Things I’ve learned from raising a child.

The Why’s. 

Me: Eat your breakfast, honey.

My son: Why?

Because you’ll need lots of energy for school today.

Why?

Because you’ll be playing with your friends and running around.

Why?

Because you like them.

Why?

Because they are nice to you.

Why?

Because that’s what their mommy’s taught them.

Why?

Because it’s the right thing to do.

Why?

Why?

Why?

Why?

(eventually)…

My son: Oh. Otay.

Moral of the story: Eventually, you will get to “Oh, otay.” and the conversation will end. Be patient.

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When asked what color something is, all things are purple. Except, that is, anything that actually is purple.

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When feeding your child oatmeal, pay attention to when a sneeze is about to happen. Awesome explosive spray of oatmeal all over the table.

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Even if you’ve never use it in the right context at home, the word “MINE!” will enter your toddler’s vocabulary. For us, it happened at one year, ten months and 19 days into our child’s life.

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The cutest thing you’ll ever see in your whole life is your toddler doing the hand motions to If you’re happy and you know it.

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Food belongs on the head.

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Don’t try to impress your toddler with your cooking skills. When given the choice between Chicken Saltimbocca and peanut butter and jelly, guess which one he’ll choose?

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NOTE TO SELF: When feeding an 18-month-old at the mall, opt against the asian restaurant in the food court. Rice is not your friend.

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Always celebrate every accomplishment no matter how small someone else thinks it might be. My baby woke up early today so I brought him into bed with me and my husband. Naturally, he wasn’t up for laying there quietly while we slept. So he started crawling around and eventually found himself at the edge of the bed. Slowly he inched his little body further off the bed until he eventually scooted all the way off and landed safely on the floor on his feet. I was watching this with one eye open but was too tired to respond. As he landed on the floor, he enthusiastically turned around with the biggest smile on his face as started clapping at his Big Boy Feat. I swore right then and there that I would never not make a big deal out of him getting off the bed by himself (or any other amazing act of courage) again.

Comments
  1. paul says:

    How about “Listen to them. If you do, then they will listen to you.” I have to keep reminding myslef of this…

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