to think that you shouldn't have 8 children if you are incapable of controlling them?

(84 Posts)
froken Fri 06-Sep-13 09:52:49

I have just watched an episode of in tge night garden where Mr and Mrs pontypine ( sp?) take their 8 children fora walk. Mr and Mrs pontypine were kissing snogging behind a rock. Their children climbed a tree and wouldn't come down.

Mr and Mrs pontypine had to go home without tge children ( again)

Aibu to think that maybe they should have stopped at 2 as they seem to have trouble controlling 8 children and have had to abandon them on multiple occasions? ;)

wheretoyougonow Fri 06-Sep-13 09:55:25

I think the real issue here is the children being abandoned. No wonder they don't respond to their parents if they are left alone stuck up a tree hmm

FreudiansSlipper Fri 06-Sep-13 09:56:14

good luck op smile

but yes there are many families that have more children that they can deal with

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Fri 06-Sep-13 09:58:10

Well, the Pontypine children are all the same size so it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume that they are octuplets. How would Mrs P have stopped at two when there's 8 of the little chaps all whooshing out at once?

coppertop Fri 06-Sep-13 10:01:33

If I had octuplets, I'd probably be hiding behind a rock too.

I only have two, and I sometimes feel like hiding behind a rock! shock

monkeybuts Fri 06-Sep-13 10:45:12

my concern is those rogue neighbours in the blue.. The wottingers.

I don't see them for weeks, Then.. when they do suddenly appear, they copy everything the pontypines do, almost to a T and expect all the kids to entertain themselves. Mostly, if not always- the kids get lost..go missing. . and why must they count? Surly they can recognise their own children without needing them to return home via the chimney in numerical order? I think there's something dodgy about those neighbours.

juneybean Fri 06-Sep-13 11:07:56

Well I'd be wondering what doctor allowed her to carry eight to term really.

FrigginRexManningDay Fri 06-Sep-13 11:19:06

They probably receive benefits too and take all the school places. They are a scourge on society.


propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Fri 06-Sep-13 11:30:57

Agree that the mum and dad are pretty feckless. Overpopulation is an issue and I dread to think how much Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit the parents claim.

Squitten Fri 06-Sep-13 11:32:49

It's Makka Pakka I feel sorry for. They keep him in a cave and make him wash everyone. Disgusting

FrigginRexManningDay Fri 06-Sep-13 11:34:01

Bet they rcieve housing benefit and free school meals too.

SPBisResisting Fri 06-Sep-13 11:34:13

Ehat are the chances of two families of octuplets living next door to each other? Must be billions to one surely. Theres something very fishy therre

SPBisResisting Fri 06-Sep-13 11:34:54

FrigginRexManningDayFri 06-Sep-13 11:34:01

Bet they rcieve housing benefit and free school meals too.

Don't be such a meanie. Imagine the trip to clarks at the end of august!

I have to confess, I live to hear Derek Jacobi singing, "IIIII'm the only upsy one!"

juneybean Fri 06-Sep-13 11:36:46

Makka Pakka is on workfare AFAIK

Bowlersarm Fri 06-Sep-13 11:37:01

You wouldn't know you couldn't cope with them, until you had them, and knew you couldn't cope with them smile

FrigginRexManningDay Fri 06-Sep-13 11:39:46

SPB paid for by the taxpayer. They don't enough have their own beds. Where is the money going,that's what I want to know.

FrigginRexManningDay Fri 06-Sep-13 11:40:10

Even not enough

ShadeofViolet Fri 06-Sep-13 11:40:16

But they must be doing something right because they are very clever.

When the Og-Pog runs away, they are the only ones who can work out how to stop it.

JoinYourPlayfellows Fri 06-Sep-13 11:40:42

grin juney

grin at the whole thread.

LookingThroughTheFog Fri 06-Sep-13 11:44:11

Personally, I think Iggle Piggle sets a poor example. Not going to bed every single night? It's not cute or funny. Get the fuck to bed, Iggle Piggle, and for the love of god make sure it's your own bed and not some tramp who feels the need to wheel her bed around for sudden laying down emergencies. We all know what that sort are called.

