Reasons Why Summer Sucks If You Have A Toddler!

While much of the country rejoices at the heatwave, those of us with a small person in tow may be less than cheerful….
Summer with toddlers
  • They have to wear a hat. They don’t want to wear a hat. They lose all the hats. You may as well buy shares in a hat company so at least you get some of the profits from all the hat purchases.
  • They sleep at all the wrong times. Hot days lead to lazy afternoon snoozes and then they create toddler mayhem all evening until they finally pass out shortly after you at 11.30 pm. They will then wake you up every 40 minutes or so to let you know that they are a tad warm, and would love it if you could shuffle their sleepy body onto a cooler part of the sheet, before waking up full of beans at 4am because the sun is up so it must be morning.
  • They won’t eat meals so you are forced provide a smorgasbord of cold exotic fruits and cheeses. Which get smooshed into carpets and sofas. And still don’t get eaten. You try not to panic that they have eaten nothing all day, but do, then the next day they eat 7 dinners and all is well again.
  • They are grumpy. You are grumpy. It is a vicious cycle of heat related grumpy.
  • You have to put suncream in their eyes. Obviously that is not the official advice, but is the inevitable conclusion of any attempt to apply lotion to a screaming toddler while he/she thrashes about.
  • They won’t sit still in beer gardens. No relaxing cold shandy for you. No, you must spend your time crouched until your knees lock in a cobweb filled playhouse drinking imaginary tea, or refereeing a swarm of marauding children as they fight over the slide. Meanwhile all the other parents enjoy chats about the weather, sip their chilled drinks and pretend they haven’t noticed you are having to stop their children partaking in playground genocide. From time to time you glance longingly at your ice cold fizzy beverage as it slowly becomes a warm flat glass of unpleasantness on a distant table.
On the plus side there is:- the expression on their face when they first discover ice cream, paddling pools, picnics, sandcastles, sandwiches and sand, the squeals of delight as tiny toes are dipped into freezing seas, the smell of suncream on hot skin, and generally all sorts of fun to be had when not dealing with the above list!


Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. Anonymous
    July 8, 2013 / 7:00 am

    Haha. Love it. I’m with you on all of this. – The40yearold

  2. AtoZ Mummy
    July 8, 2013 / 8:14 am

    Haha love this post!

  3. Emma T
    July 8, 2013 / 8:23 am

    I hear where you’re coming from, although my toddler must be really warped, because he’ll try and put suncream on himself, he loves wearing his hat (worn in the car!), and eats whatever meals plus snacks are put in front of him. He did have one bad night of sleep – ended up in with me, but otherwise he’s obviously old before his time. (I do keep saying that I’m concerned for his teenage years – he’s got to act up at some stage…)

    • Sonya Cisco
      July 8, 2013 / 9:23 pm

      Want to swap?! 🙂

  4. July 8, 2013 / 8:27 am

    Great post! Love the bit about the suncream in eyes, it always ends in the eyes!!!

  5. Shiv Ferguson
    July 8, 2013 / 8:31 am

    I still get suncream in Cals eyes!

    • Sonya Cisco
      July 8, 2013 / 9:26 pm


  6. July 8, 2013 / 9:08 am

    Oh yes, can’t disagree.. Ma Puce is three and a half and it’s the first summer I’m able to relax a bit more and enjoy since she was born!!!

  7. Tas D
    July 8, 2013 / 10:08 am

    Hahahaaas so true!! I’m pretty sure z has eaten nothing for about 2 days now. And he keeps hiding all his hats. I keep trying to find new hats. My MIL asks me why he has no hat on. Relaxing summer.

    • Sonya Cisco
      July 8, 2013 / 9:24 pm

      Hahaha, yes, I get asked where his hat is too- ‘ I wish I bloody knew’ is often my reply!

  8. Eeh Bah Mum
    July 8, 2013 / 10:23 am

    very well put.
    someone told me to wait til it was warm to potty train.
    so we are all hot and grumpy and there are human poos in the garden.

