1. You have to restrain yourself from singing Mr Tumble’s “Hello” song when saying “hello”. And waving. And using Makaton sign language along with your conversation.
2. The statement “Oh my child doesn’t watch television” is met with a defensive argument about why Cbeebies is actually very educational, and how
you your child really just watches it for the songs.
3. “What do you mean you don’t want to watch Sarah & Duck?” becomes a frequent, exasperated question in your household on a weekly basis.
4. The most viewed video on your YouTube account is the Miss Mouse song from Show Me, Show Me. Not due to requests from your toddler. In fact, it’s what you turn to after a bad day; rather than the normal parental glass of Mother’s Ruin.
You know it’s a really bad day if you’re discovered drinking gin and watching the Miss Mouse song.
5. You often find yourself pondering Andy and Hatty’s relationship… and what is really going on in the Natural History Museum prior to opening hours. Frequent travelling to pre-historic times? Risking his life to get her a dragonfly? Or some salt? Go to your local pond Andy! Or your nearest Tesco Metro! You won’t find an Allosaurus there!
6. You find yourself singing the Cbeebies “season songs”. Out loud. On public transport.
7. The hand washing song from I can cook becomes part of your daily routine… before eating, after eating, washing your hair…
8. You can’t see a lion (toy or otherwise) without calling it “Raa Raa” and humming the theme tune to Raa Raa: The Noisy Lion.
9. You drop Cbeebies references into conversations with everyone. Including friends without children. And then wonder why they look at you strangely.
10. You find yourself relating to characters. Like Miss Mouse.
11. The Cbeebies Birthday song has now replaced the traditional Happy Birthday in your household on special days.
12. You discover that Melody is actually a pretty useful way of identifying the composers for a lot of your favourite classical music tracks.
13. You find yourself watching re-runs of The Lingo Show in the run up to your holiday abroad. To get to grips with the language. Obvs. Everyone should know what “cow” is in French before travelling to Egypt.
14. You’re considering a couples trip to Cbeebies Land. Sans Toddler.
15. You watch Pingu just for the nostalgia… and Postman Pat… and Teletubbies…
16. You would actually download the album of Rastamouse songs if it’s ever released, because they are indeed “banging”.
17. You swiftly spotted the change in theme tune for Numtums and wonder why the producers ever decided to give them names. (Or am I just missing the point of the programme? I thought it was about numbers and counting…)
18. You don’t make plans to be anywhere until after 10.30am so
you your toddler doesn’t miss Something Special.
19. You’ve considered calling your next child “Tig”.
20. You often find yourself watching Cbeebies when your child isn’t around.