What I Learned from Parenting Toddlers


What I learned from parenting toddlers:

  1. If I like it, it’s mine.
  2. If it’s in my hand, back off, it’s mine.
  3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
  4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
  5. If it’s mine, it must NEVER appear to be yours in anyway.
  6. If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
  7. If it looks just like mine, it is mine.
  8. If I saw it first, don’t even think it, it’s mine.
  9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it becomes mine.
  10. If it’s broken, it’s yours. Until you fix it. Then it’s mine.

This goes for any member of the family, applicable even with a twin todder sibling.
Yet, What happens when you have ‘it’s mine’ and also have twins?





  1. I love this! And I feel your pain. My 2.5 yr old somehow owns everything in our house.

  2. That scene fron Nemo is one of my favorite. Too funny about the toddlers but so true. 🙂

    1. Ha!! Us too Stephanie!
      The kids don’t, but routinely we adults always say that part! lol

  3. LOL. SO true! My 2 year old was arguing with DH about something. Then my son screamed out “It’s MY house!” Where do you go from here? 🙂

  4. I like your list. I have grandchildren now and with all the toy ads I hear “I want that” then the other child say “I want that” then the first child says “No it is mine”. They think there is only one item I have to explain that the stores have a lot of that toy and both can have it. The first child does not like that idea. I can’t win.

  5. My DS isn’t even 2 yet and he always wants what his older sister has. This leads to screeching toddler-itis! Wow, it’s gonna be loud around our house for a few years! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  6. Ha, it starts young too. There is a babydoll at the daycare that Mya (15 months) has assumed ownership over. For a whole day she would not put it down and if anyone dare come near her and her baby doll her newly found ability to say the word “don’t” would be put to use (along with very loud screeches and waving hands warning to back off!)

  7. Yep, I rasised twin girls. They’re 19 years old now, and still fight like crazy. One thing that tends to hold true with twins though, (did with mine), is that one is usually dominate.

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