AN odious terror of a toddler is allowed to scream and thrash about in museum cafes because he looks darling in his Boden dungarees, his parents have explained.
Three-year-old Oliver O’Connor transforms every Costa, Pizza Express, soft play centre or shop he enters into a nightmare of howling, thrown objects and high-speed running, but rarely receives tuts or scowls because he dresses as a little country gentleman.
Mother Eleanor said: “We don’t like to discipline Oliver in public, because it’s easier to say you do it in private, so we’ve gone for Boden instead.
“Your child can get away with so much when he’s wearing a Fair Isle knit covered in adorable little foxes! Even when he steals marshmallows from a stranger’s saucer, they look at us and realise we’re the right kind of family.
“His behaviour’s likely because he’s so creative and intelligent, which can interpreted as bratty or spoilt in public places, but dressed in head-to-toe Boden he still gets given a free babychino.
“The doctor says it’s not ADHD and have I tried telling him off now and again. But how can I when he looks so cute in his Breton shirt and corduroy trousers?”