So Daddy Poppins is mid school run; the sink is full of dishes, the breakfast is in full flow, the dog is going ballistic at the the patio door window at some birds in the back garden and Daddy Poppins is regretting his late night gaming and craft beer session with every second that passes. Then a shriek from upstairs cuts through the breakfast melee….
The Bear: I’ll kill you!!
Daddy Poppins: (pauses think ‘what did I do?’) What?
The Bear: I just sat in pee!!
Daddy Poppins: (*kind of remembers stumbling round in the dark last night trying to find the toilet and ‘letting fly’ in hope, waiting to hear the porcelain or water sound rather than feel the splash of warm liquid in his shins) Your own pee or someone else’s? (He bravely ventures)
As expected it took about an hour to get there from Waterford. I must admit my first impression was “This is the best Carlow has to offer?” Now, granted I had only pulled up in the carpark and was very HANGRY!! it was 2pm and I hadn’t eaten yet. Essentially it appeared to be a tourist gimmick in a garden centre in a run down industrial estate!!As expected it took about an hour to get there from Waterford. I must admit my first impression was “This is the best Carlow has to offer?” Now, granted I had only pulled up in the carpark and was very HANGRY!! it was 2pm and I hadn’t eaten yet. Essentially it appeared to be a tourist gimmick in a garden centre in a run down industrial estate!!
So when they’ve bored you to tears with the likes of; Peppa Pig, Tellytubbies, Postman Pat and Paw Patrol you should try wean them onto this list of Daddy Poppins favorite kids shows (for adults). These cartoons will keep both parents and kids interested (with plenty of adult humour that will fly over their heads and give you a good chuckle). I’ve picked these shows from whats currently available on TV before you guys start screaming about your childhood favourite. So without further adieu, let’s list these bad boys.
So, I’ve written about TV before and the struggle to watch it as a parent but let’s just pretend that all the planets in the cosmos line up and your nocturnal kids are settled in bed and it’s just you and your partner and the immortal words are spoken
Ima Notawitch (known locally as ‘the witch’) was killed during the dawn blaze at her property in the centre of the Enchanted forest. This ‘colourful character’ ‘mysteriously appeared’ in the area in recent times and proceeded to painstakingly construct a home from gingerbread and other candy based materials in the hope of finding favour with the locals, mainly working class fairytale folk.
Just look at her up above, the picture of innocence. Bella and I spent the day together doing the usual; running a few errands, shopping, cleaning, playing with blocks, reading books and of course: watching the Gruffallo for the millionth time.
I’ve recently quit work to become a stay at home dad (as regular readers of my blog will know). To be able to afford this we’ve had to tighten our belts, quite a bit. Now I’ve always been a bargain hunter (or ‘a real Scrooge’ as my wife would probably describe it) but I have used this to my advantage since becoming a stay at home dad. I see it as a skill, saving money.
She’ll come home from the shops with something and ask my opinion and I’ll say, “That’s nice, was it expensive?” and she actually won’t know. Now, I’m not talking about the whole ‘pretending not to know, conveniently lost the receipt and tags, its more expensive than a small car’ kind of ‘I don’t know’ but that …..she just doesn’t know. As for me, I’ll know how much something is in 2 or 3 different shops. I get a buzz off saving money. Hmmmm maybe she’s onto something and I am slightly ‘Scroogey’ after all.
I recently wrote a post about how I had turned into my mother and received a great response from it. Apparently we’ve all turned into our parents at some stage in the past (if you haven’t don’t worry, or actually do worry, there’s still time).
Most of us seem to have come to the same conclusion over a phrase that we heard in the past being uttered by ourselves, so I put it out there to the parent blogger community and this is what they had to say….