One Toddler to Rule Them All… | Teeny Manolo

One Toddler to Rule Them All…

By Glinda

One of the joys of dealing wth a toddler is setting boundaries.

Except it’s hard to set boundaries when the person you are attempting to set them with has a limited understanding of English, an insatiable curiosity, and a penchant for ignoring you completely.  But in the cutest way possible, of course.

When we first moved into this house, I adored the open floorplan.  The space!

Now, I curse the open floorplan with every fiber of my being as I would be spending thousands of dollars on baby gates to keep my toddler out of places she shouldn’t be. So instead I chase after her as she makes a circuit of the rooms, hitting every spot of vulnerability with alarming accuracy.  The two kitchen drawers that can’t be latched? Check.  The fireplace? Check.  The cord of the little vacuum I keep in the kitchen? Check.  Around and around we go, always with me trying to block her before she gets there, and redirecting if she does. 

But you know what?  She knows she shouldn’t be doing what she’s doing, limited speaking ability be damned. 

Except, I can’t prove it.

Hmphf.  A Balrog might be easier to deal with…

4 Responses to “One Toddler to Rule Them All…”

  1. marvel Says:

    Oh, no, you don’t need to prove it. She knows EXACTLY what she is doing and that she shouldn’t be doing it. Remember receptive language develops ahead of expressive language! She can understand you months before she can respond with words you can understand.

    Makes you wonder why playpens have gone out of style. They used to be bigger than the pack-n-plays available now. My little brother spent quite a lot of time playing in his playpen!

  2. Glinda Says:

    They do have some larger play yards, but they are hella expensive. My daughter HATES the pack n play.

  3. Awesome Mom Says:

    Yeah that is one thing about this house that I don’t hate. The smallness means there are several baby gateable points to keep a bust toddler out of trouble.

  4. Glinda Says:

    Yes, my old house had a great layout for baby gates, too. And it was smaller. I got the wrong house for the wrong kid, the Munchkin didn’t need it, and she does!

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