“I don’t care I love it”

Whenever I think about toddlers, the song “I love it” comes to mind. More specifically, a phrase within the song, “I don’t care I love it!” I believe this is what toddlers are thinking whenever they act out.

Here are some examples…

Parent: Please don’t strip in public.

Toddler: I don’t care I love it!

Brielle went through a phase where she would lift up her shirt and laugh whenever someone said hello to her.

Parent: Please don’t have a major tantrum in the middle of the supermarket because I wouldn’t let you eat a plastic bag.

Toddler: I don’t care I love it!

Last week Alexis got hold of a plastic bag while we were waiting on line at the supermarket and tried to eat it. When I took it from her, crocodile tears streamed down her face, and her legs and arms began waving around franticly as she screamed at the top of her lungs. Her actions made me become “that parent”. The parent that wears a plastered smile on their face, as their child flops around in their arms like a wet seal.

Parent: Please don’t pick your sister’s nose and then show me what you found in there.

Toddler: I don’t care I love it!

Brielle finds this hilarious, and Alexis has no problem letting her do it.

Parent: Please don’t point at strangers in the elevator and yell “poop pants” because they just farted.

Toddler: I don’t care I love it!

This was my friend’s child, but I just had to share her story.

Parent: Please don’t rip shopping bags out of people’s hands at the mall and run away with them.

Toddler: I don’t care I love it!

Yesterday, Alexis ripped a Macy’s bag out of a woman’s hand and ran away with it. The woman gave me a look as if I trained my 14 month old to do this.

If you have a toddler I am sure you can think of a million stories just like these. In my opinion there’s only one way to deal with toddlers. Laugh to yourself, because come on, toddlers are hilarious, and use each outburst as an opportunity to teach them right from wrong.