Makka Pakka is so sweet and lovely, is he? It was so worrying when he had a problem with his trumpet. Upsy Daisy had to raise her skirt and do a special dance. Then Makka Pakka vigorously shook his trumpet and something came flying out of the end. Happy ending! smile

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Fri 06-Sep-13 12:15:39

Lookingthroughthefog- are you saying that Upsy Daisy is Tax Free On Her Back??? shock shock shock

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Fri 06-Sep-13 12:16:52

<reads post by TheMaltese and passes out>

I hate the way that they dont let the children be individuals, thats probably why they play up, they are constrained by the controlling parents.

Fairy1303 Fri 06-Sep-13 12:25:38

Perhaps they should put 6 of them up for adoption and stop scrounging.

Or sell the flat screen tv and hire a babysitter for their snogging sessions.

StanleyLambchop Fri 06-Sep-13 13:03:34

I think they need to calm down a bit. The snogging behind a rock is obviously what led to an 8 child situation in the first place!

At least they are still there though, don't get me started on absent parents -I am looking at you, Charlie & Lola's parents. Max & Ruby seem to be bringing themselves up too (thank goodness for the steadying influence of Grandma)

LittleMissGerardButlerfan Fri 06-Sep-13 13:08:42

Those poor kids being made to all dress the same!

At least as they all sleep in the same bedroom they don't have to worry about bedroom tax!

And don't get me started on how iggle piggle can fit in the ninky nonk when it's bigger than them confused

MrsDeVere Fri 06-Sep-13 13:12:31

Makka Pakka should be made to learn English
The selfish breeders should give up some of their children to naice families who would give them a proper life.
Iggle Piggle's parents should be ashamed of themselves, babying him and allowing him to hang on to that blanket for so long.
God only knows what the carbon footprints of the ninky nonk and the plinky plonk (whatever, its been a while thank God) are.

The whole shower are a disgrace!

nauticant Fri 06-Sep-13 13:20:23

And where's Social Services, eh? Probably spending all their time at diversity workshops and other such nonsense.

JoinYourPlayfellows Fri 06-Sep-13 13:25:16

"The snogging behind a rock is obviously what led to an 8 child situation in the first place!"

They have to do it outside - the can't be getting up to those kinds of antics with the 8 kids in bed beside them!

I believe Channel 4 are making a fat porn documentary about how the Haa Hoos got so enormous.

It's going to be called Bouncing to Obesity.

Fairy1303 Fri 06-Sep-13 13:25:50

mrsdevere I am so annoyed with myself that I forgot about elvish breeders

Fairy1303 Fri 06-Sep-13 13:26:29

SELFISH breeders! Although Elvish breeders would have put her right in her place.

LookingThroughTheFog Fri 06-Sep-13 13:29:08

Elvish breeders is fantastic though! 'You know what the world needs? MORE ELVES!'

JoinYourPlayfellows Fri 06-Sep-13 13:30:29


The world definitely does need more elves. The population has been declining for centuries.

Many people have never even met an elf!

MrsDeVere Fri 06-Sep-13 13:33:27

Oh yes I am all for Elvish breeders.

We need more Elves, people might want to adopt them and we have very nearly run out.

Also the Making Tiny Little Shoes In the Dead of Night industry has been in a sad decline for some years sad

StanleyLambchop Fri 06-Sep-13 13:35:37

'The world definitely does need more elves. The population has been declining for centuries.'

Over to Ben & Holly then....

JoinYourPlayfellows Fri 06-Sep-13 13:37:19

"Also the Making Tiny Little Shoes In the Dead of Night industry has been in a sad decline for some years"

smile smile grin

I blame Thatcher.

AFishWithoutABicycle Fri 06-Sep-13 13:38:14

I also they all the children seem to show symptoms of a severe language delay. It's more common in large families. I am especially worried because I imagine they were premature, being octuplets, and the parents aren't providing a very good language model for them. Poor little pontypines.

AFishWithoutABicycle Fri 06-Sep-13 13:38:32

I also think....

JoinYourPlayfellows Fri 06-Sep-13 13:39:14

Britain used to lead the world in tiny little shoes.

<goes misty eyed>

Trills Fri 06-Sep-13 13:41:44

Maybe they could control 7 and #8 was just one too many.

