Come on! Give us some credit!

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I’m not very good at ‘playing with my daughter’.  I’m the kind of parent that shows her how something works and then expect her to get on with it, which is bad I know, I’m just not a natural.  On the other hand after a couple of glasses of wine I’m an absolute hoot and will roll around on the floor doing my best Armadillo impression.

So, when I was at my neighbours the other day and spotted a book of ideas of how to keep a toddler busy, I couldn’t help but nose through it.  But, to be honest, it wound me up more than anything.  Here is exhibit ‘A’:

The Colour Game

Give your child various directions by colour (for example, “put the red bear on the table”, “pick up the blue car”, and “bring me the yellow book”)

FFS, how stupid do they think we are and if you think this is rocket science then I seriously question whether you should procreate???


Author: mediocremum

A slightly older mum of one, who drinks far too much red wine and has an unhealthy obsession with her slow cooker. During the day she's an ICT Trainer, Social Media/Online Marketing consultant and does a bit of public speaking. Full Profile on Google+

14 thoughts on “Come on! Give us some credit!”

  1. I agree with Ella, but find 102 yellow cars when on a journey is my way at getting the boys back for all the sleepless nights!

  2. Totally agree but don't think we need a book to tell us??? When I used to teach I had a song recorded….would just hit play and they had 2 minutes to clean up…didn't have to say a word.

  3. I'm not much of a player either, i'm just not very good at it and find it all a bit dull. I've seen a couple of books like this and some of the things they suggest do make you a bit worried about the people who would say 'oooh, that's a good idea, why didn't I think of that?'

  4. This post says that you don't play with your kid unless you are drunk whilst ridiculing a book about playing with your kid.

    1. I can appreciate your comment, but do be careful unless you know the whole situation….I can assure you I do play with my daughter and don't need to be drunk to do so. The point was that books like this treat us parents like idiots……sorry if you find these type of books helpful.

  5. Hooray – it's not just me! I used to dread hearing, 'Mummy, let's play Power Rangers!' I think you need a child's brain to do that well. I would happily build a magnificent and elaborate train track – but then play trains? I don't know how to do that. I know some adults are great at playing – my mother-in-law is fantastic. But I've chosen to stick to what I do best – fun stuff that we all enjoy. It's just not Power Rangers…

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