Toddlers have a unique and often humorous way of describing certain things. So this post introduces a new feature to this website I am calling Toddler Terminology. Occasionally, I will post a column on Toddler Terminology that identifies some of the interesting and funny terms I hear the toddlers say.
In this post I want to share some terms the toddlers use related to bedtime.
Bedtime (or naptime) is a big deal for toddlers because it requires them to cease talking and/or moving. Although toddlers need lots of sleep, they do everything they can to avoid it!
The following terms will give you a little indication of what the bedtime routine is like around our house.
Raising toddlers can certainly make you believe in original sin.
There’s no way they could have learned all that bad behavior from me!
Let me rephrase that last statement: There’s no way they could have learned all that bad behavior from me in the short span of their lives thus far!
They fight with each other so much I feel like a referee. No, I feel more like judge, jury, and prosecuting attorney, trying to figure out who did what to whom and why and then mete out justice.
Sometimes I don’t see what happens, so I have to look for evidence. Most often that evidence is in the form of teethmarks, red handprints, or scratches.
Kaleb is bigger and can handle himself fine in hand-to-hand combat. In fact, with his superior strength he can easily subdue Kenzie. So Kenzie has to resort to guerrilla tactics. She swoops in from out of nowhere and inflicts a bite, pinch, push, or kick so quickly that Kaleb can only respond with wails and tears.
But toddlers don’t carry a grudge. And so one minute they’re fighting and the next minute they’re loving on each other.
Sometimes I wish grown-ups could be more like toddlers!
My mother always said I take things too seriously. So did my wife.
So I get it. I’m a serious guy.
But life is serious business. And you don’t want to screw it up. Everyone should understand that–even if you’re a toddler.
But toddlers are NOT SERIOUS. In fact, with toddlers, life is a game, life is play, life is all about having fun.
Don’t they realize that they could grow up and become uncivilized barbarians, brutes, heathens, if they don’t take things more seriously? They can’t continue to be so carefree and have any hope of ever becoming productive members of society!
So, let me tell you what happened last Saturday and I think you’ll begin to understand my concern…
No more rules!!
I seem to be daily developing new rules for good behavior in our household. You might even think I have too many rules.
Though there may be countless rules, the toddlers have no problem continuously reciting my rules.
But just because they can quote the rules doesn’t necessarily mean they OBEY the rules!
And when they quote a rule, they state it in the interrogative form, not the imperative (that is, as a question, not a command).
This is the first post of my new blog, Poppy’s New Adventure. For this first post I thought I would start describing some of the rules I have established for this new adventure and let you know how they are working out.
You see, I like things organized and so it’s helpful to have rules so we all know what to do and how to do it. And, of course, having rules helps things run smoothly around our home, right?
While my rules are certainly no “Ten Commandments,” they are intended to help maintain some semblance of good behavior and help me maintain order and control in our home.
After all, I’m the grown-up, so shouldn’t I be in control?