|Boy 2 - are you sure penguins are endangered?|
Dahlings, you know how I like to give useful parenting advice from time to time? Well here I go again.
If there is any possibility of contact with a member of the opposite sex, then
you need to hire a small warehouse NOW and stock it with the following items:
N.B. this is not going to be a list of baby paraphenalia, no, that's easy, you can pick that up anywhere, what I am talking about is hardcore preparation for the horror that is School Costumes. Because from the minute your offspring hits nursery, it will be required to dress up in clothes which are not its own; I estimate that in any given month during school term, Boys 1 and 2 spend 8 days at least not in their own clothes. I sometimes wonder if our children are being prepared for a life in pantomine. And, very important this bit, you will often get 0 days notice that a costume is required because your child will have lost the letter/you won't have got the email and you will find out by chance at the eleventh hour when your child's friend phones up to ask what national monument your child is going as, as his Mummy has just knitted him a Taj Mahal outfit but he is not sure if that is ok, and she only has the Eiffel Tower which she made out of meringues last year for his sister as back up.....
|i know it does not look anything like a polar bear but it was the best I could do ok?|
- Polar bear, brown bear, sheep, cow, mouse, dog, cat, elephant, hippo, giraffe, any other animal you can think of, outfit
- Bunch of grapes outfit - including purple balloons but be careful to check your child's weight against number of balloons otherwise you will have to contact Air Traffic Control
- Mexican outfit including large fake moustache which will get lost at school and later be found under glass in the Year 8 Biology Lab
- Greek outfit (but not soldier as schools do not like weaponry and war-like stuff as creates wrong atmosphere at playtime)
- Celtic outfit - something mud coloured with a bit of tartan thrown in; they will go to an outdoor Celtic camp and build fires and make clay pots and return wearing something tartan with a lot of mud thrown over
- Roman outfit (same as Greek outfit, explain to your child Romans were big thrift shoppers)
- Tudor outfit (note, most boys do not like going as Anne Boleyn)
- Endangered animal outfit*
- Amusing polka dot outfit
- Amusing pyjama outfit (need special nice pjs, cannot let the world see the normal scrotty pants and old vest, both with embarassing holes in, actually used for sleeping)
- Footballer outfit (must be current home or away strip of team of choice)
- Outfits in colours of all national flags worldwide (worth contacting the UN or an international affairs think tank for list of countries most likely to be fighting for democracy over next few years so you can really focus in on these)
- There is no number 13 as I am in no way superstitious
- Assorted Halloween outfits - they will start out as cute little ghosts before graduating to Dr Death and Freddie Kruger and having to be told they can't borrow Dad's chainsaw for the evening
- Assorted Easter bonnets - if you can manage one with real butterflies, baby chicks and lambs on, that would be good
- Assorted Christmas hats - start with a cute snowman and then later they get max kudos from their friends with an "I'm with Stupid" hat
- Nativity play outfits - Wise Man, shepherd, angel, Mary, Joseph, health visitor, camel
- World War II evacuee outfit (and look out for the kid who has a real gas mask in its leather case left over from the war)
- Coins of various denominations as your child will be required to pay for the privilege of dressing as a squirrel etc and the school will specify the precise coins required as they will be used to make an amusing collage before being sent to the relevant charity...it is helpful to invest a modest amount (£5000) not later than your child's first birthday to cover these costume related tariffs.
|Yikes, too Hitchcock The Birds!|
The above is just the bare minimum, but if you at least have these items handy, this should cut down on some costume related stress.
|Boy 1 will be endangered if I catch him playing football in the kitchen again|
Next week: how to make a 3 D model of a plant cell using mashed potatoe and olives.
* Endangered animal was our most recent costume drama; it may help to relieve one's feelings by stumping around the house shouting "Endangered species, endangered species, I'll show you an endangered species: a mother who is still sane and solvent after putting together all these flipping costumes...."