Most toddlers start to say their first words by the time they’re 14 months old. But while speech is the single most powerful way for small children to interact, it’s a long road from those first few babbles to verbal communication. Consequently, parents still have their work cut out as they try to figure out what their toddler is trying to say. With this in mind we thought it might be fun to put together a list of things your toddler wants you to know, but can’t yet say. If nothing else, we hope it gives you a giggle.
Things your toddler wants you to know #1: I know where your phone is
And the remote. And your purse. Don’t worry though because you look so funny while you’re tearing up the house looking for them.
Things your toddler wants you to know #2: I love feeding myself
The best part is when I get to drop it on the floor and see the shape it makes. Oh, and I also like massaging it into my hair.
Things your toddler wants you to know #3: I hate the car seat
And I’m not going down (or in) without a fight. Every time you try to put me in it I will go stiff as a board and let out a blood-curdling scream.
Things your toddler wants you to know #4: Don’t tell me not to cry
I have a hard time articulating my feelings. Heck, so do most adults. I might be sad, scared, or maybe just annoyed that you turned off my cartoon, but either way I’m expressing my emotions, which can only be healthy, right?
Things your toddler wants you to know #5: I want to dress myself
Yes, that does mean I want to put on two left shoes and wear my trousers as a hat. What of it?
Things your toddler wants you to know #6: I’m learning more and more every day
Like how many high-pitched screams it takes before you let me watch Dora The Explora during suppertime.
Things your toddler wants you to know #7: I’m a very energetic soul
So if you want to change my nappy you’re going to need a tranquilizer dart and a very good aim.
Things your toddler wants you to know #8: “Don’t touch this”
About that… when you tell me not to touch something, you’re basically setting up a magnetic force between said object and me. Instead, I suggest out of sight out of mind. Especially if it’s your brand new iPhone.
Things your toddler wants you to know #9: I changed my mind
Yes I said I wanted pasta, but now that it’s here in front of me I rather fancy sandwiches. I changed my mind. I really don’t see what the problem is.
Things your toddler wants you to know #10: I don’t like sharing
You keep pushing this one on me, but I’m really not buying into the idea of sharing my toys with other children. Deal with it.