Toddler Logic – Whatever You Do, Don’t Touch His Nose

Mummy and toddler Friday. The fifth day of the week. To me, that was the fifth day of endless whinging, tugging at my pyjama top with such force that my boob popped out, body-stiffening-head-thrown-back-tantrum-having and food throwing. I am of course talking about my toddler, who this week has been IMPOSSIBLE to please.

His objections have included, but are not limited to;

  • Reaching the third verse – or my third verse of, ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’ (does anyone sing that song in the same order?!). Anyway, apparently touching your nose is NOT something you do if you’re happy and you know it. It’s something you do if you’re utterly grumpy and want to cry hysterically.
  • Throwing himself on the floor in Ernest Jones because I wouldn’t let him run out of the shop. For once I was thankful I wasn’t in there to pick myself a 2 carat diamond because I don’t imagine that selecting expensive finger-ware would have the same effect to the soundtrack of screaming.
  • Because when we went for a walk, he didn’t want to walk. I picked him up, he didn’t want to be carried. I put him down, he didn’t want to walk. I picked him up, and he didn’t want to be carried. So I put him in the car and he wasn’t all that happy about that either.

I’m all about picking your battles in parenting because I feel if I oppose everything that’s mildly irritating I’d never be able to follow through with everything and so how is he to know when no really means no? In other words, I want my child to take me seriously. Which evidently he doesn’t as when I tell him not to do something, even in my most stern tone (must work on that) he laughs in my face and goes right back to doing said thing anyway and the whole cycle is repeated. What does one do in that situation?!  Answers on a postcard.

I really am confused in this area. My pre-parent self – who I know think was a total kn*b – always wondered how people were so lacks in the discipline department that they ended up on Supernanny. Now I fear that it all started with their thirteen-month-old laughing at them when they were told not to climb on the fireplace. What actually do I do?!

Thankfully after a testing week where ‘FFS’ was said in my head, or under my breath (and I NEVER drop the F-bomb) countless times, he’s been a dream this weekend. His usual happy, funny self AND he seemed to understand that he’s not allowed to walk in the street without holding my hand. Definite progress.  And so hopefully last week was a phase? TELL ME IT WAS A PHASE?! I’m sure the experienced parents among you are also going to tell me that there will soon be a similar phase and so I don’t mind if you lie to me, or alternatively share a funny story? Lets make light of toddler-logic together.


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  1. March 13, 2017 / 6:19 am

    I am dreading this with Poppy. Even at 12 months she has a temper at times!! Hope you have a better week and thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

  2. March 13, 2017 / 8:03 am

    I feel your pain! Though Archie didn’t really start this until 2 but we couldn’t so anything right. 😂 It does get better, that’s until the threenager kicks in. 😂 Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  3. Jude Foster
    March 13, 2017 / 10:19 am

    It all comes right in the end , look at Henry’s uncle Jack lol …..

  4. March 13, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    Oh toddlers are so hard to please! I wrote a similar post just before or after our little one turned two. She used to have tantrums and meltdowns for the most random reasons that made no sense at all. It passed so I think its just a phase that they all go through before they learn how to reason. Hang in there, it will get better 😉 Fab post, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

  5. March 14, 2017 / 7:40 am

    There is something in the water my girl is exactly the same at the moment and it is making me insane. There is just no pleasing some, seriously if the colour of the cup is wrong or your tone of voice isn’t to her pleasing. Arrrrrgh it’s impossible isn’t it!? #marvmondays

  6. March 14, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Oh the toddler stage! Some of my best & worst parenting memories are from when my eldest son was a toddler! My daughter is now three and is a total threenager lol! I cannot believe that in jus a few short months I’ll be entering the toddler phase again. I must be crazy! #MarvMondays

  7. March 15, 2017 / 6:37 am

    Peachy likes to laugh at me to when I try to discipline her too. I’m sort of relieved that she’s not the only little person to do that. #MarvMondays

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