She might be the smallest person in the family – but that doesn’t stop your toddler ruling the roost. Welcome to the signs that your tot may actually in charge...
1. She’s your alarm clock
Forget the radio. Your wake-up call is a Wuthering Heights-esque ‘Mummmmmyyyyy!’ floating from your toddler’s bedroom – or the door creaking as she comes into yours.
2. You haven’t watched This Morning for months
TV first thing is all about CBeebies. You never thought you’d actually miss Eamonn and Ruth’s cheeky (slight awks) husband and wife banter.
3. Hello, (toddler) social life
Your week is planned around exercise classes and catch-ups with friends. No, not yours, silly! It’s Tumble Tots and select members of the nursery’s Acorn class.
4. She has a uniform
You’ve stocked her wardrobe with gorgeous offerings from Gap and Petit Bateau, but that Tinkerbell costume is her outfit of choice. All day. Every day.
5. Listen to the radio…
Well, maybe when you’ve dropped her off at that birthday party. If she’s in the car, it’s a Mr Tumble CD over and over – and over.
6. Limited film choice
Ah, Saturday movie afternoon. But while Midnight in Paris may’ve been sitting unwatched on your Sky Plus planner for months, your toddler can play the ‘littlest’ card every time. Time for Frozen again.
7. The only yoghurt you eat is…
Petit Filou. Not even a Muller Corner or one of those fancy mini chocolate trifles. If she’s on the fromage frais, it only makes sense to follow suit and have one yourself.
8. You go organic
With toiletries. They also tend to be baby or toddler specific – using your child’s products saves space around the bath and, to be fair, your hair has never smelt better.
9. Plasters have cartoons
Cut your finger chopping those carrot sticks for her? No longer are plasters beige and aesthetically displeasing. Peppa, Pooh or Tree Fu Tom make the pain go away much better.
Ok, so it’s tempting to make eating chocolate eggs your main activity over Easter, but try some fresh ideas to keep keep your toddler or pre-schooler busy over the next couple of weeks and you’ll soon put a smile on their face (without the sugar high)
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