All parents surely have their “go to” television show that is guaranteed to keep their little ones out of mischief for a few minutes. It’s amazing what you can achieve in one episode – empty the dishwasher, tidy up the toys or just enjoy a hot cuppa for the first time in weeks. In our house, that “go to” programme is Hey Duggee. If you’ve not seen it before (where have you been?!) here’s a brief summary:
Alexander Armstrong narrates an engaging, colourful animation about Duggee the dog. Duggee leads an activity club for a little group of animals, The Squirrels. (Who are incidentally a rhino, an octopus, a mouse, a crocodile and a hippo). Still following? The stories are simple for pre-schoolers to follow, with a catchy soundtrack and enough humour to keep the adults entertained as well.
If your toddlers like the series as much as ours, you will become very familiar with every episode, which is why you need to watch out for these signs your partner is crossing that line between responsible adult and Hey Duggee superfan.
Five signs to watch out for:
- Whenever you are about to start on something new your partner pipes in with “Squirrels, isn’t it time for …” E.g. “Squirrel, isn’t time for … washing up?”.
- Whenever you finish anything, you are congratulated with “Well done Squirrel, you’ve earned your … badge”. E.g. “Well done Squirrel, you’ve earned your ‘getting the toddlers into the buggy before they’ve managed to take their shoes off ten times’ badge.” According to your partner, this is “never not funny” – the only antidote is to reply with “you’ve earned your ‘annoying the sh** out of me’ badge”.
- They answer any yes/no question with “A-Woof!”
- When you’re finally ready to leave the house after changing, dressing and strapping the toddlers into the buggy single-handedly, your partner disappears off in the direction of the toilet saying “Just time for one more thing …”
5. When the two of you manage to steal a tender embrace, it is invariably ruined by the phrase “ahhh, Duggee-hug”.