5 Cringeworthy Toddler Behaviors

  • Cringeworthy Toddler Behaviors
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    My son. He's a little lover. He is my cuddly one. The girls could take me or leave me, but not my boy. He's the epitome of a momma's boy. But, the boy is disgusting. Gross. The lint-and-hair-that-gets-stuck-to-the-bristles-on-your-vacuum-cleaner kind of nasty. Every bodily function, fluid, dirt, or germ gets stuck to the boy like a magnet most days. And of course, he wants to wipe it all over me! So thoughtful of him, don't you think?

    What is it that these toddlers find so appealing about being so gross? I'm not sure, but I think it has something to do with a propensity for all things mushy and squishy. Here are 5 of the grossest toddler behaviors along with some secrets to curbing them.

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5 Cringeworthy Toddler Behaviors

Jeanna Strassburg is a wife, and mother of three, who enjoys kitchen dance parties and summer time! Jeanna received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho in April of 2007. She enjoys spending her time cooking, cleaning and tending to the proper duties of a stay at home mother… NOPE! Truthfully, she enjoys eating the food, but not making it or cleaning up after it. She likes to have a clean home, but loathes laundry and dishes. Loves her children, but coul ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Rebekah Rebekah says:

    Why are you “shaming” your son about putting his hand down his pants? It’s a natural part of development. Small children use it for comfort and coping because it feels good. Of course you don’t want them to do it in public; I had the same issue with my oldest daughter. I just told her in private that I knew it felt good, but she should only do it when she was alone. I told her that was hers to touch, no one else should touch it, and that she shouldn’t touch anyone else’s. Then, the next time I caught her doing it in public, I gave her a discreet reminder of our conversation. I believe I only had to talk to her about it three times total. Shame should never be involved in this type of action. It’s bad for their sexual development and causes them to not even want to talk about any type of problems or issues they may have involving their privates. If you’re matter of fact and don’t make a huge issue of it, they’ll still get the message, but in a more positive way.

    • Profile photo of Jeanna StrassburgAuthor Jeanna Strassburg says:

      Rebekah- thanks for your concern. Really, the tone of this piece was humor. I would never truly try to make my son feel ashamed. But, for the context of this article what I was trying to convey was that he may feel a form of embarrassment at having his hands down his pants in public.