Toddlers may be young, but that doesn't mean they haven't learned how to fool us into getting exactly what they want! From the minute my little guy started talking, I quickly picked up on a few tricks he had for trying to persuade me into doing whatever it is he had in mind.
And while bigger kids are notorious for telling us all sorts of things with hidden meanings while heading back to school, toddlers can be just as clever in their efforts to fool us. Besides clinging to our legs to get out of going to preschool or day care, here are 10 other popular toddler phrases and their deciphered meanings for your reading pleasure.
1. "No, no, Mommy. I not tired."
I'm completely and utterly exhausted, but I'm terrified that I'll miss all of the fun that I know goes on after you put me to bed.
2. "Pleeeeeeaaasssssseeeee Mommmmmmy!?!"
If I keep saying this over and over again and drag out every syllable even further every time I say it, she'll totally cave. Winning.
3. (Incessant giggling and laughing while hiding from you in the corner.)
I really don't feel like pooping on the potty right now. Maybe if I stay over here behind the couch, she won't notice that I'm going in my pull-up.
4. "I want Daddy! No! I want Daddy!"
I absolutely hate whatever it is you're telling me to do, so I'm going to guilt you into thinking that Daddy is my favorite parent. But then I'll do the same thing to him when you aren't around.
5. "Mine! Mine! Mine!"
This sharing crap is for the birds.
6. "I wanna cookie, Mommy."
No matter how many times she tries to get me to eat my peas, it ain't going to happen. And if I keep asking for cookies and I'm real sweet about it, she'll forget about the peas and break out the chocolate chip goodness. I'm so cute, she just can't resist.
7. "No! I want Dora. DORRRRRAAAA!!"
There is no way in hell I'm letting you watch Ellen today. Give it up already, mom.
8. "Go outside! Outside! Outside!"
I'm sick and tired of being cooped up in this place. Don't you realize that kids need fresh air to keep us from driving you crazy?
9. "But it hurrrttsss, Mommy!"
Put the damn Band-Aid on and I swear I'll shut up.
10. "No help! I do it myself!"
For the love of Pete, lady -- give me some space!
What other funny things does your toddler say?
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