Recently, LO has been very interested in my old purses (she is still in fact, a girlie girl). The other day she grabbed one of them, took my keys, and walked to the front door while saying goodbye to DH, to me, to the dog, to the couch. Anyone or anything she thought would listen I guess. I got soooo excited and said to DH, “She’s learning imaginative play. She’s figuring out how to play pretend. It’s a new milestone!” He looked at me a little confused. Guess it’s a teacher thing.
She does it all the time now but I love that we were there to witness the first time.
Rule #1 – Do not start a game with a toddler that you don’t plan on repeating over and over again at least twenty five times. Also, do not start a game that you will be too tired from after the first fifteen times. Then you’ll be tired and have an angry toddler on your hands.
Rule #2 – Do not give toddlers any food you cannot wash out of the carpet and/or feed to the dog.
Rule #3 – Do not give toddlers anything in the car that can be used as a small projectile.
Rule #4 – “That” is always more interesting than “this”. Once they have “that”, “that” becomes “this” and is no longer what they want. Now they want some other “that”. Then a different “that”. Then maybe they will go back to wanting what they had before. Which you can no longer find because they used it as a small projectile. Repeat.
Rule #5 – Whatever bedtime routine you thought you had will change. Over and over again.
Rule #6 – Clean clothes will always wind up on the floor. Especially when your toddler is in “Fill and Spill” mode.
Rule #7 – Don’t try to tell your toddler to stay put anywhere. As long as they can move somewhere else, they will.
Rule #8 – Hairstyles will always look best right after you have finished. Three minutes after that (if you are lucky and they last that long), it is all fair game.
Rule #9 – Everything is more fun with a bubble machine.
Rule #10 – Big kids can entertain a toddler. Some adults can also double as big kids.
Do you have any rules you would add?