9 Things Your Toddler Does So Much Better Than You

9 Things Your Toddler Does So Much Better Than You

You may be bigger, but there are some things your toddler is so much better at.


By Nicole Fabian-Weber

Parents are better than their toddlers at most things. We’re older, wiser, taller, and need less sleep. But, there are a few things that our toddlers have on us. (Yes, really.)

Here, nine things toddlers do so much better than their parents.

1. Letting things roll off their backs. When’s the last time you were so enraged with a friend or family member, and then, five minutes later when they, say, offered you a cookie, you ran up and kissed them like nothing ever happened? Probably not recently, that’s for sure! Though toddlers are emotional tornadoes, they truly are masters at moving on at the drop of a dime -- which is a lot more than most of us can say for ourselves.

2. Falling asleep under the most ridiculous circumstances. How many adults do you know who can sleep just as well at a random hotel as they do in their own beds? Likely, not many. How many adults do you know who sleep just as well on a few pushed-together chairs in a restaurant as they do in their own bed? Likely, not many. Though toddlers are notorious night-wakers, they don't seem to have much of a problem falling asleep anywhere. If only we were the same!

3. Yoga. Ever met a toddler who couldn't fold herself into a pretzel? Or do a downward dog with the best of them? From the crazy ways they sit to the even crazier ways they sleep, toddlers are officially the most flexible human beings on earth. Jealous!

4. Living in the moment. Toddlers -- especially younger toddlers -- rarely live in fear of future consequences. They do what they want, when they want it, regardless of the outcome. Though this characteristic often can be a fault ... it also can be fantastic. When toddlers are in it, they're in it. They aren't thinking about what they have to do in the future or what happened in the past, they're simply living in the moment and loving every second. Something we should all be so lucky to experience once in a while.

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5. Making friends. Admit it – when you see someone cool at the park, it takes courage to go up to them and strike up a conversation, if you get the courage at all. Toddlers? Not so much. Some 2- and 3-year-olds will run right up to a group of already-playing kiddos, because they feel like it. It's too bad this trait tends to go away with age. How much fun would it be to be this way all the time?

6. Dancing. Be honest. Have you ever seen a toddler dancing and not thought it was the cutest, most amazing thing in the world? Many adults, on the other hand, leave something to be desired when they're cuttin' a rug.

7. Not worrying about their appearance. No pants? No problem! Toddlers are notoriously cool with, well, looking uncool (which is cool!). They're OK with pairing a striped shirt with a polka dot skirt and completing the look with cowboy boots and a winter hat. A fairly unprofessional outfit for adults.

8. Being adventurous eaters. OK, so most toddlers favor foods like mac and cheese and chicken nuggets, but there's no denying the fact that they're adventurous when it comes to food. Would you eat a random cookie you found between the couch cushions? Doubtful.

9. Kissing. Sorry, you may have years of experience, but the truth is, nobody can give kisses like an adorable toddler. Fact.

What does your toddler do better than you?


Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama to a sweet toddler girl and a baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications. Right now, she’s probably fantasizing about sleep.

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