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Tea-Bagging in the play-centre

Tea-Bagging in the play-centre

Meet Fabulamum – A very yummy mummy.

Firstly let me introduce myself, I’m a full time mum looking after three little darlings I like to call Tarquin, India and Theodora. Actually there’s lots of things I’d like to call them but let us just stick with their real names.

To be honest I find being a parent all rather overwhelming, yes the nanny does help, and it’s nice to have a cleaner you can trust not to have her sticky fingers in your purse when you’re not looking. BUT really, there’s much more to parenting than just cleaning, washing and supervising isn’t there?

The trouble I have is other people….and their advice, ideas, behaviour, dress sense table manners and general cleanliness

Parenting is an art form I’ll be the first to admit I’ve yet to master. But I’m committed to putting the practice in, everyday if I need to, even weekends.

The problem is that I see and hear lots of conflicting ideas that it leaves me in somewhat of a muddle. These articles are my way to asking you “is this right?’ “Is this suitable behaviour?” “won’t that forever scar my child’s fragile little mind?”

With all three of my little ones under 5 I’ve got my hands full but we have plenty of adventures. Planned fun with a smattering of accelerated learning is normally the order of the day but I do occasional pass the time by letting them go wild in places like Eddie Catz while I enjoy a flat latte.

Keeping an eye on three restless terrors has turned into a bit of a people watcher. Over the years I’ve seen all sorts of weird and wonderful ways in which people insist on raising their children and I wanted to begin to share some of them here with you.

As this is my first article here at the Eddie Catz blog I thought it made sense to tell a story about one of my experiences at their Putney play centre.

Recently I’ve noticed a new phenomenon which I’ve decided to call tea-bagging. Play centres like Eddie Catz don’t let you bring in your own food and drink which I guess is understandable. You wouldn’t go into a Cinema foyer and watch films on your iPad just because you like the popcorn they sell.
Or perhaps you would, perhaps you’ve been tea bagging too?

teabagging

So what is teabagging? Quite simply it’s taking your own tea bags into a cafe and asking for a cup of hot water.
Here’s something I witnessed last week.

HardUpYummyMummy : May I have a cup of boiling hot water?

CafeGirl : would you like anything else with that?

HardUpYummyMummy : Perhaps a small pot of milk

CafeGirl : I’ll have to charge you for the milk

HardUpYummyMummy : What?!! Isn’t it normally free

CafeGirl : Yes, when you have a cup of tea

HardUpYummyMummy : Ok then, forget the milk

CafeGirl : Here’s your hot water

HardUpYummyMummy : Can I have it in a tea cup please?

CafeGirl : I’m afraid the tea cups are for tea

HardUpYummyMummy then sat down pulled out a box of Harrods Royal Darjeeling tea from her bag, took out a teabag and popped in the cup.

She then returned to the cafe.

HardUpYummyMummy : I have my cup of tea now so now can you give me some milk?

This isn’t the only type of teabagging I’ve seen. Some partake in what I call extreme teabagging.
This involves taking an empty cup from one of the tables, washing it out in the baby’s changing room, filling it with tap water and using the microwave intended for heating baby bottles to boil the water before dropping in their teabag.

Two of my most super gorgeous friends Raul and L’Shawne always laugh when I tell this story so I hope you liked it too.

A very yummy mummy

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