I’m by no means a parenting blogger and I don’t go in for imposing my opinions upon other parents. As I said in a recent Facebook post that I felt compelled to share when everybody jumped on the bandwagon about the kids going back to school, my child my choice, your child your choice. I believe that with every fibre of my being, what I have decided to share in this blog post surrounds the voyage of discovery I’ve had with my little man and his tastes, likes, dislikes and getting to the heart of the fact that at the tender age of 6 years old he’s still very much a kid. I feel that lockdown has allowed him to be a kid.
I admit when I became a mummy I was clueless about kids! (On a side note, I think Clueless is a fantastic chick flick). I’ve always been a big kid myself but I had extremely limited experience with children bar a spot of interaction with kids belonging to friends and family. Of course in all those situations I could hand the kid back and I never really took an active interest in the psyche of the little mites in my life. They’re all bigger mites now, I might add.
The first night at home (after the one night in hospital that my little lad and I had spent together) was a minefield. He had behaved impeccably on the maternity ward, no doubt exceedingly tired from his journey into the world. Once thoroughly rested though he decided to give his mummy a crash course in motherhood and also helpfully demonstrated the lack of sleep I was in for.
The lucky little fellar was surrounded by toys from the get go, mostly of a Disney nature given the passion for the franchise that my hubby and I have. I also took delight in tuning into Disney Junior regularly because I felt I had an excuse to! I’ll never forget a friend of mine dropping in on us when my baby was a few weeks old and saying ‘I love that you already have Disney Junior on the television’ and of course I told her it was for the little one’s benefit…
Parenting hit: all the Disney Junior.
Parenting miss: as per the title, I was clueless!
Mickey Mouse is much loved by all in my geeky family. We have ‘met’ the famous mouse on countless occasions and notably, where a few of my boy’s peers have moved on from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on Disney Junior, he has embraced it and indeed Mickey himself, more and more. ‘Can you look on eBay to see if there’s a Mickey Mouse bag, lunchbox, play sets of all descriptions’ are regular questions and his Christmas list which is a work in progress from just after his birthday is full of Mickey Mouse themed toys. Mostly those that are no longer sold or stocked so there will be many second hand toys from Santa Claus!
Parenting hit: we have never outgrown Mickey Mouse ~ my 48 year old husband and 41 year old me adore him to this day.
Parenting miss: expecting Mickey do be a redundant figure so early on!
What amazed me with my son and Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins is that he has no recollection of it from his younger years. He had been gripped by it from age 2 onwards, even possessed plushies from the shows, that have gone on to find new homes. A recent trip to a newly opened local car boot sale saw him get his paws on a rather natty set of Doc McStuffins figures. I had wanted to sell them because I’m a seller on eBay and Shpock, but he was determined to hold onto them and also started rewatching the series all over again on Disney+ he has no recollection of it at all. Not Stuffy, nor Chilly or even Squeakers. The television show has found a new place in his heart and he watches it with renewed interest on a different level.
Parenting hit: finding the figures at the car boot sale renewed his passion for the television series and it’s not a bad one to get back into.
Parenting miss: I wholly expected my little man to remember Doc McStuffins from the young age he was at when we first used to watch it together.
Star Wars is another franchise we love as you’ll read here About The Geeky Family Life and a few of the boy’s friends are big Star Wars fans. We have collectively took great joy in tracking Star Wars costumers UK Garrison around the various Comic Cons we usually frequent. However, I misguidedly took the initiative in beginning to acquire Star Wars bedroom furniture and decor ready for a more grown up look for the little man’s hangout. Oh boy did I get it wrong! Mickey Mouse and classic Disney reigns supreme and shows no signs of changing anytime soon. What I’ve taken away from that situation is that he’s not affected by his peers and their interests. I love that!
Parenting hit: introducing Star Wars characters has piqued his interest so hopefully he’ll join us on the dark side when he’s older.
Parenting miss: I rushed him and needed a bit of prompting to listen to what he wanted. Slapped hand for mum!
Several of the little chap’s mates play Minecraft and a few of his older pals are Roblox mad. I introduced him to Roblox on his Amazon Kindle Fire, because he’s very interested in gaming on the Wii and regularly asks one of us to download games for him on his Kindle. He tends to love football, Angry Birds and any game that features a vehicle. Often his attention span won’t settle on one game for too long. I was intrigued to see how Roblox would rank.
Two weeks since it was first downloaded he’s almost completely forgotten about it. He enjoyed a fun-filled three days of dipping into a pizza delivery game that he’d discovered and appeared to love. He’s not been distracted enough to forget his many toys though and how to play creatively, so that’s been an interesting unintentional experiment.
Parenting hit: he’s often feeling a bit left out when friends talk about different games he has no knowledge of and now he’s all clued up!
Parenting miss: I misjudged him, I expected to have to put a screen time limit in place and it hasn’t been required so far…
They’re not kids for long…
It’s a true saying, I personally am ever the Peter Pan, still loving all things that my childhood introduced me to and have no shame in clinging onto them. Whether that bd in T-shirt form (I recently received an awesome tee for my birthday that featured The Raccoons cartoon) of even continuing my toy collection. Kids learn from and mimic their parents so I guess my youngster is seeing his mum’s level of maturity and copying! He’s got all the time in the world to grow up though and I’ve learned to step back and let him do it in his own time. He’s determined and stubborn enough to take the steps he wants to take and enjoy the toys and characters he chooses. Long may it continue!
I might add that since I began writing this piece, lockdown has produced a football fan – all of a sudden daddy’s boy wants to watch it and play it. He came around to it in his own time.
That’s my boy!