Children are one of the many joys in life. They can also be one of the great challenges on any given day. We, as adults, have to learn how to have patience with typically behaviors. Yet, we also must be engaged enough to guide children out of them. For example, “dumping” is a perfectly acceptable toddler behavior, yet not one that we want to encourage. You wouldn’t want your 5-year old running around dumping everything by then it’s not appropriate. We need to have patience at each stage, guide them with alternatives and of course have a sense of humor. Having a toddler can be so much fun, but it can also be exhausting. That’s why I always enjoy reading “A Toddler’s Creed,” it’s a fun way to remember how they just might all agree to view the world. Enjoy:
A Toddler’s Creed – Author Unknown
If it is on, I must turn it off.
If it is off, I must turn it on.
If it is folded, I must unfold it.
If it is a liquid, it must be shaken, then spilled.
If it is a solid, it must be crumbled, chewed, or smeared.
If it is high, it must be reached.
If it is shelved, it must be un-shelved.
If it is pointed, it must be run with at top speed.
If it has leaves, they must be picked.
If it is plugged, it must be unplugged.
If it is not trash, it must be thrown away.
If it is in the trash, it must be removed, inspected, and thrown on the floor.
If it is closed, it must be opened.
If it does not open, it must be screamed at.
If it has drawers, they must be rifled.
If it is a pencil, it must write on the refrigerator, monitor or table.
If it is full, it will be more interesting emptied.
If it is empty, it will me more interesting full.
If it is a pile of dirt, it must be laid upon.
If it is a stroller, it must under no circumstances be ridden in without protest; I must push it instead.
If it has a flat surface, it must be banged upon.
If Mommy’s hands are full, I must be carried.
If Mommy is in a hurry and wants to carry me, I must walk alone.
If it is paper, it must be torn.
If it has buttons, they must be pressed.
If the volume is low, it must go high.
If it is toilet paper, it must be unrolled on the floor.
If it is a drawer, it must be pulled open.
If it is a toothbrush, it must be inserted into my mouth.
If it has a faucet, it must be turned on at full force.
If it is a phone, I must talk to it.
If it is a bug, it must be swallowed.
If it doesn’t sty on my spoon, it must be dropped on the floor.
If it is not food, it must be tasted.
If it IS food, it must not be tasted.
If it is dry, it must be made wet with drool, milk, or toilet water.
If it is a car-seat, it must be protested with arched back.
If it is Mommy or Daddy, (s)he must be hugged.
I AM A TODDLER!