10 Unwritten Rules for Toddlers

As my son has been becoming more independent, I have noticed certain patterns with his behavior. I am determined that these are rules all toddlers know that are a mystery to parents. Below is my list of the top 10 toddler rules that sum up my son’s behavior.

  1. You must constantly ask for snacks, toys you dropped, or to get out of the carseat for the entire car trip.
  2. You must fall asleep in your carseat exactly two minutes before you arrive at your destination.
  3. You must choose only one food that you are willing to eat everyday for every meal and refuse all other foods given to you.
  4. You must save all your tantrums for when you are with your parents and display your good behavior for when you are with others.
  5. Food is not only a source of nourishment, but also a source of entertainment. Make sure at least half of your dinner is on your clothes before telling Mommy and Daddy that you are done with dinner.
  6. How to avoid being picked up and taken somewhere you don’t want to go – When one parent picks you up, cry for the other parent to hold you. When the first parent puts you down, refuse to let the other parent pick you up by lying down flat on the floor.
  7. In the car, you must close the lid on your cup and incessantly ask your mommy (who is driving) to open it. Once she has a chance to reach back and open it for you, you need to immediately close it and begin the questioning again.
  8. You must insist on walking inside stores instead of sitting in the cart. Run towards the breakable items first.
  9. You must play games that make Mommy and Daddy very nervous like making yourself fall down or seeing how much food you can stuff into your mouth.
  10. You are the center of the universe. If you don’t get your way you must throw a tantrum.

I’m sure there are several that I have forgotten, but for the most part this is a typical day with my toddler.



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