It’s easy sometimes, to despair, when you hand a Babybel to your child and they kick off because you took the skin off first and then refuse to eat it.
The tantrums and the strops stem from the most minor or ridiculous things and the reward chart you created with the aim of aiding co-operation just blows up in your face. One measly Milky Way for all that – just one?! How very dare you.
But you see you can’t have ALL the toys you ever want, It’s not ok to exist on a diet of Cheerios, we can’t just buy and live on a boat and the whole ‘DON’T WANT MY FEET ATTACHED TO MY LEGS’ gate? Well I’m sorry but that’s just basic human anatomy.
Google pray tell me – why is my child such a dick?
A screen full of search results arrogantly chant that ‘you should try and understand things from their perspective’.
They know not the value of money, they know not the nutritional value of food stuff, they possibly even, know not the value of having feet at the end of their legs.
Hey Jo Frost that last one, really? REALLY? Surely being 3 is no excuse to have the ridiculous notion of wanting appendages removed for no medical reason?
But i see the point, i get the point. The next time i go to the fridge and retrieve a waxy red circle i will resist the urge (OF A THOUSAND GALLOPING HORSES) to pull its tab. I will hand it over to its recipient whole.
Because sometimes when you are struggling to make sense of all the gross injustices you just have to ask yourself: –
‘How would you feel if someone else peeled YOUR Babybel?’ #thebestbit
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Ha ha!!!! So true!!!!!!
hee hee :) x
Love it! And babybel’s-maybe they were named after tantrumming babies x
:) must have been! x
We dice with death with babybel in our house. Peel them for her and she freaks, or risk her accidentally breaking it in half, and the ensuing total melt down!
Ha – oh my gosh! They so need to come with some proper instructions on how to properly administer them don’t they!
Love the pic – very ‘No entry’! I really get where your boy is coming from. That’s the best bit of the Babybel imho x
it certainly is – no idea what i was thinking!
Haha so true!! Peeling the babybel when I was younger was the best bit and then attempting to mould the waxy bit!!
I hate the wax now though – gets everywhere! x
Can’t stand Babybel. Like eating rubber. They can peel it themselves if they insist on having it!
You are weird – its lovely :)
I remember the first time I had a babybel, my mum packed it in my lunch box…..I ate the whole thing :( went home and said I didn’t want that again it didn’t taste nice. I must have only been about 6, never lived it down haha!!
Now I have figured out the joy of removing the wax I would certainly be pissed if someone did it for me, truly is the best bit :)
Amazing post as always xx
Oh no thats half sad and half hilarious!! Your poor thing :(
It’s okay I’m only a little bit scared from it, hahah…..no seriously I’m fine!! I can now laugh at my weirdo childhood self :)
Why is my child such a dick?? Amazing. An actual motto-thingy to live by :) You should have known better than to peel the cheese, obvioulsy. See also, doing the straps up on the car seat, peeling a banana, fastening nappy thingies… Eldest used to say “Ellydoit” Alice now says “YILE do it!” and the youngest is yet to find the power of speech. Pretty soon I won’t have to do anything for them….Great post x
hee hee thanks Kerrie. annoying though it’s one of the only things F actually lies doing himself, hates getting dressed, going to the loo, doing his teeth etc. I think girls are usually a bit more independent like that though x
Oh Katie you do make me laugh. I wish I could write as humorously as you. It is the best bit though, I can see why strops might ensue. Fortunately we don’t have that here as Mads survives on a diet entirely made up of Thomas the Tank Engine spaghetti and chocolate. ;)
Your posts often make me laugh! I wish f would eat tinned spaghetti – he won’t even eat beans!
This is funny – kids are so stubborn aren’t they! We had the baby so arguments too – I just stopped buying them in the end!
That sounds like the only sensible solution!!
Haha that’s brilliant. I’m so pleased my boys don’t throw tantrums at me opening their Babybels – they’re actually fairly laid back in this respect. Instead they create tantrums based around wanting to do opposite things when there is only one option (like what we watch on TV or which route we take home from preschool). They’re sneaky because it means I can never win, whichever option I choose I get an epic meltdown from one of them! E on the other hand is going to be a proper drama queen, and will certainly never allow me to open her Babybel! If I do something she doesn’t like she hurls herself on the floor in a tears and screams her lungs out. I’ll think back to this post when we’re going through the terrible twos next year. Thanks for making me smile this morning. x
Ahh you are welcome Karen! I’m sorry that the twins have you well and truly buggered there ;)
Haha! Love that! I’m also not allowed to put his shoes on which is sooo infuriating as he totally cannot do it himself. I try to do it sneakily while he watches TV or something. Only works depending on his mood. Threenageers, eh?!
Lol this is so funny! We have the exact same Babybel problems!! Although just when I learnt she always wanted me to let her open it, she decided to change her mind and flipped out because I hadn’t opened it! We also have a problem where she tries to eat the whole thing at once before gagging on it and spitting it out, it’s gross!! Bloody babybels! x
Oh we have the shove it in the mouth whole and regurgitate it thing too – so lovely, especially of they do it in your hand :))
So so funny, and possibly more funny because I’ve been there… one hundred times over. Only in this house it’s removing the lid from the fromage frais, or putting his drink in the wrong cup, or not letting him choose his own shoes, or… well just about anything really.
