The Unprofessional Guide to Surviving a Fad….

In May Reuben decided he was going to become a super fan of the Jungle Book, and has since decided that elephants, and the elephant’s marching scene are his favourite thing ever. Ever, ever.

My house has become an elephant sanctuary, literally becoming my mother thanks to my son. He has three elephants he has named: Daddy one, Mummy one and Baby one… They are the three staples that come to bed with him (alongside Monkey and baby Monkey obvs…) But there are also many more….

This is the first time he has really taken a shine to something and at first it was really sweet, but now, well I thought I would share some coping mechanisms should your child start demanding you rewind one scene of a film over and over, DAILY. Or have you frequently march through car parks / round supermarkets pretending to be an elephant (this happens a lot)

  1. Put on the film and use this time to have yourself a hot cup of tea and a read of a magazine (or if like me you forget to buy yourself magazines, a Lakeland catalogue, Betterware catalogue, or the Showbiz section of the Mail app). Nb: As soon as you take one sip of your hot tea and think, “this isn’t so bad” your child will demand your full attention but not want the film turned off.
  1. Embrace it. It’s Disney, it’s harmless, it’s not like he’s demanding to watch Breaking Bad.
  1. To help you embrace it, gin, wine, cake or chocolate biscuits will take the edge off.
  1. Try *cough hiding everything cough* and deny all knowledge. See how long that lasts (tip: not long, the guilt will get you).
  1. Try introducing them to other films / animals. See how long that lasts (tip: not long).
  1. Use it to your advantage, “elephants eat bananas / broccoli / carrots / fish fingers and beans, see if you can eat it all up like an elephant.” “The elephants need to go to sleep so they can march tomorrow, you also need to sleep.” “If you go to sleep/let me change your nappy/get in the car seat/pram/trolley we can watch the Jungle Book later.” Nb. This is not bribery but teaching children they get rewarded for good behaviour. OK?
What do you get when you cross an elephant with a fish? Swimming Trunks. BOOM.

What do you get when you cross an elephant with a fish? Swimming Trunks. BOOM.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have some marching to do…

S xxx


3 thoughts on “The Unprofessional Guide to Surviving a Fad….

  1. Spot on advice! Olivia is three and has been obsessed with Nemo for 2 years now! This little orange fish teddy with a “ickle finn” has been and seen everything Olivia has. He has a dedicated car seat (shoe box), his own blanket (flannel) and sure enough a toothbrush to keep those pearly whites sparkling – nothing was going to be accepted but a shark one – fish are their friends you know!
    Sure enough Nemo has been a big influence in everything Olivia has chosen to do and I honestly believe the friendship she has invested so much time in has actually helped with the transition with us moving. The focus on him (encouraged by me and everyone else) became even more powerful and the sweet bond she has with this teddy even more important.

    Nemo is her “bessie friend ever because Harry is gone now” (Harry was Olivia’s bessie friend at playgroup and she misses him dearly) so I guess Nemo became Harry’s replacement.
    Some mums would probably say she needs another ‘human’ friend and I totally agree, but this is down to her to choose and not for me to push her on. Olivia will find her own likes and dislikes in people, animals and life in general and if Disney’s Nemo film and millions of accessories covers the bases she needs at this moment in time, then who am I to crush that.

    The Disney curse for some was our source of snuggle time, our moment together and inadvertently a way of showing me that my little girl had a wonderful understanding of compassion, empathy and also more sadly loss. That said, a million times later this Disney flick nearly sent me to the edge, funnily enough a bit like Nemo and his need to explore and prove his worth! Wine, chocolate stuffing and the sneaky toilet trip that lasts as long as possible are very much tried and tested, extreme desperation made me teach Olivia how to voice command the Xbox one to rewind, forward and most importantly pause – I’m now not very popular with her siblings or my Husband, but I can get on without too many “MUMMY I NEED YOU” being thrown from the livingroom all the way through the house!
    Overall, I can safely say that these films and especially Nemo all run their courses and Olivia has moved onto her next visual obsession My Little Pony….albeit with Nemo safely placed on her lap or snuggled next to her with her other millions of Ocean Buddies. I think her entourage is roughly up to 15 now and I have resorted to allowing only two friends to leave the house with us, the othesr remain safely scattered all over the house acting like breadcrumbs to her room. I’ll pick them up eventually!

    Well done for making Mum’s feel like they are not alone!

    • Ahh thank you Kerry! I’m a real advocate of normalising parenthood, while its the best job in the world it’s not all smooth sailing and crafting afternoons! I can’t believe Olivia can voice command Nemo that is brilliant, I need that in my life xxx

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