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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

How I turn #tearsintosmiles with Elastoplast

How I turn tears into smiles with Elastoplast

This post is supposed to be a helpful post about all the ways I soothe away my children's tears like the mum-ninja that I am.

My children (like most small people) are constantly covered in bumps, scrapes and bruises, and it's almost entirely their own doing. I do try very hard not to cause them injury myself, but the big one is clumsy, and the small one has no fear. After an afternoon diving off of different apparatus at the park, his forehead often resembles a relief map of the Andes.

Although I have considered wrapping him in bubble wrap and/or never allowing him to leave the house unless it's to a padded area, we all know my soft play experiences aren't always the best, and the two of them are a bit like puppies in that a certain amount of running about outside is necessary to keep them from chewing the furniture. The fresh air is good for them, and it keeps the house tidy, even if it does mean a few grazes here and there. That's all part of being a child (and an adult, if you're me... you don't want to see the state of my knees).

Turns out I really only have two tactics for dealing with toddler tears.

Well, three if you include the first which is to ignore it and hope it's not serious. My two are like premiership footballers the amount they put it on, I swear. I can usually tell when they're just making a fuss; if they're still upset after a few minutes, or if there's blood or I actually heard a skull crack, then the next tactic I deploy is to kiss it better, and provide lots of cuddles​.
If that doesn't stem the tears, I go with my third and final tactic; bribery.
Usually this is a promise of ice cream, but I go with whatever I have on hand. A word of warning; don't promise things you can't actually provide. On a recent trip to the seaside, the big one gave herself an almighty wallop by falling off and onto a concrete step, and I swear you could hear the resultant thud for miles around, it was sickening. How there was no blood, I'll never know. I tried cuddles but they weren't cutting it, so I promised fish and chips. The fish and chip shop was however closed, so we had to spend half an hour driving to a different one. 

So there you have it. That was my comprehensive guide to turn tears into smiles. Carry chocolate but don't give in too soon.

But that's not quite the end.

I was sent some plasters by Elastoplast, who are sponsoring the #TearsIntoSmiles campaign. 

Elastoplast Star Wars and Frozen children's' plasters
We got two different kinds, Star Wars and Frozen. Anyway, long story short, apparently a plaster with Elsa on it actually works better than bribery. And not just if they're injured either.

My kids have started lying, for plasters.

Actually telling me they're hurt, so they can get a little sticker on their face, or elbow, or tummy.
The big one has even started throwing herself down in a dramatic way in order to convince me she needs a plaster. Quite a performance. The small one, not as verbose, holds his face and points towards it and repeats 'passer, passer'.
At least they were happy to model said plasters. They also seem to come off quite easily. Easier than ripping off a plaster, I'd say.

Anyway, mean old mummy has hidden the plasters now, for use in actual times of need because there will be some and they will be soon. I can't tell you how well they actually work as, typically, no blood has been drawn since they arrived (this is not a bad thing however poorly worded that sentence) - however I'm sure that as plasters go, they do the job required and I have absolutely no doubt that they'll be thrilled to bits the next time they fall over or impale themselves on something.

Kids are so weird.

This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast.

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  1. I carry themed plasters with me everywhere . Only problem is the kids now fall over on purpose so they can get another plaster :) Ha ha


  2. Great post and thanks on behalf of BritMums for taking part


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