Dou­ble trou­ble in toy hunt

It’s cru­cial to have du­pli­cates of your child’s favourite cud­dly crea­ture close to hand

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Mi­randa Mur­phy

THERE are, ar­guably, three key re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in car­ing for a small child.

In or­der, they are: feed­ing them, pro­tect­ing them, and know­ing at all times the lo­ca­tion of their favourite se­cu­rity toy.

Be­cause not much strikes more dread in a par­ent’s heart than hear­ing the cry: “I can’t find Puppy!”

The first rule of se­cu­rity toys is to never let your child latch onto a se­cu­rity toy that can­not be re­placed within 12 hours.

It’s de­light­ful hav­ing a unique fluffy squir­rel that was hand­made by Swedish ar­ti­sans – but if you can’t get your hands on another of those suck­ers by night­fall, you’re in real strife.

I learned this les­son early and trau­mat­i­cally; now hid- den some­where in a cor­ner of the house are spare ver­sions of our kids’ se­cu­rity toys, ready for rapid de­ploy­ment. Not that young­sters aren’t wise to this ruse.

My son’s Teddy went AWOL a few years ago, so I smugly whipped out the re­place­ment, eyed with sus­pi­cion by the two-year-old due to its pris­tine fluffi­ness.

Pre­dictably, the orig­i­nal Teddy later turned up. Awk­ward. The new one was dubbed Fluffy Teddy and the old one Naughty Teddy and they now co­ex­ist.

My el­dest child is on ver­sion four of her spe­cial friend – a widely avail­able koala that we named Pinky Flat, mostly be­cause he is flat and was once pink (now an un­de­fin­able colour be­tween grey and wrong).

Mean­while, her good friend’s favourite stuffed an­i­mal is cur­rently be­ing posted back from New Zealand af­ter be­ing left be­hind.

I’m start­ing to sus­pect each in­ci­dent is not chance but, rather, a bovine bid for ex­otic pas­tures. ››

@mur­phymi­randa Mi­randa Mur­phy is a mother of three and a jour­nal­ist at The Aus­tralian

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