Try living in the world of a 2-year-old girl for a moment.

We recently had our friends for a Sunday afternoon dinner, with their absolutely delightful 2-year-old daughter. We’ve been watching Miss Katie grow from babyhood, and we thoroughly enjoy everything about her. She talks a mile a minute, completely unfiltered and innocently uninhibited.


She seems far more intelligent than her two little years, questioning and referencing things that simply amazed me. When I admired her shoes, she explained in detail where she got them. She counted to 10 in both English and Spanish. She ate with manners, followed her mom’s directive of “food stays in the kitchen,” explored our home carefully and sang songs for us.


She kept herself busy, “reading” books and quietly feeding her baby doll hors d’oeuvres, saying “try this baby, you will like it!” She moved easily from Dad’s lap to Mom’s and then back to Dad’s. I melted when she climbed up on my lap. She giggled excitedly as my husband played tricks to entertain her, pulling M&Ms from behind her ear. She walked around in a cowboy hat squealing “yeeha!”


I’d forgotten what life is like, through the eyes of a 2-year-old. Then, it happened: It got close to bedtime. The meltdowns started. A few times she defiantly said “no!” Her parents corrected her and reminded her of her manners, and then came, “It’s MINE!”


There isn’t much one can do when a toddler gets tired. As we finished our dinner, she endured our conversation while eating her ice cream, but became very definite about wanting certain foods (chocolate) on the table, saying “mine, that’s mine.”


With a little distraction we quieted and comforted her on a soft couch with her baby doll as her parents packed up the car to leave. Before they left, I asked our friends if they’d ever heard of Murphy’s Law for Toddlers, and they hadn’t. So, for those of you with a 2-year-old, and for those who have raised one, this is for you.


Murphy’s Law For Toddlers


If it is mine, it is mine.


If it is yours, it is mine.


If I like it, it is mine.


If I can take it from you, it is mine.


If I am playing with it, ALL of the pieces are mine.


If I think it is mine, it is.


If I saw it first, it is mine.


If I had it first, it is mine.


If I had it and put it down, it is still mine.


If you had it and put it down, it is now mine.


If it looks like the one I have at home, it is mine,


If it is broken, it is yours.


Enjoy every minute, it does go by so quickly.


Diana Boggia, M.Ed., is a Repository contributor and parenting educator in Stark County, Ohio. Send your child-rearing questions to FamilyMatters@cantonrep.com or The Repository, c/o Family Matters, 500 Market Ave. S., Canton OH 44702.