Thursday, September 27, 2012

Guest Post: Five of the Most Embarrassing Toddler Situations

First off, I'd like to say Happy Birthday, Fishducky!  You can go visit her HERE.

Now onto the post of the day.  Nancy Parker is joining us.  I can't wait for you to read her amazing writing!  Take it away, Nancy!

Five of the Most Embarrassing Toddler Situations

If you're a new parent, you're probably already bracing yourself for the funny and embarrassing things your child will do. Before your child learns how to behave well, she will probably get into some amusing situations. This list takes a look at some of the scenarios you can expect and what to do when they happen.

1. Not Sharing – Most toddlers don't initially understand the concept of sharing. If your toddler is similar to most children, she will consider a toy hers as soon as she touches it. If another child dares to even look at your child's toy, a small tantrum may erupt from either child. This situation is usually unavoidable until your child gets older. You can, however, attempt to distract the unhappy child with another toy.

2. Making a Scene – Even the most prepared parents must sometimes deal with an unhappy child in a public place. For example, your child might spot an item he wants at the grocery store. If you don't grant his request, he may start to cry and scream. If your child can't calm down, take him outside for a few minutes of fresh air. You can resume your shopping later.

3. Household Damage – Toddlers are very good at doing exactly what you wish they wouldn't. For example, a wandering child may use her crayons to draw on your living room wall. You can prevent these mishaps by monitoring the items in your child's reach. However, since it's not always possible to watch your child, invest in a number of quality cleaners to clean up these accidents.

4. A Sad Parting – Some toddlers do not react well when a parent leaves them at daycare or with a babysitter. Your child may begin to wail and throw a tantrum if you try to leave her. This situation may make you feel embarrassed, especially if there are other parents around. However, tantrums of this nature happen all the time. The best thing you can do is to comfort your child and reassure her that you will return later.

5. Repeating Words – Even the youngest toddlers can pick up on your words and repeat them later at the worst possible time. For example, your toddler may have heard you swear when you dropped a heavy item on your foot. Days later, your child may repeat that word when you're at the library together. To avoid this embarrassing situation, you must always remember that your child is similar to a parrot. Take care with what words you say in front of your child.

Raising children is an exciting journey with few dull moments. When embarrassing situations happen with your children, just remember that these experiences happen to every parent. The best you can do is to laugh about it later.

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  1. Yes, I can surely attest to the last one, said ass in front of my three year old cousin and she's been repeating it ever since, oops haha

  2. Brett was 4 and on a job site with his dad. They were upstairs in a home Doug was building. Doug looked down and saw some guys stealing lumber. Doug snatched up Brett and gave chase in the car, yelling A Hole as they were in pursuit. By the time Brett got home he'd expanded his vocabulary!

  3. You forgot the big one: running around naked...especially when company comes over.

  4. This is not a permanent problem--most kids stop acting like that by the time they're in their late 30's!

    Thank you, Elisa!

  5. I have cats not children. But, I do watch children especially in restaurants. If they have stayed in their seats and not made load noises, I make it a point to say something nice to the parents about children. As someone who taught school and substituted, I have had personal experience with children who do not want to sit still.

  6. My nephew was a single parent to his adorable son. At the age of two, Adorable Son was at his grandparents' house, sitting in his high chair, when he put up his index finger and said, "Buck you." I hope he learned to pronounce that correctly before he went to school.


  7. Dear Nancy and Elisa, this posting seems so helpful to me. I've never had children but when I shop at the grocery store I so often witness a child crying. The response of the parents always interests me. Some forget I think that the child is just being a child and so frayed tempers become angry and the children cry even harder. I can see, Nancy, that you must be a loving and generous nanny. Peace.

  8. My kids are angels - of course ... right? They seldom ever embarrass me, but I will always have a chuckle from the time my little sweetheart Madeline became confused as an excited big-sister-to-be. She asked my brother's wife about the baby in her belly. She was so excited that Aunt Tammie had a baby in her belly, just like Mommy. Oops! No, Aunt Tammie was done making babies many years ago. High five on the weight loss inspiration, though! :-O

    I also loved the time when she very seriously told her older brother to zip his coat or his butt would freeze and fall off. I imagine the picture in her head of her brother's little butt cheeks falling out of the bottom of his pant legs. Oh my!

    We are up to our third child with the fourth on the way. I must have at least a squillion great stories to tell their future spouses kids by now. The joys of fatherhood never cease!

    Fortunately, sometime before she started school, Madeline stopped lifting her dress to be sure her belly button didn't get away. Simon stopped wearing those contemptible Crocks. And for the sake of all things Disney, Jack learned how to pronounce the Cars character "Holly Shiftwell" without it sounding like "Holy $h1t Wow!"


    Much love to the kids.