Hoppy The Christmas Frog

Posted on 12th December 2010 in #SilentSunday/ children/ family

I know it’s meant to be #SilentSunday so shhhhh. This, ladies & gentlemen, is Hoppy The Christmas Frog. When I found myself to be ‘suddenly single‘ with 2 young boys I occasionally found that disciplining them could be a battle. Gone was the option of ‘what will daddy think when he comes home’ so I had to be inventive.

I bought Hoppy on a whim one day because I thought he was beautiful and we didn’t have any particularly nice decorations.

My boys loved him, particularly the youngest, so I told them that he was Hoppy The Christmas Frog and that he was here to oversee Christmas. I told them that he was here to make sure they were being good so that Santa would know to bring them presents. My boys aren’t daft, they were dubious.

One day when we were out in town the boys had been playing up, squabbling, generally not behaving. I told them that Hoppy would be cross.

When we got home all the ceiling decorations had fallen down – both boys were silent as they took in the scene.

“Did Hoppy do this mummy?” Whispered my youngest…

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6 Comments

  • Reply Ol Moore 12th December 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Brilliant, I have used similar tactics with my daughter- we have an alarm fitted to the house and thus tiny white boxes in each room which when you walk past blink a little red light.

    I’ve told her its a ‘Santa Camera.’

    Did Hoppy do it?

    • Reply mrsljhall 12th December 2010 at 6:22 pm

      Lol, no Hoppy didn’t do it, it was just a freaky coincidence!

      Santa camera huh, is that what they call it nowadays – and you a landlord too!

  • Reply jfb57 12th December 2010 at 7:19 pm

    A very regal frog indeed. No wonder he can make things fall from the sky! Jay may give you a bit of an ear bashing for all those words!! 😉

  • Reply Emma 13th December 2010 at 5:54 am

    Brilliant, great story!

  • Reply Crystal Jigsaw 15th December 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Naughty Hoppy!!I love your story about him overseeing Christmas. Why didn’t I think of something like that….!!

    CJ xx

  • Reply JallieDaddy 19th December 2010 at 12:02 am

    Since becoming a hands-on Dad I’ve developed a new respect for Mums & all stay-at-home parents: you need every nearly every skill available: creativity being a key one. I used to watch an adult comedy cartoon series called (I think) Monkey Dust: my favourite character was ‘The Meat-Safe Murderer’ & his ‘pet’ space-hopper ‘Mr Hoppy'; I couldn’t help but think of him when I saw this. Now if you *really* want to scare your kids…

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