Toddlers are magnificent.
My reasons may be clouded by the fact that I have never had one full-time. They are just trying out their limited knowledge and vocabulary, and using them both loudly and freely,generally to embarrass their parents. In public.
If you are a bystander, it’s hilarious. Here’s just a few examples…
When I worked in the library one evening, a mom I really liked came in with her two kids…a vocal toddler and a baby. As the mother set the baby on her hip, the talking child loudly proclaimed, “WE WOULD HAVE COME SOONER, BUT LILY HAD A BIG POOP THAT RAN OUT OF HER DIAPER AND ALL OVER MOMMY.”
During story hour one day, I was reading a book about animals, and asking the kids to name each one as I turned the pages. There was a picture of a squirrel. I asked what it was. Before anyone else could answer, a dainty little toddler in the back answered “TREE RAT.” When her red-faced mother quietly corrected her, she replied, “WELL, THAT’S WHAT DADDY CALLS THEM.”
One of my favorites happened at my house during a small party. The toddler, fresh from nursery school (where she picked up some new vocabulary), was presented by her mom with a dish of ice cream. She looked at it and said, “I’ts not enough,” Her mother assured her it was. And then, in a statement that made everyone in the room stop breathing for a moment, she said, “I SAID IT’S NOT ENOUGH….YOU STUPID IDIOT.” There was no ice cream for her. No more party, either. Her mother carried her, screaming, out of the house. By the way, the toddler is now 30.
My friend took her twin toddlers to the pediatrician to get a flu shot. Her attention distracted by the ring of her phone, she glanced up to find one of the twins licking the doorknob at the clinic! HE IS NOW 16.
As some toddlers do, my nephew was devoted to a phrase he knew would get a rise out of everybody. It was BIG BUTT. He was punished, corrected, denied things….nothing worked. But gradually, he began using the phrase a little less. One day, his daddy took him to the store, and he was sitting quietly in the cart, facing dad. The store was packed and the checkout lines long. Dad was finally able to find a line, and other carts stacked up behind them. Dad looked up, and saw to his horror that they were directly behind the cart of a woman with a huge posterior. Thinking to himself,”maybehewontturnaroundohgodpleasedontlethimturnaround,” his toddler did indeed turn around, saw the woman and invoked, “WHOA….BIG BUTT. ”
🤣 I REST MY CASE.