Toddlers aren’t circus animals, of course. If you train a toddler properly, they’ll perform so much better than circus animals.
Highly trained toddlers will perform on demand, which is key when visiting with grandparents and generally trying to show off their awesomeness to the world.
But you need to know how to do it. It’s not difficult, but it is specific.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting toddlers to perform on cue:
Smiles Everybody, Smiles 1 of 9Getting a toddler to smile and perform tricks at the moment you want them to can be tricky.
They almost always have other plans.
I See You! 2 of 9After all, peek-a-boo is a game you have to be in the mood for.
MmmmmmmWAH 3 of 9Blowing kisses must be done with feeling.
Sooooo Big! 4 of 9Getting them to show you how big they are? It almost never happens when you ask.
Sooooo Gentle 5 of 9Demonstrating a calm and gentle demeanor? Good luck getting them to do it on cue.
If You’re Happy and You Know It . . . 6 of 9Be a generally happy, smiley baby? It can happen. On command. It's easy. Here's what you need to do:
The Secret Weapon 7 of 9Bake a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
Ready, Aim, Eat 8 of 9Let them eat a cookie.
And That’s How It’s Done 9 of 9Sit back and watch the giddiness ensue.
Photo credits: Meredith Carroll
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