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Why toddlers are smarter than you think!

They may come in small packages, but they are definitely smart! If you have a toddler or have dealt with one, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Toddlers can surprise you with their ingenuity and you shouldn't be surprised. They are capable of processing more information than we will at any time in our lives.

Six ways in which toddlers are smarter than you think!

Six ways in which toddlers can out-brain you!


1. They know where everything goes, but won't clean up 

They always know where to find toys to scatter around, but when it's time to put them in their place, they'll feign ignorance. Somehow, they are wired to believe that the 'big people' should be doing all the cleaning up! Or maybe they just don't want to.

2. They use their cute face to get their way

They know how cute they are and they'll use it to get anything out of you. And you just can't say no to that epitome of cuteness combined with a squeaky 'Please!'. Little Dude just puts up his finger to ask for 'one more' and I find it very hard to deny him anything after that!

3. Their tantrums are well-timed

When the cuteness thing doesn't work, they have another weapon - tantrums! And they are timed so well that you'll do anything to make sure it's over. Most of these tantrums, you'll notice, happen outside home and around other people.

4. They know what annoys you

They know exactly what you'll tell them not to do and they use that information to get you to pay attention. How dare you ignore them for a second! Whether it is for using the 'wrong' word or jumping on the sofa, they know what will make you come running in their direction.

5. They know junk food from healthy food

That's why they always have room for fries after rejecting your home-cooked meal. And if you have to ask why they've been served fries, do you really have a toddler?

6. They understand technology faster than you

We have DVR and Little Dude knows he can see live TV shows 'again'. He even knows what an 'ad' is on YouTube! And yes, I let him watch that stuff sometimes because, hey, have you read my post about our mind-numbing summers? One thing is for sure, they'll understand technology faster than you, and even know how to use it to their advantage.


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Kim Carberry said...

hahaha! Great list! Toddlers are so clever!!

Christy Garrett @ Uplifting Families said...

Yes toddlers are very smart individuals. My son was sitting at the computer with my husband the other night while he was sitting at the computer working on a project. He said that my son pointed to one of the videos and asked my husband to play it. I was shocked that he already knew what the play symbol on an online video is. He is two years old.

Catherine BeingMummyBlog said...

I can relate my 2 year old to every one of these! She is particularly good at using the dvd player!

Tarana Khan said...

That is such an interesting point! They just pick up things you don't even notice.

Tarana Khan said...

Haha! Thanks for stopping by.

Mummy Tries said...

So very true... Cunning little things aren't they ;-) #PoCoLo

Coombe Mill said...

and some of those things they don't like to grow out of either! #PoCoLo

splashalot said...

So true and last for years xx

Tori Wel said...

This is SO true - Grace knew how to work technology at far too early an age!! And she is getting better than me all the time! Thank you so much for linking to PoCoLo xx

Vikki Sanderson said...

haha love this. I have a 3 and a half year old and a 16 month old. Both are little smarty pants (even if I do say so myself!) My 3 year old can turn the telly over the the HD channel, put the playstation on and play his Cars 2 dvd. My 16 month old likes to climb onto the sofa, get my phone, open the camera cover and the back and tries to take a "selfie"!!! No reflection on my as I HATE having my photo taken lol.

Tarana Khan said...

They are getting smarter by the generation! Thank you for stopping by.

Tarana Khan said...

Haha, those are some smart kids!

GJT said...

Really great and truthful list! I'll admit, even as smart as they were, I was the stupid one for falling for it. Every. Time. My daughter as a toddler had the iPod mastered, and would often request certain songs when we were in other cars. She couldn't understand that we didn't have the ability to produce certain songs out of thin air.

Tarana Khan said...

Haha, that's a good one!

Julie DeNeen said...

Toddlers have stupidly good memories. It's annoying.

SmackOfHam (John) said...

My toddler plays the cute card - a lot. Besides being blessed with naturally curly hair and a cute round face, she is fairly articulate and knows how to make Mom and Dad laugh.

I was lecturing her about making some kind of mess and she tried to change topics with this: "Mama changed my diaper earlier - what's up with that?!" She cracked me up and I forgot about what I was trying to be mad at her about.

Your list is gold - great post!

Tarana Khan said...

Oh yes they do!

Tarana Khan said...

Haha, thanks for sharing that lovely anecdote!

Mommy's Heart said...

Right on TK! Very true all of them- Did you also write that they are 'forever persistent'? That is they set their mind on something, they would have it at any cost? And they won't give up until their wish is granted?And that they drive you CRAZY until you resign? Yup! :) Its a battle every day here! Thanks for putting together the list! Enjoyed reading it!

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks for your lovely comment! Yes, they can be extremely persistent, and don't forget things in a hurry!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Toddlers are VERY smart! It's a good thing they are so sweet and cuddly.

thesadderbutwisergirl.com said...

My children are past the toddler stage, but good lord when they were there they were too smart AND cute for their own good! I know they got away with way more than they should have. The five year old is still playing the cute card every chance she gets (and the tantrum one too, unfortunately!)

Thank you for hooking up with us here at the Humor Me Blog Hop! :-D

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you for stopping by! I guess what I wrote applies to most young kids then!

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