But actually if I tried to see it from his perspective, an already opened babybel is pretty devastating. ;) x
Lol exactly Lucy – I’m just grasping at straws here but you know sometimes somethings can make sense if you try and revert back to a 3 y/o ;) x
My little boy has suddenly decided he doesn’t want me to completely peel his bananas any more. He wants to hold it in the skin like a grown up. I wish he’s bothered to let me know this though as I have been very confused lately by all the completely peeled bananas that have been thrown back at me. Kids, eh! Weird little creatures ;-)
So true… and peeling bananas, that tends to resort in a blow up these days too.
Ah yes, I know the feeling. We get tantrums over the tiniest of issues. Glad it’s not just us!
I called the girl Elsa from Frozen yesterday. I thought this was a compliment. She flipped and wept for an hour. Kids are mental. Fact x
But her name is only Elsa on a Wednesday – how could you forget?!
Wow you are posh, we just have normal sliceable cheese in our house which causes no arguments at all. The randomness of their tantrums though is totally unfathomable. A’s latest request foe me is ‘stop breathing!…
Well its the least you could do!! We actually only get Babybel to try and get him to eat healthy snacks he hates ‘normal’ cheese.
Hahaha maybe his legs just felt claustrophobic and needed some space!
My latest challenge is the 20 month old wunderkind who demands that HE drives the car. Actually. Drives. The. Car.
He’s furious when we get in the car and its his turn to sit in the back AGAIN!
We get that ALL the time – he keeps asking how long it will be till he’s big enough! The other thing is he doesn’t like the colour of our cars and wants us to sell it and buy a red one.
Just wait a few years and they want to cook their own dinner and butter their own bread. Man my six year old wants to iron her own clothes – I’d let her but think it might be a health and safety issue ha. xx
that sounds fab but he won’t do anything useful – It takes about an hour of nagging/bribing to get him to pull his pants up!
We had krakatoa the other day watching In The Night Garden because she wanted it to be the Ninky Nonk at the beginning and instead, along came the Pinky Ponk. Full on lying face-down on the floor beating it with her fists. It had been a long day and I’m sure at some point I offered her a peeled Babybel…..
lol to be fair though even i am disappointed by the pinky ponk – so slow and boring in comparison!
Ha ha, you’re so right! I sometimes grab a babybel out of the fridge purely for the peel-factor! Love this :)
lol me too!
That sounds about right. I would not want my Babybel peeled by anybody else. That is, after all, #thebestbit! #funee
Lol!! Oh my god.. My two would go mad if I peeled their baby bel too! Or put the lid on their beaker, spooned chocolate powder into their milk.. And now they have to click open their own seat belts. They freaked out over every tiny thing. They’re calming down a bit now that they’re 4. 3 is tough!
I don’t know what i was thinking! I think maybe someone need to write some rules?! Glad to hear yours are calming down at 4.3 though olivia – only another year to go :-/
ha! peeling those things is sooooo satisfying, it’s easy mistake to make.
Ha ha! I never know which way to go with Babybels either! And sometimes they’ll eat a whole packet on the way home from the shops; then I’ll buy 140 on multibuy and they are still sitting in the door of my fridge! It’s OK though cos they never go off – cos THEY’RE NOT ACTUALLY FOOD. They’re just weird waxy mummy-testing thingies. xx
Two words – PURE. GENIUS!
:) thanks Cas xx
Ha ha ha – I’m glad I’m not the only one saying “my child is a complete dick”! Lunatic OCD-merchants, all of them.
yay you too! ;))
Thank you for writing this – I was genuinely starting to think that my three-year-old son had something wrong with him, but it appears from this excellent post and the comments here that he’s a completely normal little lad who’s in, ahem, good company. And, yes, he can be a total dick at times too. Stay strong, my fellow toddler tamers!
thanks for your great comment Tom – it does indeed help to know that we parents of dicks are not alone ;) x
my hubby (who is French, not sure that matters though) used to collect babybel wrappers up with his three brothers and make little statues out of them…. gak!
ha! It is great to mold into stuff but it is also a bugger to get out of the carpet! x
Oh no no no you can’t peel a babybel for them!! That is doom dooooooom dooooooooom!!!same applies to kinder eggs.
i know that now :(( I wouldn’t dare touch a kinder egg though! x
Poor deprived boys!!! Peeling it is truly the best bit – and making the wax into little sculptures afterwards – I’ll pass on the cheese itself!!
NEVER peel someone else’s Babybel! I am totally in agreement on that ;)
Fab – good point very well made – it definitely is the best bit!!! #funee
Woah! My kids go ape poo on me if I unravel their babybel! You are a brave lady LOL. Great post.
Such an idiot aren’t i!! ;))
Hilarious! So true!
Though I won’t have babybel in the house anymore: they seem to pair excellently with a glass of Sauv Blanc and I once at six in a row. Oops.
“Why is my child such a dick?!” PMSL a question I ask at least once a day (with love, obviously)
ha ha glad its not just me! xx
Nice to know that other children are as fussy as ours can be! Good you can see things from their perspective too :) #funee