Buzz Lightyear likes to hide in the egg box; five parenting truths I’ve recently learnt
1) 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.