Toddlers are fun. I know; I’ve got an almost 3-year-old son who's sassing me daily. While I absolutely love that he has a handle on his speech (asking me for this and telling me that) sometimes a little peace and quiet would be nice. OK, well, maybe not quiet but a little more, honesty? See, my kid likes to say things that he doesn’t always mean. Or, he says things he means but only for a few seconds and before he inevitably changes his mind. So figuring out what my toddler says vs. what he actually means has become something of a daily sport in our household. (Honestly, I can't tell if I'm winning or losing most of the time, either.)
There are a few phrases that I know are always on point. When he says, “No!” for example, I know he means it and I respect it (unless he really, really, really needs a diaper change and I’ll risk getting kicked so he doesn’t get an infection, or he has decided defying the laws of gravity is a thing he really would love to try). Then, of course, there are the moments when he gets excited about a present or box and asks me to open it. He always really does mean that he wants me to open said package.
Other phrases, however, aren’t so simple. He says them for the sake of repeating what he’s heard, or he says them but isn’t using them correctly. Let's not forget the moments my darling son is just flat out lying, either, because he’s almost a 3-year-old toddler and doesn’t really know any better. If you’ve got a toddler, I'm guessing (and kind of hoping, because solidarity is fun) you know what I’m talking about. If not, I suggest familiarizing yourself with the things your toddler is saying, and how they match up to what your toddler actually means. Can't hurt, right?