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Murphy's Laws of Toddlers

If there was ever living proof of 'If anything can go wrong - it will', you don't have to look further than a toddler. They love messing things, and themselves up, and I think, deserve their own set of Murphy's Laws. In fact, Edward A. Murphy, Jr. didn't really need to look beyond his own home to come up with his original set of laws, because they clearly apply to parenting! And especially, parents of toddlers, because they deserve special treatment, and maybe an award or two.

Murphy's Laws of Toddlers, www.sandinmytoes.tk
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1. Enthusiasm for doing something will always depend on how unsafe the activity is.

2. Appetite for a certain food is inversely proportional to the time spent in preparing said food.

3. Sleep schedules are most unpredictable on the days you have a fixed appointment.

4. Demand for toys or food that are not available at hand, will always be made in a moving vehicle.

5. Dirty diapers invariably show up at lunch or dinner time (yours).

6. The harder you work on a project or activity, the faster it will be rejected.

7. Number of night wakings are directly proportional to the hours of sleep you need to catch up on from last night (or week).

8. Clothes will always be at their messiest when someone is visiting or a photo is being taken.

9. Words that you muttered under your breath will be learned the fastest.

10. Loudness of a tantrum will be highest when the surrounding environment is at its quietest.


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22 comments

Kim Carberry said...

hahaha! So very true x

anna said...

very true!! luckily they are so cute so they can get away with it all!

Jenny Ripatti-Taylor said...

So true on every account. I can closely relate to all of these. Glad I am not alone in the crazy life of toddlers. But they are so cute and worth it.

Louisa said...

All so very true! Number 9 is especially true for me today since Fran has learned to call everyone a "plonker", I was so sure I'd never said it in her earshot!

SnottyNoses said...

Haha. So true. What about nagging to do something until they're blue in the face, then when you get round to doing it, they've changed their mind and don't want to anymore. Or making their favourite food as a special treat that turns out to have fallen off the list...

Tarana Khan said...

You're right about that, their cuteness helps them get away with anything!

Tarana Khan said...

There's no age like this one, right?

Tarana Khan said...

Haha, maybe she heard you anyway!

Tarana Khan said...

Oh yes, they change their mind all the time!

Erica Price said...

So true! Made me smile.

Victoria Welton said...

Yes, yes and yes!! All true here too :) Thank you for supporting PoCoLo this year x

littlemissadventures.net said...

How about 'Potty, what potty? Although I have used the potty every day for the past 3 months, I will now refuse to use it, and refuse to tell you when I need to use it, and your house now smells like a men's toilet'. And of course, about two days before the in-laws are about to descend upon us!! Popping over from #PoCoLo

Notmyyearoff said...

Haha this is soooooo true! The anoint of times I've made something really nice and presented it to z, he replies with "I no want it. I want spaghetti" arrrgh!

Tarana Khan said...

Oh, that sounds so familiar. You never know what they're going to surprise you with next!

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, happens to me all the time as well!

Bryan Jones said...

Brings back memories of when my two were toddlers (almost 20 years ago). Thrilling, enjoyable but exhausting - the phase where they have mobility without the sense!

Shakespeare's Mom said...

So true. All of it. This is a good list to hand to people who wonder why I'm so crazy/snarky/weepy these days. It's a good thing toddlers are cute, huh?

Tarana Khan said...

You've described it perfectly, Bryan!

Tarana Khan said...

It's their saving grace, really!

www.boyeatsworld.com.au said...

I laughed out loud at this one. Especially Number 9.

Tarana Khan said...

Haha, so glad you could relate!

Molley Mills said...

I don not miss that phase... Thanks for hooking up to the Hump Day Hook Up

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