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???
14 thoughts on “Come on! Give us some credit!”
books like that are a stupidity tax
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!
LOL-how old are your kids? Until about age ten or so making clean up a game of seeing who can do it the fastest or within 5 minutes really does work.
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.
Oh do share! What is 102 yellow cars??
Some people may need it-I personally would not have patience to read it….
LOL! Go get them!
Oh and BTW, I only have one and she's 2.5. Just get annoyed when the so called experts treat us like idiots.
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?'
To be fair, I've come across quite a few good books but far too many like this! :-)
Oh FFS whatever happened to pulling silly faces, using silly voices and getting them to bring you things (sadly not yet cups of tea but I'm hoping)
This post says that you don't play with your kid unless you are drunk whilst ridiculing a book about playing with your kid.
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.
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…