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Peppa Pig’s surprise and terrible twos‏

A lot of other parents say to me when you have children you constantly question if you are doing a good job. I’m always asking myself is it okay to be travelling so much with my children, and am I doing enough with them when they are back in the UK? I know it’s not always about doing things, it’s often about spending quality time with them, but I think it’s great for them always to be busy! This week has been a fun filled, action packed week for Rocco with a film premiere and a trip to the theatre and he has loved it.

We were lucky enough to be invited to the UK premiere of the screening of some of the new episodes of the Teletubbies at the BFI on the Southbank. If I’m honest I was never too sure about this television programme, I questioned whether it’s was good for children’s speech development. However the new series seems to have improved upon that somewhat.

The Teletubbies still say ‘ehoh’ for hello but there seems to be more about it that is educational, and in HD it looks pretty special when you compare it with the old episodes.

Rocco was so excited in the lead up to the screening that when he actually saw the Teletubbies in person he had a bit of a meltdown and became completely overwhelmed and burst into tears! Nevertheless we had a great morning.

It’s just two weeks until his 2nd birthday and it’s almost like a switch has flicked – it’s time for the terrible twos! I would have never have believed that when he can’t get his own way he would just lie on the floor and scream. Where did he learn that? Not from me that’s for sure and I can’t recall the last time Alex did that! Ha!

For a little boy who has always had a good appetite he is starting to become tricky and fussy with food. On a daily basis I hear “no, I don’t want it.” But, interestingly, his nursery say he has a great appetite and eats loads, so clearly he is testing us and it’s certainly a challenge time.

We aren’t giving him options and if he doesn’t eat what we offer, then fine. He isn’t going to starve and hopefully it is just a phase. Has anyone else encountered this with their toddlers? What did you do?

As a bit of a birthday treat (and before I took the children abroad again!) Alex and I took Rocco and Tahlia on their first trip to the theatre.

I love going to the theatre and given that I have performed as Cinderella eight times its always been a big part of my life. I was really excited when I heard the live theatre show of Peppa Pig was going back out on tour and was coming to Fairfield Halls in Croydon (just down the road from where I live).

Peppa Pigs Surprise is a really good production with simple sets that kept Rocco transfixed for the two 35 minute halves. The theatre was packed and the children were all absolutely loving the show.

The story is told by Peppa’s friend Daisy (actress Emma Grace), who interacts with the audience effortlessly. The actors who operate the popular children’s characters on castors around the stage were dressed in black and impersonated the voices of the characters superbly.

Peppa, George, Danny Dog, Pedro Pony and Suzy Sheep all feature in the show with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and Mr Potato performed by actors in full size skins. The story is sweet and Rocco’s favourite scene was when Peppa and George had a bath and Daisy created some pretty impressive bath bubbles.

If you have children who are fans of the TV show the live theatre performance is really worth watching and makes for a great afternoon out with the children. You can find out more about the tour here.

Over the next couple of weeks Rocco and Tahlia are going to be extremely busy in Florida. Whilst I am filming, I have planned lots of exciting days out for them with things to do at the Disney Parks. It’s brilliant that you can create an online account and literally book everything in advance.

If you are thinking of taking two young children on a long haul flight, there are a few things you need to consider; like dealing with jet lag and how to keep them entertained, but don’t be put off. I’m just thinking I can’t wait to see Rocco’s face when he meets Mickey Mouse. Dealing with a couple of days with early mornings will be worth it.

So my next blog will be coming to you from the ‘Sunshine State’, Orlando and the home of Mickey. I think Sarah our nanny is the most excited of us all!

 

Until then, lots of love

 

Laura xxx

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