Aug 22, 2009

Toddler Rules

We have recently given Sara Madalin a little more freedom to roam the house, rather than being confined to just the living room (or whichever room we happen to be working in at the time). We let her walk on her own more too. It means we chase her a lot, but it's her house too. We think that by letting her roam and explore a little, she'll get used to her surroundings and it'll become familiar to her more quickly. Then she won't feel the need to roam quite as much. (Yeah, we're delusional.)

Last night, we let her walk to the garage as we were leaving to go eat dinner. As she was walking to the door leading to the garage, she was distracted by the stairs that lead up to the bonus room and office area. And as I've mentioned before, if it something she hasn't done before, she MUST do it. So, she decided she had to climb the stairs to check things out. She was half way up the stairs before I could get the camera out to take pictures.

I mentioned a few posts back that I had read something called "Toddler Rules." I went back to the blog I'd originally read it on and copied it here. Mrs. Gail will agree with me - THIS is our life right now. I added a few of my own comments beside a few of them.

If I like it, it's mine.
If it's in my hand, it's mine.
If I can take it from you, it's mine.
If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
If it's mine, it must NEVER appear to be yours in anyway.
If I'm doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
If it looks just like mine, it is mine.
If I saw it first, it's mine.
If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
If it's broken, it's yours.
If it is on, I must turn it off.
If it is off, I must turn it on.
If it is folded, I must unfold it. (And use it to wipe the floor of the room I'm in.)
If it is a liquid, it must be shaken, then spilled. (All over the back seat and floor of Mommy's car)
If it is a solid, it must be crumbled, chewed or smeared.
If it is high, it must be reached.
If it is shelved, it must be unshelved.
If it is pointed, it must be run with at top speed.
If it has leaves, they must be picked.
If it is plugged, it must be unplugged.
If it is not trash, it must be thrown away.
If it is in the trash, it must be removed, inspected, and thrown on the floor.
If it is closed, it must be opened.
If it does not open, it must be screamed at.
If it has drawers, they must be rifled.
If it is a pencil, it must write on the refrigerator, monitor, or table.
If it is full, it will be more interesting emptied.
If it is empty, it will be more interesting full.
If it is a pile of dirt, it must be laid upon. (or eaten)
If it is stroller, it must under no circumstances be ridden in without protest. It must be pushed by me instead.
If it has a flat surface, it must be banged upon.
If Mommy's hands are full, I must be carried.
If Mommy is in a hurry and wants to carry me, I must walk alone.
If it is paper, it must be torn.
If it has buttons, they must be pressed.
If the volume is low, it must go high.
If it is toilet paper, it must be unrolled on the floor.
If it is a drawer, it must be pulled upon.
If it is a toothbrush, it must be inserted into my mouth. (Or I Scream)
If it has a faucet, it must be turned on at full force.
If it is a phone, I must talk to it.
If it is a bug, it must be swallowed.
If it doesn't stay on my spoon, it must be dropped on the floor. (Taco's favorite)
If it is not food, it must be tasted.
If it IS food, it must not be tasted.
If it is dry, it must be made wet with drool, milk, or toilet water.
If it is a car seat, it must be protested with arched back. (usually when there is a parking lot full of people around)

and, my favorite...
If it is Mommy, it must be hugged. (usually at 4:30 in the morning, as I've found the last few days)

I originally read this post here.

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Ashlee McCrary said...

I LOVE that toddler rules! so true!

Courtney said...

The picture is great. I love the toddler rules!

K Storm said...

Love those rules!!