Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Why do toddlers only follow directions to taunt you?

My son has always had a fascination with toilet paper.  And, don't worry, I've gotten plenty of slack already for that time I taught my male child to wipe when he pees. That was ten months ago, though, and the toilet paper infatuation still runs strong.

So strong, in fact, that I've decided I should invent some kind of toddler-proof toilet paper roll holder because my son insists on unrolling the entire roll of toilet paper just for kicks and giggles. Often.

One day, I went to use my restroom.  It wasn't until too late that I realized that there was no toilet paper on the roll.  Thank you, child. "Oh wait!" I thought, "Surely I can get my toilet-paper-loving monster of a two-year-old to bring me some."

"Hey! Come here!" I shouted.  And waited.  "Come on! I need your help." And waited.  "I need some toilet paper." And there's the tiny pitter patter of little feet.

He came bounding into the bathroom. "Hey, mommy needs you to go into the other bathroom and get her some toilet paper," I instructed.  His eyes got wide with excitement as a grin spread across his face.  "Not the whole roll!! Only a little, okay?" I added.

He ran off and soon returned.  With this.


Proof that he does actually know how to follow directions. Quite well, really.  Just that he only chooses to when he wants to mock me.  Why is that?

19 comments:

  1. Being very, very specific is the only way to talk to a child.

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    1. You're telling me. Though, you never know quite how literally they're going to take your specifics.

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  2. Mocking you? No.

    He just wants to keep all the TP to himself.

    Drip dried, I suppose?

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    1. Lol, so true! He doesn't like to share...at least not with me.

      Drip drying is really the only way to go in that situation, isn't it?

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  3. Thanks for the laugh - along with the snorting coffee through my nose - this morning! Gotta love little guys!

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    1. They are funny, aren't they? Sorry about the coffee! :)

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  4. This post really made me laugh Lisa, your little boy is a seriously hilarious guy, even though I know you weren't that amused by what did, hopefully he grows out of the obsession sooner than later.

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    1. Seriously hilarious is exactly how I feel about him!

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  5. That's hysterical. Thanks for the laugh!

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  6. Priceless!! That boy is too smart.

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    1. Much too smart. I'm in trouble.

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  7. I assume when you went into the other bathroom later on you found he had actually unrolled the whole thing yet still only brought you that tiny bit?

    And I agree with A Daft Scots Lass, he was totally hoarding it for himself...like I do with potato chips.

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    1. Well, it wasn't quite the whole roll, but close. Haha.

      Mmm..potato chips.

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  8. One of those moments in life when all you can do is laugh.
    Enjoy the laugh while you can!

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    1. I definitely do - he cracks me up every day!

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