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A Pink or Blue Kinder Egg?

Ever since Kinder Eggs launched “gender specific” eggs (other wise known as the pink and blue ones), there has been the occasional comment on places like Twitter, that this is another example of gender stereotyping toys. This is part of an argument that says that it should be ok for boys to wear pink, and for girls to play soldiers., or to put it basically – that kids should be allowed to play with whatever they want.

When I first saw the Blue / Pink Kinder Eggs, I did wonder what our daughter would pick. Over the weekend, I finally got a chance to experiment.:

Conclusions? Maybe Kinder are onto something with the boy / girlie kinder egg thing? Also the fairy in the girlie egg seemed far cooler then the Avengers thing in the boys Kinder Egg.

Wifes edit: both toys however have made the cut – aka are being played with in the toy cottage. The Avengers toy requires a second one to really be played with in the way shown in the instructions. I did however glue together the fairy, as our daughter is under 3, so for safety and getting annoyed with repeatedly putting the wings back on again!

This is my first video blog thing… please be nice! 

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The Terror of Kids TV

What if kids TV were horror stories?

teletubbies1So this little picture was doing the rounds around Twitter the other day.

The sight of the Teletubbies walking over Teletubby land in black and white, presents a former kids favourite as a sinister horror show, making us all question our memories of that brightly coloured TV show.

It also made me question, what do todays kids TV shows look like in black and white?

Below shows the slightly horrific answer…

 

Bing Bunny and his friends are coming for you…

Beware The Tombliboos

The Friendly Engine?

AHHHHHH!!!! The Butterfly has Tim, from Topsy and Tim

The Horror of “Sarah and Duck”

Dont worry kids… these things are only watching you…

Go To Sleep Kids… Or James McAvoy will ensure The Teddy doesn’t see the end of “BedTime Hour”

Any other Kids TV horrors out there?

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Devon Toddlers Toilet Seat Training

Parenting ideas are a strange thing, there are some parenting ideas that seem to last for ever, others seem to be fashionable for a while. One particular fashionable idea seems to be how to toilet train toddlers. After reports of one toddler getting his head stuck in a toilet seat, it seems to have happened again in Exmouth, Devon.

According to The Express and Echo:

Exmouth fire crews came to the rescue of a three-year-old boy who got a toilet training seat stuck on his head this morning.

One fire engine was called out to Richards Close in Exmouth at 11:21am and released the child by cutting through the plastic seat with snippers.

The firefighters said the little boy, who had managed to ram the loo seat down past his ears, was a bit “perturbed” when they got there but was fine as soon as it was removed.

“Perturbed”, that means, “gently upset”, right?

Seen this story before? It last happened in East Devon only about a month ago…

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The Many Ways Toddlers Dont Sleep

Sometimes, well, alot of the time, the toddler doesn’t seem to like going to sleep. Now dont get me wrong, once she is asleep, the toddler seems to enjoy being asleep. Its the stages before bed that seem to be a struggle, she knows whats coming, and its like she has a mental list of things to try in order to avoid going to bed.

I wondered what would be on a list of ways for Toddlers to avoid sleep.

1. Ask for one more Bing.
2. If the answer is not a yes, ask the other parent after giving them a big hug.
3. Play some trains.
4. Ask to read a book. They’re meant to say yes to that.
5. Ask for more food. (Fear that you’ll wake up hungry will motivate them to say yes)
6. Play “hide”
7. Talk about poo.
8. Ask for some Sarah and Duck.
9. Say Please.
10. Give everyone a really big hug.
11. Play with cool batman toys.
12. Try out that new word you’ve been working on.
13. Ask for more Bing (say Please this time)
14. Demand to be the one that turns of the TV.
15. Offer to clean up your toys.
16. Try getting food from the kitchen.
17. Insist on counting all the step, loose count, return to the bottom, try again.
18. When your half way up the stairs, demand to be carried up the stairs… from the bottom.
19. Play hide and seek amongst the upstairs rooms.
20. Want two separate tooth brushes to clean your teeth with.
21. Play hide and seek with the other parent.
22. Encourage parents to play hide and seek with each other.
23. Suggest now may be a good time to start potty training.
24. Run and hide when parent figure recommends nappy is taken off.
25. Repeat the above two steps.
26. Play the crazy Octopus game when the parents make you get into pyjamas.
27. Shout at your parents for forcing you into pyjamas.
28. Take off your pyjamas.
29. Repeat steps 26 – 28 untill you get bored.
30. Want at least two stories.
31. Ensure you pick the longer stories.
32. Demand toys for your bed, that “just happen to be down stairs”.
33. Change ends of the bed that you sleep on.
34. Want to hug each parent good night. Twice.

Is there any you could add?

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Make Asthma medications exempt from NHS prescription charges.

Ok. I realise the internet is filled with requests to sign petitions, but I’m going to make a crack at saying why I’m asking you to sign one, asking for Asthma medications exempt from NHS prescription charges.

You know how you get ill, go to the doctors and get a prescription? You know how you take that prescription to the chemist, pay some money, take drugs home, use drugs and then get better. (In theory)

When you have asthma, its not unexpected to need multiple prescriptions, for multiple drugs, that you need to keep taking. This is to avoid the feeling of your chest becoming tighter, and struggling that little bit more for breath at times.

With that in mind, do me a favour, and sign this petition.

Thanks

The petition at 38 degrees.

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Sarah and Duck. A Few Questions.

Our Little One is a massive fan of two shows on Cbeebies. One of them is “Bing”, which I blogged about here, the other is Sarah and Duck. I admit, I’m ok with Sarah and Duck. There’s a sense of innocent joy mixed with humour that is captured in the episodes, which makes them fun to watch. Even more now that we have Sarah and Duck dvds, as this means we don’t have to switch between episodes on our DVR every 5 – 7 minutes.

As we watched the adventures of Sarah and Duck, Mrs Sofa, and I started asking ourselves a few questions about the world that Sarah and Duck live in…

If Sarah is 7 years old, why doesn’t she go to school?

I guess she’s kinda smart, even for the lack of school attendance, but I guess in a world where a cake can talk back to you, school must be quite interesting.

For all the scenes set at home, why don’t we see her parents?

Seriously. WHERE are they? Is she left home alone all day, with nothing but a duck for company?

IMG_0889.PNGIf Moon can be seen walking around the shop, where does the Sun go?

I kinda wonder why we don’t see Sun wandering around when its night. I guess its ok that we don’t have a massive ball of fire walking around the place… but what impact does moons actions have on the worlds tidal levels? What we don’t see, is that every time that Moon walks around the Big Shop, are there massive floods elsewhere?

How do children and birds understand each other so well?

I tried talking to a duck once.
It was a boring conversation. But people walking around me thought I was quackers.

Sarah and Duck - Eating BreadIsn’t bread meant to be bad for ducks?

Duck seems to be tired on a regular basis, maybe he’s just a bit poorly?

What is the narrator?

I have a few theories about this guy. Is he an invisible man? I did wonder if he’s God, and all the  characters can hear God really really well, but thats kinda deeply religious for a cbeebies show. Therefore I questioned if he was Sarah’s conscience, but the thing is, all the characters can hear him. This makes me wonder; Is all of this in Sarahs imagination?

The thing is, If Sarah and Duck is all simply set in Sarahs imagination, then that suggests that real life is a bit of a dark place for Sarah. And thats something that I’d prefer wasn’t true.

Sorry, that got a bit dark there towards the end.

Have you got any questions about the world of Sarah and Duck?

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