Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Problem with Toddlers

The problem with toddlers is that they think in the here, the now, the this very second.  They have no concept of long term consequences or goals.  One might argue that this is not unlike many young adults, but that's a post for another day.

Toddlers think only of what they want this very second.

For example, at this very second, Isaiah wanted to be happily walking off into the sunset down Highway 49 instead of back up the driveway to my parents' house.  He had no concept of the danger of the road with no sidewalk or the fact that it was almost supper time or that he was being attacked by swarms of mosquitos.  Nope.  I had to drag that kid by the hand until he finally wiggled free, stood there, and did this.  Like I do many of the times he is in the depths of a tantrum, I warned him I would take his photo. 

And I follow through on my threats promises.

The problem with toddlers is that they have no fear.  They will go anywhere, touch anything, jump off anything they can get on top of, but for some unknown reason they still won't try to eat a vegetable!!  I'm getting off topic again, sorry.

This lack of fear leads to bumps, bruises, cuts, scrapes, and the occasional burned palm. 

It also, as I have found, may lead to a bit of a tendency to claim "I hurt!!" at every single little incident.  Is he too young for me to be saying "Suck it up and rub some dirt on it!" every five seconds?

The biggest and most difficult problem with toddlers is that they're just so stinking's hard to stay mad at 'em.  Even when you want to just throw 'em out the window.  It never fails that at the crucial moment, they stop and look you dead in the eyes, caress your cheek ever so slightly and whisper....

"Mommy look.....booger."

Then you wipe your cheek with your sleeve and hug the little stinker because when it comes down to it, toddlers are actually pretty amazing.

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