If I could give my two year old just one bit of advice, it’s to never give up [his nap].
This list ran last year, and I’m actually working on an all-new set of reasons right now. But until that’s done… repeat!
1. They make friends fast. Whether at the park or the pediatrician’s office, little kids make friends quickly. “Do you want to play?”That’s it. “Do you want to play?” They don’t seem to worry about being rejected. I don’t even think rejection crosses their mind. As adults, it is much more difficult to form a relationship so quickly. Unless you are in a bar at closing time.
2. They don’t hold grudges. Sure, little kids fight. But when it’s over, it’s over. They don’t stew. They don’t stay mad for weeks. They don’t gossip on the phone about Max getting extra Goldfish during snack time. This is exactly why “Real Housewives” doesn’t revolve around the lives of a bunch of four year olds.
3. They’re curious. “Why aren’t bananas juicy?” “How did the first
person who made pancakes know how to make pancakes?” “How did the baby get into your tummy?”
4. They’re confident. “Look how high I can jump!” “Look at how strong I am!” “Isn’t this picture beautiful?” Some experts think today’s kids have too much self esteem. They think today’s parents overpraise their offspring. Possibly. But, it’s also my belief that as kids, we start out filled to capacity with confidence, but — ever so slowly — it leaks out of us like helium from a balloon. If you don’t believe me, two words: middle school.
5. They play. And they don’t even do it because it will look good on their résumés.
6. They’re not afraid to show their feelings. The good, the bad and the ugly. And, by ugly, I mean the things you have to apologize for on your child’s behalf using lame excuses like “needs to eat” or “missed his nap.”
7. They don’t mind getting dirty. You might mind, but they don’t.
8. They’re uninhibited. They’ll dress themselves in fairy wings, a tutu and galoshes to go to the grocery store. Once there, they’ll break into song in the cereal aisle. Having a kid is probably a lot like living with Zooey Deschanel.
9. They don’t care about price tags. Prada. Gucci. Armani. Little
kids don’t care about the label as long as it’s not scratchy.
10. They’re cheap dates, too. Sure, you can take them to the zoo. But, you can also take them out back to look at squirrels, and then you don’t have to pay for parking.
11. They’re funny. Naturally. And, sometimes, on purpose. Be warned, however, little-kid jokes are difficult to follow because most have no punch line.
12. They see the best in people. I’m not sure at what age most of us become cynical, but it’s not when we are in preschool. Of course, small children are also incredibly gullible. If you were to tell them you invented the s’more, they’d believe you.
13. They’re honest. If a five year old tells you that you’re the most beautiful mommy in the world, he thinks you are. If he also tells you that your bare legs remind him of daddy’s beard, he thinks that as well.
14. They’re good at keeping secrets. Okay. Just kidding. They’re absolutely, positively terrible at keeping secrets. They’re the worst secret keepers EVER. But, hey, they’re just kids. They can’t be good at everything.