Death by pubbling

The kids are having some no screen time right at the moment. The two eldest never really play with toys, they play physical games. Right now they’re playing “pubbling” each other. As far as I can ascertain this involves pummelling each other. They have made a concession to pain in as much as they’ve put cushions over the person being “pubbled” but as far as I can see, the pubbling goes on until either someone gets hurt or the pubbler gets worn out.

I’m not entirely sure how it’s come to this. Less than 24 hours ago they were all sitting on my mum’s sitting room floor doing jigsaws. I think it may be due to having to tidy up their own toys at home so it’s easier to entirely avoid the tidying up by avoiding playing with the toys in the first place.

It may also have something to do with their granddad’s very firm stance on jumping on the sofas…

I think Ned has been the only one of the three kids that’s ever really shown an interest in actually playing with his toys. The boy is fixated in collecting toys, Fifi likes her cuddlies but neither of them actually ever play with stuff. True, the boy likes building his Lego sets but once they’re built that’s usually as far as it goes.

Despite this the entire house is awash with toys, literally swamped with them. It’s baffling.

Now they’ve stopped pubbling each other and have gone back to playing Terraria. Despite me telling them not to. I suspect the next stage with be a joint pubbling attack on me when I confiscate the iPads because they won’t do what they’re told. If you don’t hear from me you’ll know why- death by pubbling.

Wish me luck, I’m going in.