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Friday, July 15, 2011

All hail the Zhu Zhu Pet

School holidays + Winter = Shitsville.

The kids' in-built weather beacons have alerted them to the fact that it's too cold and/or wet and/or gale force windy to go outside.

Therefore, Miss5 is deathy bored with all possessions - hers and mine.  Even my last resort of opening up my make up cabinet to her did not impress.  She wants to go to the park.  She wants to go to the park despite me warning her that her legs would most definitely get freezer burn as she went down the slide.

Mstr2 is whining for the sandpit endlessly.  ENDLESSLY I TELL YOU!

Miss2 has learnt to open the door, and regularly rips it open to rouse me from my self-induced survival mechanism stupor with a blast of icy air.  Thankfully, she hasn't worked out how to open the screen door as yet, so I don't have to hope she can't run very fast to the end of the driveway, before I find a jacket, umbrella and boots to protect me from the awful weather before I run out after her.

So I've spent a lot of time hiding in the toilet this past week.  It's about the only room of the house that I can hide in.  If I get in there without the kids noticing.  If they see me go in, they bust on in after me, refusing to leave, fighting over who gets to flush when I'm done.

We're a close family like that....

Alas, I was on my last raw nerve.  My final straw was being yanked.

Enter the Zhu Zhu pet.

Shamrock : My #1 Deputy

Miss5 got it for her birthday last year.  She loved it dearly for all of 11 days, then she tossed it in a drawer.  Never to be seen again.  Only to be heard making the odd muffled squeak and growl through the drawer.

The twins got into her room the other day and found it.  Cue Miss5's inconsolable and disgusted whining about how the twins have taken her favourite Zhu Zhu pet.  The same one she shut in a drawer in October last year.

Amidst all their squabbling and my squealing (last nerve being shredded, remember), the lurid green Zhu Zhu Pet drops to the floor.

Instantly, it comes to life.  Miss5 shrieks and squeals in a laughy kind of way (she has many shrieks and squeals.  Her most used method of communication is a combination of shrieks and squeals, so it's important to distinguish that this was the happy and positive kind).

The twins stop dead in their tracks.  DEAD IN THEIR TRACKS.  Not a sound, not a movement.

It was like 9 seconds of blissful silence, save for Miss5's joyous shrieky squealy yelping.

Then they ran.  It was like watching two oversized teddy bears shuffling along (on account of me being too lazy to get them out of their all-in-one pyjama's).

This thing had them backed into a corner quicker than I have ever been able to round them up.  I shit you not, it was like a Zhu Zhu pet versus toddler rodeo, and this tiny green fury thing was kicking ass.

Naturally, I stepped in.  I picked the toy up, calmed the twins, and reinstated a sense of  frenzied chaos  calm.

Not 10 minutes later, another disturbance / disagreement / civil war.  None of them listened as I  yelled  ranted  raved  calmly tried to resolve the situation.

So I put the Zhu Zhu pet back on the floor.  Off it went, and so did they.  Again, this thing had their backs to the wall.  Again, there was silence.  The kind of silence I normally only get to savour on midnight toilet runs while the rest of the house is asleep.

And so it has been for the last couple of days - whenever law and order needs to be restored in the house, I bring in the big guns of parental discipline : The Zhu Zhu Pets.

Note - I said Pets, as in more than one.  Because I went and bought 2 more once I realised how effective they were at toddler taming.  Best $22 I've ever spent.

The newest members of my kid-wrangling security patrol

I've already put Zhu Zhu Puppies on layby for Christmas.  I could quite literally tune out and sip my  Vodka  ice tea in peace, with these guarding the doors on top of the three Zhu Zhu Pet babysitters patrolling the toy room.


  1. Haha! Love it! I'd get one to try on Seagull, but he is fearless and would probably love it, shriek about it lots, then kill it with love.

  2. Ahhh, if only this would work @ my house....I'd have to bring in "Chucky" to get my 2 to scramble. Chuck E. Cheese would work too, now that I think about it, he freaks them out!!!

  3. Oh my gosh, this is the best!!! I wish it would work here, my girls love their Zhu Zhu pets though and the baby thinks they're for eating

  4. We've got a pink Zhu-Zhu's at Fussy Farm that recently chased a mouse across the living room. So they apparently have bonus features too! 

  5. Haha freezer burn from the slide! Oh I so hear you. My Miss 5 is equally deathly bored. And has actually been nagging for a zhu zhu pet/menagerie. Wish I'd have thought to get her one before the last day of hol's.

    And have you ever had a Long Island iced tea? I haven't. But it combines vodka (I think? certainly several alcoholic bev's) and ice tea. What's not to love?

  6. Hilarious!  Wish they had them when I had a toddler!!!

  7. Love it! Ella loves her little Motley. He has to go everywhere with her. Little Motley was my saviour yesterday arvo when I needed to get dinner ready and the girls both wanted cuddles! ;)

  8. F*ck thats funny!
    we have the same brown and black one that we biught for the cat to play with. We had no idea how to turn it off Miss 3 picked it up and pressed something on it and it stopped.
    Its a sad world when you have to ask your 3 year old how to turn a frigging toy off.

  9. Tell me about it. I'm counting down the days until Miss5 takes over as the Tech guru in the house, and I have to go to her to find out how to do stuff on the laptop.

  10. Aww bless. Mine have the same stuffed puss cat in different colours - all 3 love theirs.  They are the only things they'll cuddle willingly.  Including humans.

  11. Same! I resorted to hiding a real live guinea pig in my empty suitcase, under my bed - at a posh boarding school, where they would've died having such a creature in their presence.

  12. Brilliant! Life imitating art? Cycle of life? There's some totally appropriate saying there

  13. Maybe throw a real live one in the mix, just to see how they react.  Helpful suggestion, I know

  14. I'm worried mine will get too used to the Zhu Zhu pets, so I don't leave them lying around all the time.  Lest they get over their fear and I'm back to disciplining them on my own.  With my Mr T pic.

  15. Maybe one of those lifelike safari animals instead?  Get someone to tinker with the wiring / motor, so it is all souped up and feral?


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