Yesterday the kiddos and I went to Target for two things, and of course left with an entire cart. Always happens. Anyway, my toddler is doing two new things lately: the first is that she’s a parrot and will randomly repeat phrases back to me and my husband that we’ve told her; and the second is that she has learned to call people out. Loudly. And she does both of these quite often.
So we were walking around the baby and toddler section (of course) and there was a sweet pair of toddler flats that I had to bend down to look at to see if they had her size. And so I did. Unfortunately, my sandal squeaked loudly against the floor as I was bending over. And this wouldn’t be a problem in and of itself, except that my toddler turned to me with wide & horrified eyes and shouted “Mommy! You don’t go poo poo in your pants, we go on the potty like a biiiiiiig girl!” Mortifying. My own words coming back to haunt me. And even though I tried telling her that the sound was from my shoe, the damage was done. Various Target patrons were all laughing quietly around me; one even stopped by to tell me how cute she was. Lovely.
And this isn’t the first time she’s done this. A few days ago we were at the grocery store and this older man crouched down to say hi to her. I knew she was uncomfortable because she tightened her grip on my hand and stood closer to me, which I kind of expected. What I didn’t expect was for her to blurt out “Mama, I don’t want to look at that man”. So that was that. He chuckled, I bit my cheek to keep from laughing and we moved on with our cart. To be honest, I’m very that glad she speaks her mind like this. I’d much rather have her do this, then not say anything in fear of making a stranger uncomfortable.
Bottom line is, she’s a toddler and she doesn’t have a filter. So she’ll say it like it is, and she’ll ask questions (sometimes very loudly) if she’s curious about something. Like the other weekend when we walked into a restaurant, & when we passed by a table that had just received their fish tacos & she shout/asked “What is that stinky smell?! Yucky yucky!!” at the top of her lungs. So I explained that we use inside voices when we’re inside & that it was fish. Which almost backfired on me as she’s really into fish right now because we took her to see Finding Dory, so then she was demanding to see the fish. So there was a lot of explaining involved that day.
Anyway, even though sometimes it’s embarrassing, or maybe a little irritating if they ask you the same question over and over again, I think it’s great the way toddlers tell it like it is & ask any question that comes to mind. It’s also a good reminder for my husband and I to watch what we say around her, as she is is a big fan of using our words right back at us. I’m always learning from her, and I love that she constantly keeps me on my toes. Just when I think I have this whole parent of a toddler thing figured out, she loudly reminds me not to poop my pants in the middle of Target. Have a great day everyone!