    • Sonya Cisco
      July 8, 2013 / 9:25 pm

      Human poo is much scarier than dog poo. Unless it is from one of your kids, then it is just about tolerable…just about…..

  9. Alice Emma Thompson
    July 8, 2013 / 10:24 am

    Fab post – you had me giggling away. I’ve pinned it. Alice @ Mums Make Lists

  10. sabrina montagnoli
    July 8, 2013 / 10:45 am

    Every mum with a toddler is nodding their head right now! As with everything you are forced to balance a lot of cons with pros.

  11. July 8, 2013 / 11:04 am

    Don’t forget the water play!!! I miss the splashing and general excitement that water play in the garden could produce in a toddler!! My son must have washed his hot wheels cars a zillion times in the paddling pool.

  12. Louise Fairweather
    July 8, 2013 / 11:41 am

    Very true

  13. Rachael Jess
    July 8, 2013 / 1:46 pm

    so true!
    Slightly concerned Max is going to want 7 dinners tonight though…..

    • Sonya Cisco
      July 8, 2013 / 9:27 pm

      Syd ate mine as well as his own on Friday!

  14. Galina Varese
    July 8, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    Sounds like us, apart from the beer garden, as I don’t think I’m a beer garden material myself.:)

  15. Mum of One
    July 8, 2013 / 6:19 pm

    Mahahaha, Oh Lord this is so true…am about to add a too hot newborn into the mix too. Heaven help us. Great post and thanks for linking to the PIn It Party. Gave me a much needed giggle x

  16. Suzanne Whitton
    July 8, 2013 / 6:45 pm

    Oh my dear me I remember the days of crack of dawn wakings and terrible evenings with them not sleeping due to the heat. The hat thing did make me laugh!

  17. July 8, 2013 / 7:22 pm

    Love this post! So very true!

  18. SarahMummy
    July 8, 2013 / 7:51 pm

    I love it! Especially the suncream in the eyes – and the supervising of other people’s kids fighting. I have to do that too. Who are the people who don’t do it? Why are we stupid enough to do it?

  19. Jay
    July 8, 2013 / 8:19 pm

    You just reminded me I never want to sit in a cobwebby playhouse ever again!

  20. Nicola Thomas
    July 8, 2013 / 8:35 pm

    Absolutely spot on as always missus, brilliant!

  21. July 9, 2013 / 8:45 am

    Heh heh yes yes yes! Hats everywhere one minute and not one bloody one to be found the next!
    Popping over from the Parenting Pin It Party !

  22. Older Mum
    July 10, 2013 / 10:25 am

    It’s the chasing them around trying to lather them with sun cream that gets me all hot and bothered… at the moment Little hates me trying to put it under her chain as it tickles her…. and of course the being too hot in bed, not being able to get to sleep…. aggghhh. X

  23. Jennifer Jain
    July 10, 2013 / 6:34 pm

    I love this post, totally agree with everything!

  24. Emily Foran
    July 11, 2013 / 12:21 pm

    So true…
    Can’t keep a hat on any of mine and sunscreen is an absolute nightmare, we have also had a variety of heat rashes to contend with! xx

  25. July 12, 2013 / 8:38 am

    Ha ha, brilliant! I am terrible for getting it in the eyes!

  26. July 12, 2013 / 12:58 pm

    Funny post. I have just got a roll-on suncream, which I can quickly get on before my son runs off.

  27. Kath Bee
    July 12, 2013 / 9:31 pm

    I put my kids to bed at 6.30 tonight because I couldn’t bear them any more – they were so tired from the heat and getting on each others (and my nerves). I’m glad they can’t tell the time yet

  28. Emma Martin
    July 20, 2013 / 6:41 pm

    Spot on, this is what I have dealt with for almost 7 months of each of the last four years living in Cyprus!

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