When you turn the television on.
When I fell pregnant everybody told me that I’d have no time for myself. That my leg hair would grow long and wiry that my face would be make up free, and dirty laundry would be piled up around my house unable to be dealt with.
Their suggestions at my lack of life were then enhanced by these bloody stupid Facebook shares that keep doing the rounds about how by trading the hairdressers, or nice handbags that you loved being a mum, that you were being a good mum. They make me stabby.
I prepared myself for the worst, I ensured my nails were devoid of varnish (no time to paint them you see), and cut my hair into a style that didn’t require any effort (no time for a shower), and got ready.
Well. That was an anti-climax.
You see, I’m not saying time isn’t tight, in fact, it does tend to slip away at an alarming rate, however, it’s nothing that good organisation, timetables and most importantly…kids tv, can’t help with.
That’s right, Kids TV. Against the odds, three very important channels have become an invaluable asset to my day to day life. Thanks to Mr Tumble I’ve been able to apply fake tan. Thanks to Chris and Poi I’ve been able to use the toilet in peace, and thanks to Peppa Pig I’ve been able to stick a load of washing in without anybody attempting to commit suicide over the stair-gate.
Before you judge, don’t worry, I don’t stick my children in front of the television all day every day
they never bloody sit still for that long however, I don’t see what’s wrong with them sitting infront of a few programmes, after all, they all have some educational element included (WHAT! I’ve learnt A LOT about Italy from Peppa Pig, and Mummy Pig is all about body confidence).
They’ve become my babysitter, some have been known to quote “free” babysitter. However, sadly, nothing in life is free, and this is no exception, so as I sit on my sofa sharing a plate of rich tea biscuits with my children, I am paying the price for wanting my cup of tea while it’s still hot. After all, all three channels have their flaws.
Sometimes it’s the presenters. For example Jen from Milkshake, I want to like her. I really really do, (and Mr. Aimee has a huge crush on her), but she’s just so happy. YES, I do appreciate that that makes me sound old and cynical but it’s true. WHO THE HELL is that excited at stupid o’clock in the morning? SOMEBODY WHO DOESN’T HAVE CHILDREN THAT’S WHO!
We recently took the children to see Milkshake Live. It was actually very good, and Mr Aimee was hugely excited when bursting onto the stage in an orange vest top and floral tapered trousers came Jen.
Happy to be there with you RIGHT THEN, perky, perhaps having drunk too many Red Bull’s Jen. Jen who after her two performances can go home, and go to bed AND HAVE SOME PEACE AND QUIET.
Larry wasn’t as pleased to see her as he normally is…I think she was a little TOO excited.
Then there is Mr Bloom from CBeebies. Now, I’m aware that apparently he’s considered “a bit of alright” in the mummy brigade? Is that right? HOW?! I mean, apart from obviously needing a wash, you just get the impression that he’s rolled into work stinking of booze and kebabs after a night on the town with Katie.
“Katie?!” I hear you exclaim.
Yes. Katie. Who has (in my opinion) given the hint on many occasions, that she doesn’t actually like children or cooking that much, so perhaps the night out with Mr. Bloom (OH MY GOD – are they together do you think?!), leaves enough alcohol in her system to allow her to fake her way through the enthusiasm of preparing “Falafel Footballs” (note the gutted look on the kids face when they realise that yet again they aren’t making a pudding) before picking up that god awful guitar and faking her way through the tuneless yet catchy songs. Which now, as I type this paragraph are circulating my head, so even on my child free days, I’m humming about rolling up my sleeves and giving my hands a wash.
Over on Nick Jnr – home to back to back Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly, no presenter registers as anything other then pretty vacant and not really there. But that’s not the issue. Neither are the toy adverts which are often followed by a small voice from the sofa saying “I need that” It’s their bedtime hour song. Sickly sweet, with slightly scary children, and don’t even get me started on the lyrics. A TINKLE?! A TINKLE???!!!!!
At least the CBeebies version fills a parent with joy, it’s wholesome enough to sing along and sound like you’re being loving and nobody notices that the parent is actually doing an air punch and counting down the minutes until they can open the bar (sadly still just over 58 minutes after the song is complete).
But before you can get to bed, you have to watch the same Peppa Pig episode that has been playing day and night for the last week. There have been approximately 209 episodes of Peppa Pig made. WHY THE HELL DO WE HAVE TO HAVE THE SAME ONES ON TIME AND TIME AGAIN.
I know I could change the channel, but the child has stopped attempting to wipe it’s nose in my hair, it’s moved away from the book shelves where it’s been systematically emptying it book by book, and is gravitating towards the TV.
I know I should be expressing rage at the show, dissecting it and discussing about how it betrays feminism, that certain characters such as the Bin Men have “working class accent’s”, yet the Doctor doesn’t, that apparently it encourages naughty behaviour…
…But you know what, pass me the gin because actually I’m enjoying five minutes of relative peace.