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A Mummy took a stroll through the toy cluttered home.

A bed saw the Mummy and the Mummy groaned.

“Don’t rush away Mummy,” the comfy bed said,

“Come lie here and rest your weary head.”

“It’s terribly kind of you, bed, but no –

It’s nearly nap time for a toddler-o.”

“A toddler-o? What’s a toddler-o?”

” A toddler-o! Why, didn’t you know?

He has a terrible temper, and terrible scream,

He won’t share things and he’s really mean.”

“What is that sound?”

“He’s calling my name,

And jumping on beds is his favourite game.”

“Jumping on beds! I’m off!” Bed said.

“Goodbye weary Mummy,” and away bed sped.

“Silly old bed!  Doesn’t he know,

There’s no such thing as a toddler-o?”

On went the Mummy through the toy cluttered home.

A bath saw the Mummy and the Mummy groaned.

“Don’t rush away Mummy,” the hot bath said,

“Come have a long soak with bubbles instead.”

“It’s frightfully nice of you, bath, but no –

I need to clean a toddler-o.”

“A toddler-o? What’s a toddler-o?”

” A toddler-o! Why, didn’t you know?

He kicks and he throws, and he shouts “NO! NO! NO!”

He bosses you about like he’s running the show.”

“What is that sound?”

“He’starting to shout,

if I mention a bath he will cry and he’ll pout.”

“Cry and pout!” Bath said. “who knew?”

“Goodbye stressed Mummy,” and away bath flew.

“Silly old bath!  Doesn’t he know,

There’s no such thing as a toddler-o?”

On went the Mummy through the toy cluttered home.

A kettle saw the Mummy and the Mummy groaned.

“Don’t rush away Mummy,” the nice kettle said,

“Come sit here and have a cuppa instead.”

“It’s wonderfully good of you, kettle, but no –

I need to make supper for a toddler-o.”

“A toddler-o? What’s a toddler-o?”

” A toddler-o! Why, didn’t you know?

He goes red with rage, and his nose is quite snotty,

He doesn’t like to wear clothes and he has a stinky botty.”

“What is that sound?”

“He’s demanding milk,

and when he’s around drinks will get spilt.”

“Drinks will get spilt! I’t’s time I hid.”

“Goodbye thirsty Mummy,” and away kettle slid.

“Silly old kettle!  Doesn’t he know,

There’s no such thing as a toddler…”

…Oh!”

But who is this boy with a terrible scream,

He won’t share things and he’s really mean?

He kicks and he throws, and he shouts “NO! NO! NO!”

He bosses you about like he’s running the show.

He goes red with rage, and his nose is quite snotty,

He doesn’t like to wear clothes and he has a stinky botty.

“Oh help! Oh no!

It’s a toddler-o!

“I want my food!” the toddler-o said.

I’m going to stamp my feet until I’m fed!”

“Rude,” said the Mummy “Don’t be so rude!

If you are polite you’ll get some food.

Just walk behind me and soon you’ll see,

the one in charge is actually me.”

“All right,” said the toddler-o, bursting with laughter.

“Me go first and you follow after.”

They walked through the home till the toddler-o said,

“I hear a creak in the room ahead.”

“It’s bed,” said the Mummy.  “Why, bed, hello!”

Bed took one look at the toddler-o.

“Oh crumbs!” he said, “You need a nap!”

And into the bed the toddler-o collapsed.

“You see?” said the Mummy “I told you so.”

“Sleepy!” said the toddler-o.

After his nap the toddler-o said,

“I hear a splash in the room ahead.”

“It’s bath,” said the Mummy.  “Why, bath, hello!”

Bath took one look at the toddler-O.

“Oh dear!” he said, “You need a wash!”

And into the bath the toddler-o sploshed.

“You see?” said the Mummy “I told you so.”

“Clean me!” said the toddler-o.

After his wash the toddler-o said,

“I hear a click in the room ahead.”

“It’s kettle,” said the Mummy.  “Why, kettle, hello!”

Kettle took one look at the Toddler-O.

“Oh help!” he said, “Please no more mess,”

“Your poor Mummy, she needs a rest.”

“Well, toddler-o,” said the Mummy. “You see?

The one in charge is actually me!

But now I’m really gasping for a cuppa,

I’ll drink my tea whilst you – eat your supper!”

“Eat my supper!” the toddler-o said,

And quick as the wind he turned and fled.

All was strangely quiet in the toy cluttered home.

You can’t win them all, but you can give it a go!

 
   

 

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86 Comments on The Toddler-o (A Mummy’s Alternative to The Gruffalo)

  1. Mummy Times Two
    January 7, 2017 at 9:39 pm (1 week ago)

    Hahaha we have just laughed and laughed at this post. Fantastic in every way!

    Reply
  2. Mummy Fever
    May 26, 2016 at 10:25 pm (8 months ago)

    I might have to read this version tomorrow night…see if they notice lol.

    Thanks for linking to #sharewithme – hope to see you next week
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  3. Min
    January 8, 2016 at 11:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Amazing. Actually pretty relieved to read that and be reassured that my toddler and his crazy antics are normal!

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  4. Parent in Pyjamas
    January 8, 2016 at 11:15 am (1 year ago)

    Lol! This is amazing! #fridayfrolics I want to read this nightly instead of the other one-o! Fabulous! xx

    Reply
  5. Rhyming with wine
    January 8, 2016 at 10:18 am (1 year ago)

    Very funny and really made me giggle (which is saying a lot as I’m laid in bed with mum flu bleughh). Very clever and a Toddler-o sounds much scarier than a Gruffalo in my opinion.

