Toddlerhood does not necessarily end at a particular age, but we can recognize them by certain signs and behaviors.
TODDLER’S RULES OF POSSESSION
- If I like it, it’s mine.
- If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
- If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
- If I had it a while ago, it’s mine.
- If it’s mine, it must NEVER appear to be yours in any way.
- If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
- If it looks just like mine, it’s mine.
- If I saw it first, it’s mine.
- If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
- If it’s broken, it’s yours.
Out-of-Hand, Out-of-Mind, Out-of-Existence
- When it leaves my hand, it leaves the world.
- 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
- If it runs contrary to my expectations and desires, it is evil.
- If it upsets me, it is evil.
- My rules are good, your rules are evil.
- If it breaks my rules, it is evil.
- If I break your rules, it is good.
- If I am held accountable for breaking your rules, it is evil.
- If I am mean to you, it is good.
- 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.