10 New Year’s Resolutions On Your Toddler’s ListNaomi Odes
Christmas is over. Onward and upward. Time to focus on New Year’s Resolutions (she says as she brushes the Meyer Lemon cookie dust off of her shirt).
If toddlers could make New Year’s Resolutions…and keep them, we’d all be in a lot of trouble. Most kids from 1-4 are pretty darned determined and you can bet they won’t slack like you will on that “Cut-out chocolate” resolution by say, January 4th.
Oh, I was talking about me, of course. I’m sure YOU will keep all of YOUR resolutions.
Meanwhile, if you could see the mental list your toddler was making of things he wanted to accomplish, or stick-to in 2012, it might look something like this:
Learn to jump. 1 of 10Jump up. Jump down. Jump off of stuff. Jump into stuff. Jumping is an important skill for toddlers.
Resist napping. 2 of 10This resolution is still in effect from last year.
Learn to escape crib. 3 of 10While I'm resisting napping I can practice my jumping skills by jumping out of my crib.
Get out of diapers. 4 of 10No, that does not mean 'USE TOILETS. Just get these things off, they are uncomfortable.
Add important phrases to my vocabulary. 5 of 10"I'm not tired." "No, that's mine." "But, I want it!"
Start all-white-food diet. 6 of 10Toddlers are not above dieting.
Perfect toy-throwing skill. 7 of 10That LEGO is about to fly.
Hone tantrum skills. 8 of 10
Grow tall enough to reach that cool knob on the stove. 9 of 10
Eat some of THAT. 10 of 10
Lollipops: Flickr/alicia pimental
The Word Is No: Flickr/nerissa’s ring
Screaming Kid: Flickr/Amy McTigue
So People Will Believe Us: Flickr/timsamoff
Hello Kitty Toilet: Flickr/the_toe_stubber
High Jump Champion: Flickr/efleming