He’s going to be a lawyer, isn’t he?

When dealing with a toddler it can sometimes be difficult to know if they are doing the exact opposite of what you asked them because they don’t understand you or because they are tiny jerks.

During bedtime tonight Declan brought along a plastic egg and a plastic piece of corn on the cob. Sammy invented a game with some rather simplistic rules:

  1. Take the plastic egg and corn on the cob
  2. Throw them under your crib.
  3. Ask your father to retrieve them.
  4. Throw them under the crib again.
  5. Ask your father to retrieve them.

And so on.

After the 6th or 7th round I was tired of this game and it was clear, judging by his giggles, Sammy was just getting started. I settled him down, looked into his eyes, and said, “If you roll this egg under your crib one more time you’re going to get a time out. Do you understand?” Sammy looked at me and it was hard to tell if he understood me.

What he did next made it clear.

He threw the egg behind the couch and laughed like a madman.

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