Releasing Your Inner Toddler

Toddlers are smart.

They can bring a top negotiator to their knees with stubborn persistence alone. They can hold adults hostage merely by refusing to pee on the potty. They can bring a grown woman to tears by simply insisting that their socks feel “funny”.

Recently I decided to test some of their better known tactics out for myself. After all, despite repeated redirection, our toddler keeps trying. There must be some sort of payoff.

Our Little regularly flops to the floor in a sad heap if he’s been told not to dip his cheese in his juice cup. When he insists he can put his boot on himself and you comply by backing off, he’ll toss himself to the ground because you listened to him.

What if grown-ups handled their frustration that way?

My internet connection went down before I could update my status.
My internet connection went down before I could update my status.
No one folded the laundry for me.
No one folded the laundry for me.
Someone forgot to flush the toilet. Again.
Someone forgot to flush the toilet. Again.
He would't stop playing with the light switch.
He wouldn’t stop playing with the light switch.
4YO left the bathroom light on.
4YO left the bathroom light on.
My coffee cooled off before I could finish it.
My coffee cooled off before I could finish it.

Our toddler has many super powers – check out his other tactics here.

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Your turn – what frustrates you most? Have you tried the toddler approach yet? It doesn’t solve anything, but surprisingly does make you feel better.