10 Sneaky Ways Toddlers Prove They're So Much Smarter Than Us

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Never underestimate toddlers. They're small, but their little brains are working overtime to outsmart us at every turn. And sometimes -- okay, maybe way more times than we'd like to admit -- they succeed.

Here's how these tiny tots prove we're just pawns in their game.

  • They're escape artists.

    "Oh, so you think you can trap me?"

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  • They look so innocent when they're so guilty.

    "'Who scribbled on the wall with a permanent marker?' No idea."

  • They've got delay tactics down pat.

    "I refuse to go to sleep until you read me another book. And another. And another. And..."

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  • They know the importance of teamwork.

    "Hey, I've got a plan..."

  • They've mastered the grab and dash.

    "Ooo, something I'm not supposed to have! Gotta go."

    No way anyone is going to catch that kid.

  • They exert their independence at exactly the right moments.

    "I'll do it myself!"

  • They don't take crap from anyone.

    "This is my personal space!"

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  • They know how to go undetected.

    "Nothing to see here..."

  • They've got mad social skills.

    "You get a wave. And you get a wave. And you! Get! A wave...!"

  • They know how to play to a room.

    "Here's the sweetest hug in the world! Because I wanted that awesome toy on the table next to you. Bye!"