What really happens when the class teddy/pet comes home from school

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I never got it previously when I heard mums bemoaning the class teddy/pet. Before my daughter started school last year, I thought….awwwww how sweet! A class teddy or pet that the children take turns with bringing home…surely that’s utterly adorable???!

BA HA HA how wrong was I???!

Now we are almost at the end of the school year and have had the class teddy – or more pet in our case – we have elephants, you see – I now know that no, this is not sweet but totally and utterly stressful!

Yes I am sorry to all those mums who went before like Confessions of a Crummy Mummy, when I doubted your pessimism and sometimes full on dread around the class teddy/pet coming home because I know now what an utter nightmare it can be. If you’re reading this as a newbie to school life and wondering what on earth I am drivelling on about then ho ho ho! just you wait! And if you’re a veteran of the class teddy/pet, you can go ahead and give me that all-knowing look because you have been there done that. If you’re the former, pay close attention. If you’re the latter, we’re on the same team yeah? So here goes, here’s what really happen when the class/teddy comes home:

You will start off thinking it is lovely!

Ahhhh your child is so excited! Finally it’s their turn after so many weeks of waiting to have the class teddy/pet. Praise be! Look at their little happy face. Isn’t it a picture?

You will soon cotton on to how things really are

You soon realise that everything your child has to do, the class teddy/pet has to do. This can be a particular nightmare during time sensitive situations like getting your child to go to bed at bedtime, fed, or taken to school. As if things weren’t complicated enough, you now have to meet the needs of a stuffed toy too. Happy days! Not.

Then the fear sets in

As you realise you need to take the damn thing EVERYWHERE you start behaving not too unlike the class pet aka stuffed toy’s personal bodyguard…monitoring its every move and checking in on its whereabouts every other minute for fear than you may be the ignoramus parent that loses it. You will follow your little being around everywhere professing “Hey you forgot Eddie!” or whatever their name is over and over – so many times that you will definitely lose count, and basically sound like an insane person for the entire duration of your furry guest’s stay…

You will almost lose it – many times over

At the soft play, in an isle at Tesco’s, down the side of their bed, everywhere and anywhere in the house and everywhere you go, and god help you if you were like us the second time over and have it the entire half term week when you go away and have to take the godforsaken thing with you then you can expect to double that number of times you almost lose it….and throw in a strong likelihood that you DO actually lose it (as I did – and then expect sobbing from your child all throughout the day and heartbreakingly at bedtime as if the end of the world had really arrived).

You will feel totally inferior compared to those who went before

When it comes to looking back through what the class pet or teddy did with everyone else in that lovely book of theirs, you will experience a crushing feeling of being an inferior mum – as you flick through pages and pages worth of history of amazing events and experiences – oh look! they took him to see Strictly live! Oh wow he went sky diving with that family (ok just joking on that second one – by you get my drift).

You will be so pleased to return them (your child will not)

And then that glorious day arrives – when you get to return the class teddy or pet.

Halle-fricking-lujah!

You practically skip along on the school run at the thought of returning it, like waving goodbye to a terrible house guest. Your little one…meanwhile..will not let you enjoy the closure, but keep reminding you how much they miss them, every time they get the chance to which is – you guessed it – ALL THE TIME!

And with all that said – yes it’s true! We did lose the class teddy! We were the ones! After guarding it over a bank holiday weekend, going camping and then two beaches later we thought we had made it into the rest of the half term break (yet more guarding) only to arrive back, unpack an unworldly load of goods from our groaning car off the back of camping only to discover that our class pet was probably still sunning itself on a beach in East Sussex.

I won’t even bore you with the whole rigmarole of then  replacing the class pet which quite frankly is a WHOLE OTHER BLOG POST!

Happy class pet hosting to you all!

Have you experienced the joys of the class pet/teddy? Do you have some funny/stressful stories to share? Or perhaps your child is starting school and you’re wondering what on earth I’m rabbiting on about. Do share in a comment below.

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23 comments

  1. LOL – Oh my what an adventure. This is why I never imposed a class toy on my class – I had a secret idea that parents (for one reason or another) would not be as keen as the kids. You know that elephant is going to haunt you from a beach one day! Ah, I’m glad though you got to have one – otherwise where would I have gotten my laugh tonight?

