Your childrens’ perception of you

Sometime, your perception of yourself isn’t a 100% in sync with your childrens’ takes…

Emilia and Filippa have a number of dolls/action figures from the Pippi Longstocking world (why the hell do I start thinking about The Big Lebowski and Log Jammin’ when I write that? 🙂 ).

Anyway, Filippa has decided to give them titles of their own. Here goes:

Our given names

A picture of Prussiluskan, from the Pippi world


So, apparently Filippa views mom as some extremely uptight middle-aged lady (if not older), who seems more boring than what anyone could ever fathom is possible. Personally, I thought it was hilarious first time she pointed to Prussiluskan (the character’s name) and sweetly said: “Mom”. 🙂

However, Fredrika doesn’t approve when I call Filippa’s spontaneous and completely authentic recognition uncanny…

A picture of the police Klang, from the Pippi world


Ok, as you can imagine, I didn’t enjoy this one as much. It seems Filippa’s take of me is that I’m acting like a loud fat police, where the outfit resembles some fascist just a little bit too much. Seriously, Filippa, come on!

Our own takes

A picture of Annika, from the Pippi world

Mom’s own perception

This is probably Fredrika’s own view of herself: a young, happy girl, still unspoiled by the world. While I wouldn’t mind seeing Fredrika in such a dress, I wouldn’t dare to state that it’s a realistic self-image.

A picture of Kling, from the Pippi world

Dad’s own perception

Ok, now it’s better. We all know (or rather deliriously believe) that I am the cop of our family, being the stern guy. But I’m not fat, dammit!!! I’M NOT FAT!


  • Kalle Wibeck says:

    Robert, wonderful reflection ; ) Besides the mustasch I also think that the slimmer, yawning, cop looks more like you.

    But I see that you didn't comment on the fascistoid looks as long as you're not fat… ; )

    And hey, have you been in the jam jar again? I can clearly see that your knuckles are blueberry coloured…

    // ; ) Kalle

  • Steven Clark says:

    Interestingly, you can cut down the shadow on the toys by using some paper toweling between the light and the object… (just some advice I read recently).

    Ahh children – and they only get more bizarre mental models of you as they age! As teenagers it gets really interesting Robert.

  • Andreas says:

    Think about the time 10 years in the future when your kids reads this:D

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Well, since the other police had the same sort of costume, i couldn't, since it would have spoiled the joke (but no, I'm no fascist). 🙂

    Good catch on the blue knuckles, I didn't think of that!


    Thanks for the tip! However, in this case, I liked the shadows behind, gave it more of a stage-like presence. 🙂


    About then, their above predictions will probably have come true. 🙂

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