Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Truths About Toddlers...In Case You've Forgotten or Need Incentive to Use Birth Control

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I'm spending a few weeks visiting family in Texas. I have a 2 1/2 year-old niece. While I occasionally talk to her on the phone, it just doesn't deliver the same punch as spending one-on-one quality time with her.

It's been a while since I spent much time with a toddler, and there are some things about that age that I've forgotten.

1. Toddlers are liars.
   "I don't take naps."
   "I don't need to go potty."
   "I don't wear shoes."
   "I can have ice cream before night-night."

2. Toddlers who are potty-training will ask to go pee wherever you go. Likewise, they can go on demand if they know a treat follows the deed.

3. Toddlers change clothes on average 14 times a day.

4. ...unless you let them wear a swimsuit (or other non-traditional day wear) as their outfit of the day, in which case they would wear it for 3 weeks straight.


6. Dora, Diego, Kai-Lan. If none of those 3 people are on television at the moment they request it, BRACE YOURSELF.

7. Breakfast, lunch, dinner = "I'm not hungry."
    Every single moment in-between = "I want a snack."

8.  So. Many. Sippy. Cups.

9. Toddlers are tiny terrorists disguised in cuteness.

 "Get up and do what I say, Tia." (I'm Tia.)

10.  When negotiating with a toddler, there is only ONE way. And it's NOT your way.

**When you're the aunt, you laugh at all of the above because you get to say "yes" to all of their demands...and then send them home. **


  1. I would say yes to that face, too! Adorable! Hey, wanna have dinner tonight ;)

  2. Love it! Mine is just now 11 months and is already starting to show his toddler attitude!

  3. Hahahahahaha!!! Duly noted!

  4. So true!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Ambassadors of Love

  5. Yes! Toddlers are adorable. When they aren't yours. Or when they're sleeping.

  6. Such a cute post! Yeah toddlers are awesome as long as you dont have to live with them forever

    1. I so agree!! I have a 2 and a half year old. I found myself saying to her tonight (in a mildly whiney voice), "No, you sit in the chair! I'm tired of you telling me what to do. You're not the boss of me!" I also enjoy the non-stop backseat driver. Have you experienced that one before??

  7. Yes you speak the truth! Especially the terrorist part. In a way I'm kind of sad I don't have any toddlers any more but not really that sad...

  8. I couldn't agree with you anymore!!! That is a great reminder. My kids are older now but every once in awhile I get a baby itch! I will have to keep this post close to me!!!!

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award.

    Link here: http://yvetteslifeandotherstuff.blogspot.com/2013/06/liebster-award.html

    Yvette :)

  9. I'm just getting to the point in my life where I'm starting to want a child (only one. Singular. Forever. My choice!) and these are all reasons I shouldn't. I'd end up having ferocious screaming matches with a two year old in public places. No toddler can have a temper tantrum like this lady.

  10. You cant say no to that face. She is so sweet. I don't miss having a toddler at all. He is still a challenge at 24. No really, I don't miss the public tantrums... the biggest was over a tampon machine in the lady's room..."But that lady got a magic marker! I want a magic marker too!" He will never live that one down.

  11. I remember those years being very long and difficult, but as soon as you move past them, you forget all the hardship. Of course it helps to be the aunt.


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