Doing Things A Bit Wrong

In trying to be good and exciting parents to a small tigger child can be a pretty challenging thing to do. Especially when it comes to a 3 year old. They keep you on your toes and you have to keep thinking of, at least, a handful of things that will interest and occupy them. Jigsaws, arts and crafts, train sets, walks to the park, feeding the ducks. All a lot of fun that will occupy a small child for all of an hour. You need the stamina of Rocky doing circuit training to “You’re the best”, on loop. Approximately 45 times.

These last few weeks I realised how a little pre-schooler can run rings around an adult and, when you inevitably take your eye of the ball for a tiny bit, how quickly they can outsmart you.

Take for instance, Little Z’s mission to never eat anything ever. Ever. We’ve always tried to encourage good eating habits. Try to offer different tastes, try to all eat the same thing, keep offering things he won’t try. He still doesn’t eat that much without a lot of coaxing, threatening to take away Ben and Holly forever, firm refusal of pudding, no toys etc etc. He’s getting better but there is many a time when he is eating a very cold lunch because its taken us that long. The past couple of weeks we’ve driven home and about halfway he’s declared “I’m hungry mummy”. Oh no. With another twenty minutes to go its not the best situation to be in. Luckily, the first time I handed him a packet of crisps to munch on which saved the day. It then happened a couple of days later and we happened to be within a mile of a McDonalds drive through. A quick stop, and a packet of chips later, we were on our way again. Little Z happy and one mum relieved he wouldn’t have to wait another half hour before he got something to eat.

Then, the very next day it happened again. Same phrase. Same spot. But this time….

“Mummy, I’m hungry. Shall we go Old McDonald?”


I now carry biscuits in the car for such emergencies.

Crafty little cheekiness aside, Little Z is becoming extremely helpful around the house. His never ending obsession with the washing machine and dryer still reigns strong and he will demand he is the first to take clothes out of one and put it into the other machine. If there was a contest for small children doing household tasks the fastest then he would take the medal home for doing laundry most efficiently. (To avoid social services knocking on our door, we never let him touch the detergent or clothes softener). He also loves help setting and clearing the table, being particularly fond taking things from the table and into the kitchen. Everything handed to him has to be unbreakable so he usually gets things like forks, ketchup bottle, his plastic cup, anything not made of glass. Until last week when the Other Half spotted what he was doing. Little Z was busted trying to take a swig from an empty coke can in the privacy of the kitchen, then announcing “It’s very tasty!” Hmmmm!

Sometimes though, you can do slightly wrong all by yourself. It doesn’t need a 3 year to outsmart you.

Our normal visit to the duck pond this week happened without incident. We took along half a loaf of stale bread, threw it to the swans and the ducks who always try and fail to get past the swans. I always happen to observe that the swans are always a bit aggressive and vicious looking whilst the ducks meekly try to nip around the swans trying to get to a bit of the bread being thrown their way. Throwing bread strategically just towards the ducks always seems futile. The swans are too fast and too strong, sort of the like the Godfathers of the local park. The ducks are allowed any scraps the swans can’t be bothered to have.


I relayed this to the Other half one evening, to which he replied

“You know you’re not allowed to feed the ducks at that pond? There’s a ban in place after the swans started becoming a bit aggressive (wanting more bread from passers by)”. Apparently it was very clearly sign posted around the entire park.

Oh. Right. Oops.

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  1. Sarah MumofThree World February 3, 2014 / 8:02 am

    Oh dear! Who would ever imagine you wouldn’t be allowed to feed ducks at the park?! There’s signs up at hours saying don’t give them bread (it should be seeds). Everyone ignores those signs!
    Love how quickly Z got the hang of ‘Old McDonalds’. Very cunning!
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  2. Mummy to boyz February 3, 2014 / 9:32 am

    That sounds like something I would do in my flustered preschooler state!
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  3. The Reading Residence February 3, 2014 / 9:56 am

    Oh no! You do expect to be able to feed ducks! I ALWAYS carry a load of snacks whenever we go out, as despite having 2 very good eaters, they are perpetually hungry it seems (must be the energy they’re constantly burning running rings around me!)..
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  4. Alexandra Mercer February 3, 2014 / 9:23 am

    No matter how hard you try it’s just impossible to please everyone! #MagicMoments
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  5. WallyMummy February 3, 2014 / 10:26 am

    Oops! lol x Oh well – perhaps the ducks need to learn to stand up for themselves a bit more eh! teehee x My pre-schooler is the same, and she’s only juts turned two, so I can only imagine she’ll have us all wrapped around her little finger by the time she hits three! x
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  6. sarahhillwheeler February 3, 2014 / 11:36 am

    Feeding the ducks has to be one of those golden childhood moments…pity that the Council seems to have been abit too proactive, am sure the ducks and swans will survive….maybe they need to introduce some coots (for attitude).
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  7. Honest Mum February 3, 2014 / 12:15 pm

