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Classroom teddies in one-up manship battle!

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Aka Sat 12-Apr-14 08:33:23

Why are some parents so competative?
Some things don't change do they? There was always that set of parents who had to go one better and now the poor old classroom teddy is dragged in.

I loved the parent who wrote that the teddy spent time browsing the aisles of B&Q looking for taps. Priceless! wink

Nonu Sat 12-Apr-14 08:43:53

GS brought home the class teddy the other week for weekend.
I was quite stunned to read that article frankly , it is so very stupid in my book for parents to compete like that !
When GS had the teddy it was just jotting done the things that happened along the way, no thought of any competion . It is rather sad on the part of those parents .
Must say though I also thought the bit about B&Q amusing !

annsixty Sat 12-Apr-14 08:45:56

And the writer in the Telegraph today who found Teddy still in the school bag on Monday morning and reported he had spent the weekend doing what bears do--hibernating.That is the way to go.

DebnCreme Sat 12-Apr-14 08:50:39

Given the Health & Safety aspect I am surprised that this is allowed to continue - think of the germs [tongue in cheek emoticon but with an element of truth]. teddy joined my daughter's family on a cycle ride and strapped into the plastic basket. He seemed to enjoy it.

Aka Sat 12-Apr-14 08:50:48


goldengirl Sat 12-Apr-14 08:53:47

Years ago there was a children's programme where a talking teddy and a little girl visited different towns and cities. After that there was a spate of teddy projects in school. What goes around, comes around it seems but cruises and the like seem a bit OTT - what's wrong with a picnic in the garden?

glassortwo Sat 12-Apr-14 09:10:56

Oh we have had sleep around Sid when each of the DCG have been in Reception.
Weekends are the coveted spot as the parents children have time to fill the log in grin, whereas on a week day my DD said she has enough going on with normal week day routines to try to fit in Sid and having to print out photos etc, and DC wanting to go and do something interesting instead of the beavers or swimming/homework/play/tea/bath/bed routine.
It opened my eyes to see which parents were the competitive type.

Gally Sat 12-Apr-14 09:48:28

It's when they have to take the class 'pet' home for the weekend or the holidays that trouble sets in, especially when said pet was, in the case of friends, killed by the dog. The weekend was spent rushing from pet shop to pet shop trying to find a suitable look-alike replacement guinea pig shock. I always, somehow, managed to avoid doing pet duties..............

Mishap Sat 12-Apr-14 09:53:42

Dear dear - school taking over home life again! - and in reception!!

Nelliemoser Sat 12-Apr-14 09:54:22

My DGS has had his nursery Teddy Ozzie twice now. Ozzie went to DGS's first birthday party and visited again last weekend. DGS wasn't bothered with him at all.
When we were DGS minding on Monday I took some photos of Ozzie in DGS's red wellies, leaning on a post of the playground equipment. Ozzie looked like a teenager hanging around up to no good, a ciggie in his hand would have completed that image.

Mamie Sat 12-Apr-14 10:14:11

Used to be known as Not Bloody Trip the Bear Again in my DD's circle of friends. Yes the competitive ones are very funny.

Aka Sat 12-Apr-14 10:17:53

No Mishap you've got it all arse over tip downside up! It's about giving an institutionalised Teddy a taste of home, life outside the school, respite care, a taste of the great outdoors.

(Wanders off singing Born Free)

Lilygran Sat 12-Apr-14 10:17:54

DebnCreme you aren't the only one. The story said one teddy spent the afternoon going round and round in the washing machine!

HildaW Sat 12-Apr-14 14:17:30

Our daughter's school (20 years ago) did the Teddy Bear thing a little differently. It was started in the main Summer holiday and the Bear was sort of put out to tender from the beginning. The teacher chose one family that were off somewhere quite exciting and it was then their duty to pass it on to someone else. Every time it had a new 'carer' they were expected to fill in its 'passport' with details and photographs and also to post a card back to the school. The Bear had an amazing time and was only ever in the hands of people who really wanted the responsibility whilst the children had the fun of plotting his route back home from the postcards etc that came back. The goodwill of, sometimes, perfect strangers to pack the little fellow (he was deliberately a small one so as not to take up too much space) into their luggage and enter into the spirit of his adventures was amazing. The children got a huge amount out of his adventures and it was the talk of the year.