I want to be that mother who can stand up and say I am a strong confident mother and I know what is best for my children. We breastfeed and co sleep, We listen, We include, We eat chocolate and snot smoothies, we trampoline and grow frogs, we sling, we carry and we try and understand and work with our children without resorting to punishments, threats or coercion.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Preppy Pigshite

Peppa Pig has a lot to answer for:

1) She had Ellie blowing raspberries at everything and anyone, constantly for a month
2) She has encouraged my girls to want to be in bunk beds and not the family bed
3) She has made the phrase 'I'm very good at this' common place in our home
4) My husband LOVES it

Here is my confession I don't like Peppa Pig, I find her a conceited, boastful and selfish pig, nothing like Hamilton. She is constantly telling us how great she is at everything she does. Telling us how good she is and how she knows how to do everything.  This has meant Ellie often says "I'm good at this aren't I?"  I have always advocated Alfi Kohn's Good Job theory and made efforts not to go down that road, so I was unsure how to respond to this 'boasting'  It grated on me.

The Pig Family also eat a PHENOMENAL amount of cakes and biscuits, every episode practically.  Then they introduced Mr Potato, an exercise spud as if this would counteract and excuse it.  If felt I was being made a fool of by a vegetable.

Mummy and Daddy Pig NEVER lose it and laugh too maniacally for my liking.

Finally they ALWAYS portray daddy pig as dim witted and slow and mummy pig as the one who sorts everything out.  Hardly equal partnership modelling.

The girls instantly recognised
this as George, not Peppa!!
Given my thoughts, I was quite reluctant for Preppy Pigshite, as I affectionately call her, to enter our home, but as I give the girls almost free reign in their viewing choices, it was only a  matter of time before she found it. Oh Boy did she find it.  Episode after episode she was engrossed in for months and months till I thought I was losing her to the royal pink pain in the ass!

For the sake of our connection, I too had to become engrossed in Peppa Pig stuff galore and showed my enthusiasm with Peppa Mazes , colouring PeppaPeppa gamesPeppa pictures, wearable Peppa stuff, plastic Peppa stuff, edible Peppa stuff.  ALL OUT Peppa warfare!!

You know what?  We have finally come out the other end, she's moving on to something else, still has a fondness for the freaky pig family (wants pics for her wall by her top bunk).  We've had one or two arguments about the amount of Peppa viewing but I've come through *this* phase feeling our connection in tact and her need for autonomy met.

I wonder what the next fad will be...after the werewolf one!!

Meltdowns - NEVER on PP, except George going waaah
Losing the Plot - NEVER I mean NEVER on PP
Breastfeeding - on PP HA!!!

1 comment:

  1. Hm, not that I'm a fan of Peppa, but it's easier to stomach than Disney Princesses. I can't take them. Connection to R or not, she knows I loathe them, and I loathe all the "I'm beautiful because I wear a dress" and "I want to marry a prince when I'm older" stuff. Apparently I'm ugly because I don't wear dresses and lipstick. I'm ugly and I'm proud I say!