  2. My son brought the nursery bear home last year, what a nightmare! It came with a full suitcase full of things to look after him like pjs, honey, nappies etc and we kept losing bits out of the suitcase. I was so glad to see the back of him lol xx

  3. This is hilarious and SO true! Thankfully we don’t have anything like this in the schools here in Sweden, but my kids did have their class “pet” once each before we left. I also remember being terrified they would get dirty, damaged or left behind, not to mention we had to catalogue everything the thing did!

  4. Hahaha oh my! Luckily, I don’t think Luke’s class has a teddy! I’m not sure what the deal is when he moves up to Year 1 in September though. I would just feel so stressed and pressured…I hope to avoid it haha!

  5. Oh no!!! I can’t believe you lost it!! 🙂 Have you read the book The Everywhere Bear? It is all about this exact thing. Before I read it I was one like you who thought this would be awesome but now I am scared of losing it and J doesn’t even start school for another 18 months! #coolmumclub

  6. I had to have one when Big Boy was at baby nursery. He was only one year old – the boy, not the teddy – so didn’t get it at all.
    And I forgot to do the diary so had to make up lots of ‘exciting’ things we had done. And so mummy peer pressure began!
    #coolmumclub

  7. Now, am I the only parent to have attempted to sterilise the class teddy before it came into our house? Think of the multiple germs that are embedded in it’s fur! I can definitely do without having it again, my nerves can’t cope #coolmumclub

  8. This was one of the worst things … As our surname comes towards the end of the alphabet we were one of the last. That blooming toy had been everywhere – weekend trips to Paris, Disney Land, farms, stately homes – so we gave him a much needed rest with a family trip to the supermarket and church. And I also had an eBay page bookmarked in case something happened to him … As that was my biggest fear!

    • Oh this is funny. The first thing I do with the class pet is spray it down with disinfectant and toss it in the dryer on HIGH heat. Who knows what that gem infected item has been exposed to!!! #coolmumclub

  9. Oh we have had the nursery bear a few times now and I have to say we are pretty relaxed! Often it includes a last minute panic dash to anyone’s house who owns a printer and bashing out a couple of posed shots of teddy having breakfast or his teeth brushed! Far less hazardous ha ha! I embrace the simplicity of it 😉 Although once, I admit, the teddy happened to come on the weekend we went glamping to Port Lympne and I did feel a bit smug 😉
    Thankfully those days don’t last long! Enjoy lovely and a big #coolmumclub high five for totally styling out the replacement teddy! Classic!

  10. As a teacher who sends home the class teddy all I can say is sorry, not sorry! Haha. What I do love though is reading all about what you’ve been up to as every parent tries to out do the one before! Honestly, going to Sainsbury’s or playing outside is just as great as going to the Caribbean or up Mount Everest. One year, I had the most amazing couple who made a parody book for me as a leaving gift with teddy getting up to all sorts….it was defiantly a certificate 18 and really made my year!! Actually…..that could be a great post. #coolmumclub

  11. This made me chuckle a LOT! We have had more of these darn things than I have had rights out in the last 12 years! We have had ones for after school clubs, ones that resemble a small freaky toddler and also real life pets! We haven’t however lost one that said we did forget to collect the bloody class guinea pigs for the weekend and only realised Saturday in the early hours of the morning!

  12. Damn, that sounds like way too much responsibility for me, im glad my boys have left school now
    #coolmumsclub

  13. Oh my GOD wifey, for ALL my scattiness and absolute disorganisation, I have NEVER in 11 years of school life lost the class teddy lol! (I’m sure some would think I’m that gloaty mum but you know I’m telling you because it’s HILARIOUS that I actually have one area of life I’m more organised than you ba ha ha). Honestly, that’s probably because we hardly ever took it out though and then have a mad scramble on Sunday night trying to think of things to talk about! #coolmumclub

  14. Oh Talya, I remember this… for both of my kinder. What a, well, what fun? Oy, it was disastrous! I cannot believe this is a thing that happens all over! How hysterical that no matter where, we all suffer through this phase! 🙂 #coolmumclub xoxo

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