The other day my two year old and I went to the library for what I thought was a quick outing. When we were walking out to the parking lot he spotted the park across the street and looked at me with those big brown eyes and said, "Park please, Mama." It was cold out and I had on gray suede flats with no socks. I also did not have gloves or a hat. When the words, "But I'm not wearing the right shoes for that..." came out of my mouth I realized that those words meant absolutely nothing to my toddler. To him he saw the park right across the street and probably thought to himself, Mom and I can walk over there and play right now. Easy peasy. So I chose to take him to the park despite that I was freezing and ended up getting mud all over my suede shoes. It was totally worth it to see him smiling and laughing as we played.
But this made me think of some other phrases I say to my toddler that mean absolutely nothing to him...
But you ate that yesterday and loved it.
I didn't have time to go the grocery and get more _________.
Your favorite shirt/toy is dirty and in the wash.
We already watched that movie 1,000 times.
I'm too tired to __________.
But you're not dressed to do that.
I'm 37 weeks pregnant, I can't sit like that.
But we don't have time to ___________.
You haven't taken a bath in 3 days, you need one now.
What phrases do you find yourself saying to the toddler in your life and then realizing, wait, this means absolutely nothing to them!