Toddlerhood does not necessarily end at a particular age, but we can recognize them by certain signs and behaviors.


  1. If I like it, it’s mine.
  2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
  3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
  4. If I had it a while ago, it’s mine.
  5. If it’s mine, it must NEVER appear to be yours in any way.
  6. If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
  7. If it looks just like mine, it’s mine.
  8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
  9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
  10. If it’s broken, it’s yours.

    (author unknown)

Out-of-Hand, Out-of-Mind, Out-of-Existence

  1. When it leaves my hand, it leaves the world.
  2. When it leaves your hand, if I don’t want it, it becomes a mess and you should get it out of my way.

Good and Evil/Rules

  1. If it runs contrary to my expectations and desires, it is evil.
  2. If it upsets me, it is evil.
  3. My rules are good, your rules are evil.
  4. If it breaks my rules, it is evil.
  5. If I break your rules, it is good.
  6. If I am held accountable for breaking your rules, it is evil.
  7. If I am mean to you, it is good.
  8. If you are mean to me, it is evil.

You are welcome to add more Toddler-Think lists in the comments–I am sure there are many I have missed.

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