I volunteered in my church’s nursery this summer and was placed in the toddler room.
Those not-quite preschoolers who kicked babyhood’s butt and conquered learning to walk and feed themselves.
As I worked with the toddlers–and reminisced about when my own kids were that young–I noticed several common behaviors. I realized that these toddler behaviors were ones that I would like to exhibit myself, polite society be damned!
Indeed, here are the toddler behaviors that I would like to exhibit:
Saying no. No, I don’t want to work for a living. No, I don’t want to sign the reading log for the third grade. No, I don’t want to clean up the cat barf. Oh, it would be so lovely to say no!
Taking a nap. Duh.
Eating with my hands. Who needs table manners and utensils anyway? Just shove the good stuff in your pie-hole.
Not sharing. It is developmentally appropriate for toddlers to engage in parallel play and scream their heads off if they have to share toys. Likewise, I wished it was developmentally appropriate for me to eat my own dessert and scream my head off if anyone tried to share it.
Blank stare. Have you ever conversed with a toddler and they just stare at you? You wonder if any synapses are firing? I think it would be blissful to give the blank stare when my kids were demanding things, like lunch.
Supple moves like a ninja. Watch a toddler move. They are bendy, flexible, amazing little creatures. I’d love to be that supple, especially in my yoga class when my knees creak doing a simple forward bend.
Infectious joy and giggling. Oh to enjoy life like a toddler. Look a bug! Woo hoo! Look, that person is silly! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ah, yes, it would be so grand to live life like a toddler. Especially a potty trained toddler because then someone wouldn’t have to change my diaper. What toddler behavior would you like to exhibit?