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It's our job as parents to show them the ways of the world so they know how to navigate it growing up -- but have you ever wondered what goes through a toddler's brain when they see adults doing something that doesn't quite add up with lessons we've taught them?

You know ... like when we do something we've specifically instructed them not to do -- and they look at us all confused and hurt like we're total hypocrites.

How the heck are they supposed to learn right from wrong when their own mom and dad can't seem to follow the rules?

Here are seven things all parents do that make our poor toddlers scratch their heads and wonder what in the heck is going on.

  1. Play unfairly -- I'm sure this scenario will sound somewhat familiar: You're having drinks with your adult friends while playing a game of dominoes -- and your 3-year-old keeps coming up and grabbing them only to hear, "You can't play, honey. You're not in the game." Imagine his surprise when he gets scolded for leaving his sister out the next time he wants to play something.
  2. Fail to share -- You know that mug of "special" coffee with whipped cream on top that looks like a nice cup of hot cocoa? When you tell him he can't have any, he thinks you're an asshole.
  3. Play on the iPad or iPhone -- If he can't have it during dinner, how come you can? It's so unfair. You're guaranteed to piss off your toddler every time you reach for it.
  4. Take a roast out of the oven -- How many times have you told him not to go anywhere near that thing? And then he sees you go and stick your hands in there even though it's H-O-T! You must be a real moron.
  5. Spill water on the floor -- Every time he knocks his drink over, you freak out. But then you go and get a big bucket full of water, dump it on the floor, and swish it around with a mop, making an even bigger mess. What gives?
  6. Cry when we're having a bad day -- If he can't have a temper tantrum over the fact that he'd rather wear a red shirt than a blue one -- why are you allowed to sob about the craptastic day you had at work? Get it together, already.
  7. Talk to strangers -- You tell him time and time again he's not to speak to anyone he doesn't know. And then you go and chat up the cashier at the grocery store you've never seen before like you've known her for years and confuse the hell out of him once again.

What kinds of things leave your toddler with a very confused look?

 

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