Kate’s Corner
Jun 14 2016

  The Toddler’s Creed

Did you know that Toddlers have a creed all their own?  Hard to believe that there is a Dogma, a Doctrine, a Credo just for these little ones – but it’s true.  And if you are the parent of a toddler, a teacher of toddlers or have had toddlers in your home and family, you will find truth and beauty in this Creed.  And if you have a baby on their way to being a toddler – get ready! J

An often requested column…

The Toddler’s Creed

“If I want it, it’s mine.                                                                                                                                                 

If I give it to you & I change my mind later, it’s mine.                                                                                    

If I can take it away from you, it’s mine.                                                                                                               

If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.                                                                                                                       

If it’s mine, it will never belong to anybody else, no matter what.                                                                   

If we are building something together, all the pieces are mine.                                                                  

If it looks like mine, it is mine.”   Anon

No truer words spoken.       

The Toddler’s Creed is a long standing “poem” used in working with toddler teachers. It is also a resource given to parents once their beautiful, bouncing baby learns to toddle and walk, starts to see the world in a whole new way and discovers they have the incredible power to grab and hold on to whatever they see and want!

Toddlerhood is the “Me!” stage – the “I want!” stage – the “I can!” stage and it is highlighted by the toddler mantra: “NO!” — This is healthy development!!

If you have lived through the toddler stage at your home and both you and your toddler have come out of it as stronger individuals – congratulations!  If you are in it now – smile and put away the china.  If you have a lovely little bundle still in a crib and buggy – get ready.  Toddler Time is right around the corner.   Hurray!

I love toddlers!  They are smart, funny and full of living.  Research tells us that at no other time will we grow so quickly, will our brains develop the detailed wiring that is needed in every aspect of life, and will our sense of self be established.  At no other time do we truly understand the full power of communication as from birth to 3 years old.  Those totally dependent infants now run, talk, take your hand, want a book read, choose corn over beans, look for friends, float boats in the tub and literally grow before our eyes.  They are astonishing!

So…

When toddlers are egocentric — be patient.

When toddlers want to dress themselves — give them time.

When toddlers are curious and want everything they see — be sure it is safe.

When toddlers are running all over the place — run with them.

When toddlers are defiant — don’t take it personally.

And when toddlers want only you — hold on to them and enjoy each moment!