I’ll Have Peppa Pig for Lunch, Please

Peppa Pig


Despite being one of the greatest people ever to walk this earth, I am still human.  And as such I have been known to make the odd mistake.  As a parent I seem to be making more mistakes than normal, but, like I said, I am only a mere human, despite appearances.  In this post I will talk about one of the mistakes I have made as part of the Raising Multilingual Children Blogging Carnival.

Our son is now approaching 21 months old and we are currently dealing with a mistake that I first made about 15 months ago.  In order to keep my parents involved with their first, and so far only, grandchild, when Thomas was first able to sit up straight and started to eat proper food I decided to call them on Skype so that they could see him.  It turned out that there were a number of advantages to doing this; Thomas was captive and so couldn’t crawl away; my parents could talk to him, sing songs to him and coo over him as if he was really in the room; Thomas seemed to like interacting with them while he was eating and would often offer them his food.

We didn’t do this all of the time.  We would often have a weekend breakfast together when Thomas would have some mashed up fruit, I would have some corn flakes and his nana would eat her toast.  It was all very satisfying and felt like a proper family breakfast, just a few thousand miles apart.

It got to the point where if Thomas saw the laptop in the kitchen as he was eating breakfast he would call out for nana (he still can’t say granddad) until I fired it up and called her.  Once she was on the screen everything was fine.

One day I turned the computer on and the problems started.  Nana wasn’t online.  But Thomas was still calling for her and was not all that interested in his food.  What was I going to do?  The computer was on, I had a recalcitrant child who was brewing up a tantrum.  There seemed only one answer.  I put Peppa Pig on youtube and the resulting silence was only interrupted by giggles and the sound of food being eaten or dropped on the floor.

Fast forward a year and whenever Thomas isn’t starving he calls out ‘Pee, Pee!’ for his favourite pig.  We sing songs to him, dance for him, once I even got the newspaper and kept turning the pages over in front of him.  All of these strategies work for a couple of minutes, but eventually it is back to ‘Pee, Pee!’  We shouldn’t do it.  We know it is bad for all concerned. We know we are storing up problems for the future.  But right now it is easier just to put Daddy Pig and Mommy Pig on youtube and revel in the few minutes’ quiet that ensues.

In terms of his language skills it hasn’t really done much for him.  He now uses ‘pee pee’ for pig and he tries to grunt, but it comes out as more of a sniff.  He also use ‘pee pee’ for the colour ‘pink’, which means he now has two colour words, and both are in English so far (the other being blue).  He understands most of the other colours in both English and Portuguese, but these are the only two he can produce.

So what have I learned from this?  Well now I phone my parents on Skype on my phone and they watch Thomas playing with his toys.  He tends to ignore them quite a bit, but they still see him growing up and developing.  I’ve also learned that maybe, just maybe, I am not as great as I once thought I was.

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This post was inspired by the Raising Multilingual Children Blogging Carnival which is organised by thepiripirilexicon.com

This months carnival is being hosted by mulitilingualmama.com and should be available from April 29th.  Head over there to find lots of other blog posts, all on the theme of ‘Looking Back.’

11 thoughts on “I’ll Have Peppa Pig for Lunch, Please

  1. Mine is still fascinated by Skyping with his grandparents, but now he wants to type on the keyboard and click the mouse. We ended up having to isolate the laptop on a small table within his playpen so that he can’t reach it. I’m looking forward to the day that he will just ignore it! Good luck!

    • Hi Donna,

      I know that problem as well. At one point I tried to SKype my parents with him in my lap but it was impossible. He very quickly found the sleep key and would, despite my attempts to prevent him, eventually hit it and end the conversation. That was why I started doing it while he was having breakfast becuase he was strapped in and couldn’t reach the laptop.

  2. I made the mistake of showing ours the talking avatars that came with the webcam. For ages, he only wanted to appear to granny and grandpa as as cute white cat.

    I can only offer to make it much worse for you by giving you series 1-4 of Peppa which we have on our HD.

    • Excellent. ‘Hello granny, today I’m a little white cat.’

      At the moment we can only find 3 or 4 episodes of Peppa Pig on youtube, but that seems to be enough. We are off to the UK in a few weeks and a Peppa Pig DVD is top of the list of things to buy, but thanks for the offer.

  3. We make an effort to talk to Grandma and Grandpa at least once a week on Skype. It can be tough arranging time zones, schedules, and a happy, but not not overly stimulated 4 year old. We usually settle for a few quick words between Grandma and Grandpa and granddaughter and then the adults take over, but letting each watch the other while we chat. We don’t want to make the calls unpleasant for our daughter so this seems to work well. When she wants, she can come and show them what she is drawing or playing with, etc. and then she can go back to it.

    It has really helped her stay close to them I believe. When they came to visit at New Year’s, our daughter was super excited waiting for them in the airport and ran straight to them as soon as they exited the restricted area at the airport.

    • It’s great to hear about your daughter’s anticipation to see her grandparents and I know exactly what you mean.

      We visited the UK last year and Skype has been invaluable since then for helping Thomas to remember who Nana and Grandad are. If he just hears my brother’s voice Thomas shouts out his name and comes running to the screen.

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  5. Our girls are 9 and 10, and not at all interested in Skyping with grandparents, but will send them a text once in a while 🙂 I wonder what the teen years will bring!

  6. Hi there! This post caught my attention by the very catchy title! I have a 4 yr. old who loves Peppa Pig! As I read your post, I can’t help but think that you’re being hard on yourself. No worries, although Thomas may not show any interest in his grandparents via Skype, he knows who they are, and that’s the most important thing! 🙂 I have video chatted with my family as well, but my 4 yr. old just peeks in, says hi and then runs off; but he knows who is on the other end (grandma, auntie).

    • Hi Frances. I am glad you found your way to the blog and thanks for your comment.

      I am not too worried about my son not wanting to talk to his grandparents on Skype. I remember when I was a bit older and being forced to talk to my grndparents on the phone in Ireland; I hated it.

      What does slightly worry me is the tendency he was getting in to of only eating if he had Peppa Pig on. He has started to get out of this habit in the last week or so, but only through a lot of hard work by me and his mother.

      I hope to see you around these parts again soon.


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