As I’ve mentioned before, dealing with a toddler is often like trying to handle a drunk frat boy on acid.
Nothing makes sense. To you or them.
Why are you stuck in that cupboard?
I don’t know.
How come you’re eating the dirt?
I don’t know.
Why did you smear poop on the wall?
It’s pretty? (At least it’s an answer)
But that’s just the frat boys; toddlers can do some crazy stuff too.
That’s why it can be hard to know what to say or what not to say on a minute to minute basis, and that’s when you’re really trying to do a great parenting job. Often, you’re in the middle of paying bills or making dinner or a million other things and your kid is in your way, trying to keep you from doing what needs doing as aggressively as any NBA player blocking an opponent from making a basket. But, as any parent of a toddler knows, there is way more fouling in parenting than on the court.
You know what happens next, right? You blow up like
Ron Artest Metta World Peace on the hardwoods and say something you don’t really mean. Or you really mean it but don’t want your kid to know that. Something like “Leave me alone! Go away!”
I’m guilty of that and a couple other things and maybe you are too? Read on for some of the most common verbal mistakes moms and dads make when dealing with their toddlers, and some tips on what to say instead.
For more things you shouldn’t say to your child jump on over to CNN.com.
You can also find Monica on her personal blog, The Girl Who.