Archive for February, 2010


February 14, 2010 3:06 pm

On the way to swimming on Friday night, Jace asked us where the squirrels were.

Not being a squirrel expert, I decided the a safe enough answer would simply be “in their homes”.

“Where do squirrel’s live Mommy?”

Well, now you got me kiddo. I really don’t know where squirrels live but something in the back of my mind suggested that they live in some kind of nest so I threw that answer out.

“Like birds, Mommy?”.

“Yes, like birds but squirrel nests have a roof”. (Should you be faced with this question in the future, you might like to know that my memory was actually correct! Squirrels live in nests called dreys.)

“Do they have kitchens, Mommy?”

At this point I am trying very hard not to laugh as he was so serious when asking the question! Ah, the imagination of youngsters…

Toddler Phrases and Phases

2:52 pm

It started out with no. “Jace do you want a snack?” “No Mommy, no”. No was the answer to everything, even if he clearly wanted it. Then we moved onto “what’s that mommy” which was kinda cool as Jace was trying to identify the things around him. Plus there is an answer to that question and it left us all feeling satisfied. Next we entered the “why” phase. “Why” is in interesting concept and is fairly simple to answer the first few times but when every answer you give gets responded to by another “why”, it gets rather frustrating and harder and harder to find an appropriate answer. Luckily April (our daycare provider) gave us a useful trick on how to deal with the why’s. Once Jace started to get into a repetitive loop, we started to ask the question back to him. “I don’t know why the truck is blue. Why do you think that it is blue?” He was pretty good natured about this line of questioning and came up with some very creative and interesting answers. We have officially moved out the of why phase (luckily for us, this was a fairly short phase compared to many toddlers) but have moved into something much worse! The dreaded “I can’t”, which is usually followed by “you do it mommy/daddy” in a very demanding tone. Most toddlers around this age are trying to show their independence and insist on doing everything themselves, even if it takes them 20 minutes to put on their shoes. Not our son. He is totally capable of putting on his shoes by himself but outright refuses. “I can’t put my shoes on”, “I can’t pick up my toys”, “I can’t” “I can’t” “I can’t”. We try to be patient and suggest that he tries and if he needs help we will assist but really, you can’t make him try to do something. Shoes need to go on in order to leave the house so at times we feel like we are slaves to our 2 year old. Hopefully he will outgrow this phase and phrase soon, but I wonder what is next in the pipeline!

(C) Steve and Heather Leibman, 2007.