly learnt, and Peppa Surprise Egg finally secured.

4) The orange, wax-wrapped mini circles of cheese from M&S are under NO circumstances the same as a Babybel, and will be given an icy cold shoulder by a child who normally eats anything. Even if there’s no other cheese in the house.

5) And it’s not so much a parenting truth rather something I just had to share, but it was pointed out to me the other day that Daddy Pig does NOT wear any trousers (have a look, it’s true!) Why doesn’t anyone ever say anything? Are they all too busy playing Happy Mrs Chicken?

* Lightyear. For a child who has never had a favourite toy, Eliza now has several, so I now understand the cold grip of fear when they go missing.

** The Happyland Princess of Cambridge figure aka ‘Princess.’ Who, fittingly enough, was missing when I took the photo. So Prince William, aka ‘The Dad’ kindly stepped in.

*** A plastic egg with some kind of pig-related mini merchandise in it.


  • laura redburn

    March 13, 2014 at 11:44 am

    haha! this made me chuckle. also i think ‘don’t make hollow promises’ is just a general important thing to stick to.

  • Kim Carberry

    March 13, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    hahaha! That made me laugh out loud!!
    All those years of watching Peppa pig and I never noticed Daddy pig has no trousers on….lol

  • Circus Queen

    March 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for a good laugh! I can identify with having learned these lessons!

  • fritha

    March 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    so true, two years remember SO much, promises I’ve made flippantly will be remembered hours later and yes we’ve had that moment of a child taking a favourite toy too, awful! x

  • Polly Davies

    March 13, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    love this!! and all so true 😀

  • abigail oliver

    March 13, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Brilliant! Think I can throughly agree that I’ve experienced pretty much all of these, especially the hollow promise…bad mistake!

  • Lottie :: Oyster & Pearl

    March 13, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Good tips 🙂 My oldest used to call Buzz Lightyear ‘Bozz M’lightyear’ and so that’s what his name has become in our house!

  • Laura

    March 13, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    This post really made me laugh – they are all totally true – and never ever let you child take there favourite toy anywhere outside in fact – it will only end in tears of it being lost or broken. Oh and I going to check Daddy pig out now – strange haha

    Laura x

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