    I agree with Mother Wife Me, they do grow out of it although at 4, Oliver is still particular about what he likes to eat-I think adding things very slowly and HUGE praise and reward helps and as he loves melon, we try buy 3 varieties etc. Fab post and not feeding the ducks, poor duckies!
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  8. Charly Dove February 3, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    What is it with the eating thing – POD used to eat everything then suddenly she asking for cake and chocolate! What do you mean you can’t feed the ducks?! I’ve never heard that before *too busy with toddler to notice* Lovely post, thank you for sharing with #whatsthestory

  9. Helen The good life mum February 3, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    oh my goodness not to be able to feed the ducks thats awful we are always being chased by hungry ducks when we feed them, i wonder though how much of a duck diet is bread !! what a shame #magic moments
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  10. Jaime Oliver February 3, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    What a really crafty bugger!! lol i love it!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    p.s i did that at our duck pond too! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  11. Chrissie February 3, 2014 / 8:41 pm

    Also bread isn’t remotley nutritious and it just fills up their stomaches and then fill up the lake with massive amounts of toxic poop! Yeah, I didn’t know either until last year when I read a giant multicoloured sign at my local park, that sell duck nibbles. Z was well crafty there with the Maccy D’s haha!

  12. Philippa February 3, 2014 / 9:39 pm

    Brilliant post, we’ve all been there! #magicmoments
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  13. Jenny February 3, 2014 / 10:09 pm

    haha I love that you didn’t see the sign, no one ever does and if we do, me included we always ignore it. I never knew you shouldn’t feed them bread it should be seeds. But bread is so much more fun. Lovely post. Happy family memories. #blogsrus

  14. TheBoyandMe February 3, 2014 / 11:40 pm

    I always feel a little bit sorry for those poor ducks, the swans are arsey buggers! Little Z sounds like he’s firmly found his feet and is learning how he can *try* to manipulate mummy and daddy, keeps you on your toes!

    Nipping over from blogsRus share thread.
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  15. brinabird and son February 4, 2014 / 12:26 am

    Lol. Technically bread is actually not good for the ducks either. We have a sign by ours which says not to feed them which is blatantly ignored by every parent. As for being cheeky and outsmarting you…sounds all about right with my wee man. He is particularly good at bed time avoidance!
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  16. brummymummyof2 February 4, 2014 / 8:26 am

    Ha ha ha! Erin got bitten by those massive goose looking things last year. Through a fence! She is still traumatised. They are horrible things! #magicmoments xxx
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  17. Actually Mummy... February 4, 2014 / 10:29 am

    It’s a life lesson! Nobody’s perfect ๐Ÿ˜‰
    They are damn crafty. GG used to actively refuse to eat, knowing that she would get a biscuit at playgroup later. Until I said no biscuits if she didn’t eat her lunch – that was one hellish playgroup, but it did the trick.

  18. Katie February 4, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    God you can’t do anything anymore can you!!! Next they will be telling us you aren’t allowed to wee in the swimming pool anymore – oh wait….
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  19. Morgan Prince February 7, 2014 / 12:15 pm

    Not allowed to feed the ducks?! Good grief what next?

    You do have a little sneaky one don’t you – LP used to do that too, he has grown out of it now though. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  20. older mum in a muddle February 9, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    He’s such a clever boy… they cotton on fast – old Macdonald (ha!), and the can of coke… cheeky boy! X
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  21. Jenny April 16, 2014 / 8:54 am

    Ahhh little z the helper that’s great. Him and Buba would be best pals with the laundry helping. They could have a race. He loves it here too. lol Now if only I could get him to not be scared of the broom. haha Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Week 11. and for the continual support. #sharewithme
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  22. PottyMouthedMummy April 16, 2014 / 9:09 am

    Ha ha ha oops! I’ve been told off a few times for feeding ducks when i’m not meant to. Made me laugh #sharewithme
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  23. Muma Leary April 16, 2014 / 10:22 am

    HA HA!! That is very clever. I am like Pavlovs dogs when I see the golden arches!! I was told off for feeding the ducks at our park with bread…apparently they need special seed- hmmm
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  24. Jo & Bump! (@carsonsmummy) April 16, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    I used to love feeding the ducks in our home town i.e. mallards and swans, but then the geese arrived and started pretty much attacking passers-by, so I get the reasoning behind the signs to be fair. ‘Orrible ole geese!!
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  25. Sara (@mumturnedmom) April 16, 2014 / 11:11 pm

    The wee girl is constantly helping herself to food, and is very partial to (stolen) diet coke ๐Ÿ™‚ You do expect to be able to feed the ducks, don’t you! #ShareWithMe
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  26. KidGLloves April 17, 2014 / 6:57 am

    Ash says – Nothing wrong with a trip to Old McDonald (Lucas loved this) and I love your boys way of thinking. I’m not allowed to go with Mum and Lucas if they go and feed the ducks as apparently I might scare them but I only want to be their friend………… #sharewithme
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  27. Super Busy Mum {Debs} April 18, 2014 / 8:47 pm

    Great post and oddly our local duck pond has put up a sign saying not to feed the ducks. Whats the point of going to see them if you can’t feed them ๐Ÿ™ #sharewithme
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