Adults Outwitted by a Toddler: 2

girl-951561_1920The great thing about children, of course, is that there is so much you can teach them.

The Toddler wants to do something: ‘Can me do that?’
The Toddler often mixes up me and I. Grandad tries to help her with her pronouns: ‘Can I do that?’
The Toddler misses Grandad’s point and answers what she believes to be his question: ‘No!’
No, Grandad, The Toddler wants to do that – you find your own activities. Grandad dealt with, The Toddler returns to her request: ‘Can me do that?’
Silly Mummy tries: ‘No, The Toddler, you say, “Can I do that?”‘
The Toddler is exasperated with people trying to muscle in on her territory: ‘No! Can me do that?’

The other great thing about children is how easy it is to manipulate them.

It is The Toddler’s bed time. She, however, is busy on the imaginary phone. Grandad, displaying great ingenuity, takes the ‘phone’ and listens, before saying, ‘Is there someone there who’s going to bed?’ The Toddler nods. Grandad holds out the ‘phone’: ‘I think this call is for you.’ Grandad readies himself for his phone call with The toddler about bed time.
The Toddler is not falling for this trick. She takes the ‘phone’ and (putting what she has learnt from Peppa Pig to good use) immediately and expertly changes the subject: ‘Hello? Fire Service? I’m stuck in the mud!’

Pronouns learnt: 0
Going to beds achieved: 0
Toddlers reasoned with: 0
Adults outwitted by a toddler: 2


  1. Brilliant! It’s amazing how well they can outwit us sometimes! My girls also get confused sometimes with “me” and “I” although Jessica mostly gets them right these days. They both still get confused if I correct them and thinking I am referring to myself as well – I can see why it’s confusing from a little one’s point of view! I love Grandad’s attempt to encourage bedtime and The Toddler’s diversion tactics – Peppa Pig has a lot to answer for! Thank you for linking up to #ftmob 🙂

  2. Mum in Brum says:

    haha, I’m trying to teach my one year old a few more words, but reading this, I’m not sure I should bother! I’m definitely going to get outwitted all of the time – they are just too clever! #bestandworst

  3. John Adams says:

    Never, ever underestimate the abilities of your children, no matter how young! If anything, it gets more difficult to outwit your kids as they get older. #BrilliantBlogPosts

  4. Katy says:

    Toddlers are so much cleverer than we give them credit for, aren’t they? My little boy’s imaginary phone conversations are more along the lines of ‘Hello… oh… Bye bye!’ so I look forward to stepping this up a gear! #brilliantblogposts

  5. Emma says:

    Haha the bit about getting ‘me’ and ‘I’ made me giggle – I love it. My little one isn’t old enough to be talking yet but she does have a habit of sneaking off to somewhere or something she knows she shouldn’t when our backs are turned!

  6. Talya says:

    OMG classic did she actually say that fire service line? Unbelievable what they come out with!! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub and making me chuckle lovely! x

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