I don’t know if you have children of your own, but if you are reading this, I think you will be amused by the things that my budding comedian/two-year-old has to say on a daily basis. The best part about many of these quotes or anecdotes is that they are all pretty recent, which means our days are jam-packed with hilariousness and funny quotes by our toddler. We like to consider it part of our pay-off for putting up with the strains and stresses of toddler-hood. We also invested in a blank book to record such sayings and thank heavens we did because I always think that I will remember each quote forever, and rarely do I remember anything for more than one week! I recommend anyone with a toddler do the same and record these funny sayings and keep them forever! You will be grateful for the chance to record things that you might otherwise not remember for long. It will be awesome to look back on the funny things your toddler says, especially when the toddler ends up having children of his or her own and you can share these little gems with your grown-up version of your toddler!
We love singing songs and there aren’t too many things that are cuter than a toddler singing cute toddler songs. The only thing that is better is when a toddler mixes up the lyrics of a song! For instance, we are big fans of our “Jack-in-the-Box” and we like to sing “Pop Goes the Weasel.” However, our toddler likes to mix it up and sing what he hears it to be, which is “Hot Bowl of Weasels.” I love it.
It’s a well-known fact that mommies have their moments of frustration. During one of my recent ones, my son turns to my husband and says, “What’s the deal with mommy?” Good question.
Our wonderful parents often baby-sit for us, which allows us the occasional date-night or doctor’s appointment. One time not too long ago my dad was here baby-sitting, after I came home to relieve him, naturally he packed up his things and waved good-bye. This is always a dramatic time for toddlers, as they tend to hate good-byes. So my son -who had interrupted his lunch for the parting – was at the front door waving frantically and shouting “Good-bye, Pop Pop” at top volume and with gusto. This went on for Pop-Pop’s walk to the car, getting in the car and shutting the door. When Pop Pop finally pulled away, my son turns and says, “Well, back to my yogurt.” And just like that, life goes on.
Another favorite moment here, was, when focusing on social etiquette, my toddler, um, passed gas. I heard it, and said, “Oh, Buddy*, did you toot?” Buddy* answers proudly, “I DID TOOT!” To which I respond, “Well, what do you say when you toot?” and he responds, “I say…’I need my DIAPER changed!’ ” Yikes!
One of our main discipline strategies has been the use and regular enforcement of Time Out. Our little toddler, thankfully, is not a fan of Time Out and recently had been in time out a few times within a few minutes. After a subsequent offense, when we told him that time out was once again his destiny, he proclaims: “OH NO NOT AGAIN!!!!” Oh the DRAMA!
I hope your interactions with toddlers provide you the same comic relief that we often encounter. If so, write them down!
*Names were changed to protect the innocent!