Maybe #8 is a troublemaker

GingerPCatt Fri 06-Sep-13 13:44:14

The pontypines remind me of the Duggers. The mass of uncontrolled children they always lose or ignore, the conformity, and strict gender roles. Are they fundamentalist Christians too?

StephenFrySaidSo Fri 06-Sep-13 13:44:55

I heard they've also applied for a goat

FrigginRexManningDay Fri 06-Sep-13 13:46:39

I bet numbers 5,6,7 and 8 turn out to be right little toe rags with asbos and a string of convictions.

MrsDeVere Fri 06-Sep-13 13:48:00

I heard number 7 is called Jayden. He will never be a high court judge.

MNHubbie Fri 06-Sep-13 13:49:17

See now you've all missed the point. Remember the very beginning of the show? The little boat. Ikkle Pickle is either magically going to another dimension that he visits at night or... FAR MORE LIKELY: he is dying of dehydration, heat stroke, malnutrition and salt water poisoning and is hallucinating his appearance, the night garden and all who are there. It explains the scale issues and why he is only a visitor who doesn't sleep there. As time can move differently in hallucinations all the episodes happened over the hour or so it took him to finally die.

Ikkle Pickle is dead and you're all bickering over his ravings. You should be ashamed. A very brave show for the BBC to do but odd it was put on Ceebeebies rather than one of the late night drama slots.

Annunziata Fri 06-Sep-13 13:51:41


Pachacuti Fri 06-Sep-13 13:54:39
fancyanother Fri 06-Sep-13 13:57:20

Thank you OP for reminding me that if I had a 3rd child, I would have to watch In the night Garden again!

ballinacup Fri 06-Sep-13 13:57:58

I don't trust that Oopsy Daisy. My nan always told me to never trust a girl who flashes her knickers and spends her time with sailors.

AFishWithoutABicycle Fri 06-Sep-13 14:07:03

MNHubbie I can't believe I didn't get it. I've seen ashes to ashes and lost you'd think I'd have seen it. God it's clever.

JoinYourPlayfellows Fri 06-Sep-13 14:10:19

"My nan always told me to never trust a girl who flashes her knickers and spends her time with sailors."


MNHubbie Fri 06-Sep-13 14:20:51

Exactly Afish, same vein and genre. One form of drama posing as another (although Ashes to Ashes ended up being one form of drama posing as another whilst posing as yet another...).

nancerama Fri 06-Sep-13 14:24:34

Given they sleep head to head I suspect they are doing everything they can to prevent any more joining their number.

MrsDeVere Fri 06-Sep-13 16:22:32

That Upsy Daisy is not better than she ought to be <whatever the frig that means>

Beat thing about ITNG is the music. All else is madness.

JoinYourPlayfellows Fri 06-Sep-13 16:29:51

The slutshaming of Upsy Daisy on this thread is outrageous!

QueenArseClangers Fri 06-Sep-13 16:41:31

My lovely mother was convinced the Wottingers were named the 'Wankifers'.

JoinYourPlayfellows Fri 06-Sep-13 16:46:58

They should be called the Wankifers.

There's something not quite right about that lot.

furfoxsake Fri 06-Sep-13 16:48:09

I'm impressed they still FEEL like snogging behind a rock with 8 toddlers (am assuming toddlers due to language skills). The horny little imps.

CHJR Fri 06-Sep-13 16:48:20

I wanna know how Mr and Mrs Pontypine apparently managed to keep up a kissing relationship with 8 DC around!!!! Mine won't even let me talk to DH sometimes!

CHJR Fri 06-Sep-13 16:49:17

X post furfoxsake!

SamHamwidge Fri 06-Sep-13 17:20:25

MakkaPakka has a serious case of ocd doesn't he? All that vigorous face washing and putting stones into nice little piles. He even sleeps with a stone!

MiaowTheCat Fri 06-Sep-13 18:08:07

Dh works in a team of blokes who've all got kids of a similar age to dd1, so toddler or there abouts.

The number of hours they've devoted to analysing and discussing itng to levels you normally get in very earnest book club levels is highly worrying.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Fri 06-Sep-13 18:11:49

What about the Pontipines making their children carry their heavy table so they can have tea in the ninkynonk! Surely that needs reporting to SS.

