Just Call Me Mrs. Hughes

The other morning we were going through our usual routine, Kevin was putting the dishes away, I was getting ready for work and Lily was buried under the covers in our bed watching VeggieTales.

Suddenly, we heard a “Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! Come here!”

We both go into the bedroom thinking that maybe she had hurt herself, but there she was watching her tablet, snuggled under the covers. She looks over at us and says, “Can I have my juice? In a sippy cup? The owl one?”

It was at this point that Kevin looked at me and said, “You know this is just like Downton Abbey. She is the upstairs and we are the downstairs.”

And I realized no truer words have been said. Here are the ways your toddler is the upstairs staff of Downton Abbey while you, the parents, are the group that live downstairs.


Photo courtesy of Paste Magazine

You are always on call

It doesn’t matter what time it is or what you are doing, when Lady or Lord Toddler, the true master of the house calls, then you need to respond and react to their demands.

All they need is a little bell to ring anytime they need something.


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Lord help you if you make a mistake

There is a fine line that you have to walk when you are in servitude to Lord or Lady Toddler.

If said orange juice is in the ghost cup and they wanted the owl cup, be prepared for a Countess level throw down.

Instead of throwing you shade, like the Dowager Countess of Grantham, it will be a full on, temper tantrum.


Remember your place

Just remember your place.

While your toddler ranks in the upstairs level of society, you will forever be in the downstairs group. making sure all of their needs are meet.

Everything from fetching toys under the couch to wiping bottoms falls to those downstairs.

However, you wouldn’t trade it for the world.



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