He Said / She Said – Bloggers Ed #11 3 Little Buttons

He Said She Said Bloggers Ed 3 Little Buttons WELCOME TO ‘HE SAID / SHE SAID – THE BLOGGERS ED’

“How-dee-do-dee folks. This month is flying so it’s just as well we’ve got the best of the best bloggers to give you a giggle every Wednesday night! It’s a little bit later this evening as The Stented Missus is in San Francisco with work and of course both the nips have come down with a cold. Typical!!! Anyway, hope you enjoy this weeks instalment.’

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He Said She Said The Bloggers Ed Annette 3 Little ButtonsSAY HI TO Annette FROM 3 little buttons

Hi everyone *waves. First off, thanks so much for inviting us to be part of your series Ross. Totally honoured and very excited to get a chance to have a laugh… errmm I mean show off Mr Buttons parenting prowess. It’s not that he’s particularly blog-shy, but rather that he would prefer to leave anything to do with writing with me. So, in this he said / she said, I’m going to be writing for the both of us. Wish him luck 😉


I picked the ‘He plays (with the kids) / She plays (with the kids)’ topic because I thought it would make for interesting reading as this is probably the one thing we are total opposites on.

Here it goes!

He Said / She Said Bloggers Ed Woman from VenusShe said

I once received a very valuable piece of advice when it comes to playing with the kids. The aim of the game is to facilitate and nurture, encourage them to lead the game and then retreat. Yes! Retreat. Because a happy child, is one that can amuse themselves. All the yes’s to that I say.

I always start off with good intentions.  

As soon as her little eyes peep open, Little Button makes a bee line for me, and only me. No matter where I am or what I am doing I will get blasted with ‘play with me muuuuuummmmmmy!

Mr Button will usually sit back, laugh and marvel in delight at his freedom at this point.

Facilitate and nurture

I, on the other hand am usually very happy to facilitate and help Little Button to put together an elaborately messy backdrop for her chosen game. This could include the setting up of various pop-up tent things, a massive tepee which will typically become a dog grooming parlour and all sorts of bits and bobs to help create the mood she’s going for. *To which Mr Button will now be choking on his original laughs as he cannot stand ‘toy mess’. Whilst he looks on in horror, I will then start the nurturing bit, which often includes not stopping her from taking out more toys to join in with the bigger game (mess) that we are playing.

Following the leader

At some point the tables will get turned as I become ‘baby’ and Little Button is ‘mummy’. Being force fed plastic food isn’t my idea of fun, but she loves it. *As does Mr Button.

Retreat, Retreat!

Somehow, in all the fun (?) I manage to switch myself for a dolly, and I carefully retreat as the game continues. Result! She plays, I get a rest, and Mr Button paces the floor until he can’t resist it and starts tidying up behind Little Button as she goes. She plays, she wins.

He Said She Said Bloggers Ed Man from MarsHe Said

So what do you want me to say? What’s the question?

Me – how do you play with Little Button?

I normally tend to be the more active one. I take her to the park. I push the boundaries a little bit like doing the monkey bars and stuff like that. She tends to lead lots of stuff though too and has me wrapped around her finger. It’s her way or the highway. *Laughs to himself.

Me – What’s your favourite game?

When we draw on each other’s backs and try and guess what it is. We give each other clues. It means I can sit down for 5 minutes. *Laughs and nods.

Me – I thought you said you were the more active one?

I do all the driving. The trips. I’m the blooming gopher. The one that does all the running around.

We stop to google ‘gopher’.

Me – A gopher is a burrowing rodent. Are you saying that you are a rodent?

*Both in hysterics. I think we best call it a day!

Thanks for having us Ross!


Thank you Annette for taking part!! So guys, number 12 next, Wednesday (30th Aug) is one of the first bloggers I found when I started. She’s the creator of the #Daddytag which I loved taking part in. It’s Cecile from The Frenchie Mummy.


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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ahh love this Annette. I’m so very impressed at your play techniques. I’m afraid imaginary play is my nemesis and I’m very good at the retreat part…. but that’s it! I’m more like Mr Button on this one. Give me a park and some ducks to feed or a colouring book and I’m in! I’m sure “Daddy Pig” will be over to check out Mr Buttons interview. He’s a big fan! 😉 x
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    1. Eek, somehow I missed this comment Dawn! I’m not great at the imaginary part either being honest. But much like you, park, ducks, colouring etc and I’m happy out. Did Daddy Pig check out Mr Buttons part in the end?! Thanks for reading! Cheers, Ross #Dreamteam

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