10 Ways Toddlers Are Like Puppies

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The other day I was having brunch with a friend who remarked that she thought having a toddler was just like having a pet. I was mortified because I didn't agree with her for so many reasons.

I could go into them here but that would be totally long and incredibly boring. You wouldn't even have time to read it because your kid is probably scratching at the door for a pee right now.

Instead, I thought it would be much more entertaining if I had a sense of humor about the whole thing. So here I present to you 10 ways that toddlers are like puppies.


1. Toddlers, like puppies, can be restrained with leashes -- if you're into that kind of thing. (For the record, I'm not.)

2. Reward 'em with a doggie treat and you can get a kid to do pretty much anything you want.

3. Some toddlers like to chew on things, rip books, and play with their mom's shoes. (Don't worry, sweetie, I'm not mentioning any names.)

4. Tots run to the door tripping over themselves, often drooling with excitement, when mommy or daddy gets home (okay, so daddy is the favorite in my house). Upon arrival the toddler will then tackle and jump all over said favorite parent, wagging her tail. Some really faithful kids even sit by the door waiting all day.

5. Kids whimper and howl when they're upset about something, and sometimes they bark yell really loud -- as if on cue -- at exactly the moment you're walking by the crotchety, kid-hating neighbor's house.

6. Sometimes they bite other kids.

7. When you take a toddler puppy on an airplane with you, all the other passengers suddenly become very religious: Please, God, please don't let them sit next to me. (At least with pets they can claim to be allergic.)

8. You can bring your child to a nice little enclosed dog run tot park and let them run around in circles with the other kids, while you sit on a bench sipping an ice coffee and chatting on your cell phone.

9. When you have a toddler, poop (in places other than the toilet) can become a big part of your life, and so, sometimes, can cleaning up pee off the floor. (Sorry, moms of babies, your poop-filled days have only just begun. Two words: potty training.)

10. Toddlers are cuddly and adorable, and we love them more than we ever thought was possible.

Can you add to the list?

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