Toddlers Say the Funniest Things: How to Document These Priceless Moments
Toddlers are funny. They hit those two’s and three’s and their language starts to blossom. For better or worse they start chatting you and the world up and the things that come out can be priceless. They start to experiment with their tone, their attitudes and humor. Pronunciations are off just enough to be adorable and sometimes hysterical. For me, it’s one of my favorite developmental periods.
Right now, our twins are three. They are just starting to string statements together and really use their language to express themselves in ways that show their little personalities. They love to chat, sing, and tell you they are unhappy when something isn’t going their way. We have the extra added ‘twin language’ in the mix which makes conversations even more entertaining to watch as well – but sometimes quite difficult to understand. Thankfully, as they get older, more real words come into play and the secret language between the two of them seems to be used less often so we get to be in on the fun as it happens.
Watching our girls have a conversation is adorable, but watching them argue can be even more entertaining. This is what played out in our home the other day:
Madison and Charlotte fighting:
Madison to Charlotte: No, you got to timeout!
Me to Madison: YOU can go to timeout.
Madison to Me: No, I never timeout.
**Madison is sent to timeout for not sharing and yelling.**
Charlotte to Madison: You share?
Madison to Charlotte: Yes.
Charlotte: Ok, stop fussing and share.
This was hysterical, because I always tell them to “stop fussing” , so the fact that one child was telling the other child to do just that, was quite entertaining, and it’s a story I definitely plan to tell again.
The question is, how do I document these funny moments for the long-term?
Some ways I do this now include:
Blogging – I have a personal blog where I share stories about my family and I also blog here at EF. Blogging is a great way to share with family, friends and other parents the many stories, trials and tribulations of parenting. It’s also a wonderful creative outlet.
Journals – I have a journal for each child where I’ve written them ‘love notes’ and jotted down little anecdotals about their life. It’s not something I keep up with each and everyday or even every year, but it’s a place for them with my handwriting which I think is important. It’s a more personal space that’s just for them to go back and read memories of just them and no one else in the family.
Project Life – This is a scrapbook-photo album hybrid. It’s not a traditional scrapbook or photo album – but it takes the ease of a photo album and the journaling aspect of a scrapbook and combines the two. I think it’s important to document life’s moments in your own handwriting and this system has journaling cards allowing you to do that quickly and effortlessly. An added bonus of this system is it has colorful, themed cards which give you a creative element that steps up the average photo album but takes less time than the scrapbook which is perfect for my busy life right now.
How do you document life’s funny moments with your toddlers and kids? What has been something funny that’s been said recently by your children?