LadyRainicorn Fri 06-Sep-13 18:23:54

Mnhubbie please don't be my dh.

He has exactly the same theory.

DollyTwat Fri 06-Sep-13 18:24:40

Totally agree op. I've also wondered about Ben 10's parents letting Grandpa Max take their young son out to be nearly killed on a daily basis by aliens. He's worn the same clothes for the whole if the trip and would be in need of some counselling due to his daily traumas

LadyRainicorn Fri 06-Sep-13 18:29:24

Oh thank fuck for that. Mnhubbie is not my dh (unless the profile is a complete subterfuge). I was having s serious wibble on the tr a in home then.

Back on topic - why does dereck jacobi sound so horrified when he goes oh no it's the ninky nonk? He sounds like someone is shitting on his favourite chair.

Pachacuti Fri 06-Sep-13 18:36:43

DollyTwat -- if you watch the live action Ben 10 movie Ben 10: Race Against Time it tackles both those questions. Ben's parents are ineffectual hippie types who are faintly appalled that Ben is spending so much time hanging around with Grandpa Max but believe that he has to be allowed to self-actualize, or something along those lines. And Ben tells Gwen that that's his lucky shirt so he insists on wearing it whenever possible, with scant regard paid to laundry.

spg1983 Fri 06-Sep-13 18:50:06

Well I would like to know exactly Mr and Mrs Pontipine have been feeding their children - they all have chronic wind problems...

SPBisResisting Fri 06-Sep-13 19:00:55

Ben 10 rarely wears his clothes for long though. 2 minutes in and they are neatly folded, in an M&S carrier bag, while he becomes....HEATBLAST

froken Fri 06-Sep-13 19:03:24

I hadn't thought that maybe the children were octuplets, good point, obviously couldn't have stopped at 2 in that case.

Dsis and ds watched an episode of in the night garden at bedtime, the story was about kissing things so they grow, upsy daisy kissed a flower and it grew, then she kissed a tree and it grew, then she kissed iggle piggle..

As a side note my ds is called elf, he does also have a proper name which means elf but we call him elf, I'm glad the world is in need of elves smile

SPBisResisting Fri 06-Sep-13 19:08:22

ah the days of innocence

MNHubbie Sun 08-Sep-13 20:17:45

Not guilty of being yours... I think.

The live action Ben 10 also shows the reason Ben is so badass is because his granddad was the 6 Million Dollar Man.

monkeybuts Sun 08-Sep-13 20:47:50 come the tombliboos never have their fucking trousers on...and no one bats an eyelid? Reckon they are all in some drug endured hallucination, myself.

Thepowerof3 Sun 08-Sep-13 21:01:15

They only seem to feed those kids junk as well, scum

ZingWantsCake Sun 08-Sep-13 21:50:31

we have 6 children and I find them impossible difficult to control.
I still want two more.

I know it's meant to be a funny thread but it made me feel uncomfortable....sad

JoinYourPlayfellows Sun 08-Sep-13 21:56:57

Aw, don't feel uncomfortable sad

It's just a silly thread taking the piss out of people who say those kinds of things smile

Enjoy your family. I couldn't manage 6, never mind 8. Even the thought of that many pregnancies is shock, but we're all different.

If you want 2 more children, I hope you get to have them and enjoy them smile

But if you do, I think it would be best if you and your DH didn't let them run wild while you were snogging behind a rock grin

ZingWantsCake Sun 08-Sep-13 22:15:30

thanks join

I get it now! grin

has anyone asked them yet whether they have heard of condoms?

SPBisResisting Mon 09-Sep-13 19:42:46

Possibly but would you understand the high pitched babble you got in response?

Pagwatch Mon 09-Sep-13 19:44:53

I am one of eight.
We just ran feral.i still do sometimes.
<runs in feral way>

Bunnygotwhacked Mon 09-Sep-13 20:51:43

As to what they are feeding them it's runny grobbles every night so that CB/CTC certainly isn't going on their food, whilst ponty mum and dad get those ice cream sundae looking things Jamie Oliver should get round there sharpish and sort them out before they all end up like the hahoos

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