Did anyone watch Stoppit and Tidyup as a kid? Me and my brother loved it. It was narrated by Terry Wogan and he was fabulous. I get slightly worried when I feel so old though. It was made in 1988. I had to be a bit naughty and nick the image below but I hope it brings back some memories.
Our fave character was Tidyup, due to the crazy noises he used to make, he always ended up getting a raw deal and he was hilarious. He’s the purple chap with blue hair.
The whole point of the show was the characters were named after common moaning phrases that us parents come out with to their kids. They all live in the land of Do As Your Told (yeah right gremlin!!) As a child I was aware of this (nagging mother) but of course you NEVER understand anything as a child. You need to have children of your own to understand the frustrations; the nagging and the desperation of parents some time.
I thought I would have a look at the characters and see if I am am using all these nagging phrases with the gremlin. I can already anticipate yes, as she has hit a lovely threenager phase of not listening. The joys!
Stoppit – oooooh yes – stop poking your sister. Stop eating your Daddy’s flip flop. Stop stealing blueberry wheats out of the cupboard. This list is endless.
Tidyup – your socks, your toys, your Play Doh, your clothes don’t live on the landing; into the washing basket please! I do like a tidy house.
Eat Your Greens – not this as such but definitely eat your veg. Sometimes the first thing the gremlin says to me when she comes home from nursery is “I ate all my vegetables!” Dietitian Mother? Err yes.
Clean Your Teeth – ah the gremlin is a good girl with this one. We help her but she always obliges.
Not Now – sadly this has become a little more since Piglet’s arrival. Playing game of Elsa and Anna with her attached to my boob can be difficult. Luckily the gremlin has taken it in her stride and often plays alone a little more.
Wash Your Face – again the gremlin is good here and obliges both in the bath and when I chase her with a wipe. She even wipes her own without prompting.
Say Please and Say Thank You – yes and no. Sometimes my gremlin is golden with her manners. Other times when she is demanding something, they go out of the window and some serious prompting is needed.
Go and Play – holy crap when I was pregnant, this ALL I said. She was incapable of playing alone and I was constantly her fat and uncomfy playmate. Since Piglet has come, we have the best of both worlds. She plays alone and I play with her.
I Said NO! My favourite phrase. You are NOT climbing on the worktop to get nuts and raisins. You are NOT having the iPad. You are NOT putting your 5th outfit on today. I SAID NOOOOOOOOO!
Comb Your Hair – not yet. This is more like pin the gremlin down and I comb her hair and tie it up. You would think I was murdering her sometimes,
Bee-Have and Bee-Quiet – yes! Bee-Have we are about to go out. Bee-Quiet and stop screeching in Piglet’s ear or pushing around the nosiest toy you possess at 6.30am.
Calm Down – saying this in the midst of one of the biggest meltdowns ever or when the gremlin was stung by a bee was about as useful as a chocolate fire guard. The gremlin NEVER calms down when she is really upset; always in her own time.
Take Care – nope usually be careful! Like when she falls off her chair AGAIN in the kitchen when she is climbing to help. I have banned her crappy plastic chair from the kitchen but somehow it appears again and she falls off it again. FML.
Go To Bed – haha. I have said this one so many times I may record my voice and play it on loop.
Don’t Do That – I said that today actually when the gremlin kicked me in the face when I was pushing her in the swing and yesterday when she made her sister gag sticking her finger down her flipping throat. Double FML.
Hurry Up – I try not to say this one, as I feel mean, especially if the gremlin is looking at something on a walk. My alternative phrase is “come on darling”. Slightly nicer. Often I want to say “Hurry the frick up and how many times do I have to ask you to put your socks on???”
So it appears I have become my Mother!
I actually step back sometimes and listen to myself and I can’t believe I am a Mum and I am saying what I am saying. Me? How did this happen?
I annoy myself with some of it but they do need to be said if I want to keep my sanity and keep my gremlin alive.
Whoever came up with the concept of Stoppit and Tidyup must have been a parent!