I regularly date my children, which is to say I go out socially with them in public with the sole intent of spending time with them. The dating I refer to is not to be confused with courting, charming or wooing — the dating I refer to is lady dating. Girl stuffs. Shopping. Treats with whipped cream. Boy talk. (Now, Cody dates his girls too, but they involve far less shopping and boy talk.) So let’s say you wanted to take Vivi out, socially. You thought it might be fun to hang out with a toddler for the day, and I don’t blame you! Having a toddler around can be loads of fun, assuming you know the rules.
Every toddler will be set off by different things, the key is to knowing what those different things are so you can either avoid or placate them before they go DEFCON 1 right before your very eyes in the checkout aisle at Target. While I can’t promise you that knowing the following rules for dating Vivi will prevent all meltdowns, I can at least say, “I told you so,” in complete confidence when and if you break one of the rules and send Vivi into toddler fits of rage. Inspired by this dad’s tips for dating his 3-year-old I recently read on Huffington Post, I’ve compiled my own list of rules for dating my toddler.
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