Editor’s note :: Use your words

One of the best parts of my job is occasionally being able to assign myself the task of writing the Book Shelf department. I get to grab a stack of books I’ve received related to one topic or the other, give them a careful read, and decide which should be featured in print. Due to page 74 and 75 of The World According to Toddlers (full review begins on our page 42), I found myself choking back giggles in an attempt to appear like any other normal employee at a publishing company.  

In this particular selection, found in the chapter “Use Your Words,” only an exploding backyard with lots of hot, shooting lava will elicit an “uh oh” out of a toddler. Most often, toddlers will just study various catastrophes with great interest, and then go about their business. I think the authors must have been hiding in my living room, observing the day my daughter and her playmate knocked a glass of milk over, and then sat there studying the escalating mess as it gushed onto the floor. The expressions on their faces were so…benign; their sense of urgency in taking care of the mess so…lacking.

I also love how the authors mention that should a pack of wild coyotes run through your house, you might find yourself yelling in full panic mode, “What the xx—!?!“ while your toddler will merely say, “Doggy.”

Kids are so great. If you have them already, I’m sure you have many stories about the ways your child has embarrassed you, ruined your clothing, thrown temper tantrums, and charmed you to pieces—perhaps all within the same day, too. And if you are sitting in your doctor’s office reading this publication with baby on board (so to speak), this is a good issue for you because we have a terrific feature by Julie Kendrick on all of the great maternity and post birth services available to make your new life go swimmingly. Plus, you will find an article on myriad possibilities for diapering. I am well past that phase with my daughter, but I found the findings fascinating. And wait until you read about the newest form of potty training (you can start it with babies just weeks old, even): elimination communication. Intriguing!

Happy New Year to all of you from Minnesota Parent!