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)
- 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.
- Embrace it. It’s Disney, it’s harmless, it’s not like he’s demanding to watch Breaking Bad.
- To help you embrace it, gin, wine, cake or chocolate biscuits will take the edge off.
- Try *cough hiding everything cough* and deny all knowledge. See how long that lasts (tip: not long, the guilt will get you).
- Try introducing them to other films / animals. See how long that lasts (tip: not long).
- 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?
Now if you’ll excuse me I have some marching to do…