    Thank you for hosting and for the giggle.
    Dawn x

    Reply
    • Claire
      June 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      Reply
  6. Jenny
    May 18, 2015 at 12:55 pm (2 years ago)

    This is absolutely brilliant and I think it should be published for us parents to have a good giggle reading it to the kids. lol Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
    Jenny recently posted…Letters to him & her ~ #19/#20My Profile

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    • Claire
      May 19, 2015 at 10:24 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Jenny πŸ™‚

      Reply
    • Jenny
      June 7, 2016 at 4:42 pm (7 months ago)

      Thanks for linking this one up again one of my faves!!! Apologies for the late commenting the hand over of Share With Me to Mummy Fever and the busy half term has me a little behind but never forgetting your amazing support and thanking you for linking up. I hope you will link up again tomorrow for another great round of Share With Me over with Charlotte and keep Share With Me blog hop going long after my hosting. #sharewithme

      Reply
  7. Emma
    May 15, 2015 at 6:43 pm (2 years ago)

    That has won my vote! Just read it to my daughter. Great blog thank you for sharing.

    Emma
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  8. Lisa (mummascribbles)
    May 15, 2015 at 9:50 am (2 years ago)

    This is AMAZING! I love it so much – genius! Well done you #FridayFrolics

    Reply
    • Claire
      May 15, 2015 at 10:45 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lisa πŸ™‚

      Reply
    • Claire
      May 15, 2015 at 6:51 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      Reply
    • Claire
      May 15, 2015 at 6:51 am (2 years ago)

      Glad you liked it πŸ™‚

      Reply
  9. Emma's Mamma
    May 13, 2015 at 7:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Brilliant! #TwinklyTuesday

    Reply
    • Claire
      May 15, 2015 at 6:51 am (2 years ago)

      Thank-you

      Reply
    • Claire
      May 13, 2015 at 4:23 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      Reply
    • Claire
      May 13, 2015 at 10:00 am (2 years ago)

      Thank-you πŸ™‚

      Reply
    • Claire
      May 13, 2015 at 7:18 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      Reply
  10. Caro | The Twinkles Mama
    May 12, 2015 at 9:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Aaah this is lovely β€” one of the twins favourite books β€” only our version is a little different! πŸ˜‰ You should think about writing your own childrens” story book! Julia Donaldson has made an absolute fortune!! You could be next! πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk
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    • Claire
      May 13, 2015 at 7:19 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks for hosting. Maybe I should write a compendium of alternatives for parents!

      Reply
  11. Adrian
    May 12, 2015 at 6:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this as you already know! Especially the ending…

    β€œEat my supper!” the toddler-o said,

    And quick as the wind he turned and fled.

    All was strangely quiet in the toy cluttered home.

    – ever thought of writing a children’s story of your very own?
    #TwinklyTuesday
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    • Claire
      May 13, 2015 at 7:20 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks. I’m no where near good enough to write my own, but thanks. πŸ™‚

      Reply
    • Claire
      May 13, 2015 at 7:20 am (2 years ago)

      Thank-you πŸ™‚

      Reply
    • Claire
      May 12, 2015 at 10:51 am (2 years ago)

      Glad I’m not the only one!

      Reply
    • Claire
      May 12, 2015 at 10:52 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

      Reply
  12. Louise
    May 12, 2015 at 7:20 am (2 years ago)

    That’s brilliant – what a fab take on the Gruffalo and definitely one all mummies of toddlers can relate to! πŸ™‚
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    • Claire
      May 12, 2015 at 10:53 am (2 years ago)

      It seems to have struck a cord!

      Reply
  13. Little Treasures
    May 12, 2015 at 7:23 am (2 years ago)

    This is brilliant!! Well done, great blog you have, def worth nominating xx
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    • Claire
      May 12, 2015 at 10:52 am (2 years ago)

      Ahhh Thankyou. I really appreciate that.

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    • Claire
      May 12, 2015 at 10:54 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

      Reply
  14. angela
    May 11, 2015 at 7:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Bloody brilliant! I just read it out to my son’s and the two eldest both looked at the youngest and said “you’re the toddler-o” πŸ™‚
    angela recently posted…#silentsundayMy Profile

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    • Claire
      May 12, 2015 at 10:55 am (2 years ago)

      ha ha. Love it!

      Reply
  15. kiri
    May 11, 2015 at 7:10 pm (2 years ago)

    This is fantastic! Very funny and very true!
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    • Claire
      May 12, 2015 at 10:55 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

      Reply
  16. mummyofboygirltwins
    May 11, 2015 at 7:05 pm (2 years ago)

    SO clever and funny! Loved it πŸ™‚ Really made me smile. xx

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    • Claire
      May 12, 2015 at 10:55 am (2 years ago)

      Always happy to make people smile πŸ™‚

      Reply
  17. Lucy Blossom
    May 11, 2015 at 6:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Well done, its really funny and oh so true

    Reply
    • Claire
      May 12, 2015 at 10:55 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

      Reply
  18. brummymummyof2
    May 11, 2015 at 5:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Ah lovely! How clever are you! You should make your own little book!! xxx
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  19. Mumtoamonster
    May 11, 2015 at 5:45 pm (2 years ago)

    This is genius . In fact this might be our bedtime story for tonight

    Reply
    • Claire
      May 12, 2015 at 10:57 am (2 years ago)

      Wow. Let me know if it meets the grade!

      Reply
    • Claire
      May 12, 2015 at 10:57 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

      Reply
    • Claire
      May 12, 2015 at 10:58 am (2 years ago)

      ahhh, thanks πŸ™‚

      Reply
    • Claire
      May 12, 2015 at 10:58 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks hun πŸ™‚

      Reply
    • Claire
      May 12, 2015 at 10:59 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

      Reply

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