Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Cautionary Tale



Just a note to any of you who may live in a home with toddlers:


If you have just laid the baby down for a nap, and you are enjoying hot coffee and reading blogs on a cold, dreary November morning, always remember that silence + 2 year old = BAD MOJO.

DO NOT assume that just because you have a very mature toddler, who previously has shown little to no interest in markers pilfered from her sister's room, you are safe from Compulsive Toddler Scribbling Syndrome (CTSS).

CTSS can be very destructive, and it's primary symptom is an eerie quiet that blankets the area where a toddler is supposedly watching an educational video. If you ever experience prolonged periods of silence from a 2 year old who is not asleep, do not delay checking upon the child.

You will be glad that you did.

(Not shown are the emerald green lips, hands, and shirt of the latest casualty of an outbreak of CTSS. That'll learn me to brag about laundry right quick!)

11 comments:

  1. It must be going around. Curly Sue scribbled with black marker on the wall of the porch yesterday. I guess it's good that Scott still hasn't hung the drywall?

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  2. But, it's so pretty, mommy.

    Well, you can use the magic eraser on the door, but not the clothes, and definitely not the lips and hands.

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  3. Please don't tell me that's a Sharpie!!

    Toothpaste will work on the lips and hands.

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  4. Green's my favorite color.

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  5. Well, at least if you close the door, it'll be "framed" (rimshot here) ...

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  6. Is that pen?! Banish all markers from your house immediately!

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  7. yes, my mother has a story about the one time she left my father in charge of my brother as a toddler. mom was merely in the kitchen trying to get some dishes done and kept hearing: "it's soooooooo pretty, it's sooooo pretty!" eventually, she emerged from the kitchen to find my father buried in a newspaper and my brother drawing on the walls with an orange crayon!

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  8. Anonymous4:50 PM

    Did they give you the "I am so cute you know you are not really mad look" after! That is what my little guy did when he decided the kitchen should be blue.
    -LisaL

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  9. LOL! Gotta love when kids draw, color or use anything that's hard to remove! That's hysterical!

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  10. Ooooo, that's so not good, silence and small ones... You think you'd have gotten that after the first one? Nah, it took me several kids before I figured that one out.

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  11. Two words: Magic Sponge.

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