Double trouble in toy hunt
It’s crucial to have duplicates of your child’s favourite cuddly creature close to hand
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