A Toddler’s Property Laws
Saw this on the door of a law professor and had to share. Too cute!
1. If I like it, it’s mine.
2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I am doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it looks like mine, it is mine.
8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
10. If it’s broken, it’s yours.
Words From A Child
I was recently riding with my sister and 3 year old niece; my sis. sat in the back with her, to keep her company, since we had a long drive ahead of us. She turned to her mommy and said 3 simple words, “I need help.” I could not help but then reflect on how difficult it becomes to say those three words as adults. Why is that? Pride, independence, an assumption that we cannot depend on others…what?
Her mother believes that it is due, in part, to the fact that as soon as we pass the foundational years, we are taught to be self-reliant and independent, and the better we are at achieving those goals, the better off we are. Maybe she has a point. I’m still pondering. Thoughts?