Motherhood

What Little Things Enchant Your Children?

Toby and Anton

Cup of Jo has been running for 13 years (!) so we’ve decided that every week, we’ll be highlighting one of the most popular posts from the past. Here’s one of our favorites, originally published on June 26, 2017…

One of the best parts of parenting is seeing the world through a child’s eyes, don’t you think? The world feels so magical. It’s not just a city block with buildings; it’s an ant hill, a taxi, A TEENAGER. I’ve been a parent for more than seven years, and it never gets old. Here are a few things my boys find thrilling these days…

Getting letters in the mail
Half birthdays
Cats
When the moon is out during the daytime
Anytime the doorbell rings
Photos of themselves
When trees are still dripping after it rains
Anytime they get to sleep in our bed
High fives
Mango lassis
Mommy tracing letters on their backs
When Daddy swats flies
Pajama day at school
When the flight attendant who gave them cookies was also NAMED COOKIE

It’s funny because you don’t always know exactly whether something will enchant them or irritate them. Sometimes it’s almost the same thing: haircuts on someone else (good) vs. haircuts on themselves (bad); stepping in a puddle (good) vs. stepping in a puddle unexpectedly (very bad).

My sister-in-law wrote this on Facebook the other day:
Things that J. (3 years old) had a level 10 tantrum about in the last week:
1) His banana broke and I couldn’t fix it.
2) He wanted a bed he saw in his dream.
3) I wore a scarf to work.

What about your kids? What do they find delightful? I’d love to hear…

P.S. A baby’s favorite toys and a motherhood mantra.

(Photo by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Joanna says...

    This post and comments have been so great to read. I love the imagination on my 3.5 year old twin boys right now. They are always acting things out together (scenes from Moana, etc.) and asking my husband to act things out with them. Tonight’s dinner, they asked him to be “the park”. My husband is much more creative than I pretended to be a swing, the bathroom, etc. I don’t know how this started but one of them is also really into rats, including the giant gross blow up union rat we pass each day. He sleeps every night with a stuffed animal he named Ratoni :)

    We have also had the banana meltdown several times in our house. One of my favorite lines from my son Sam was when he lost it at breakfast and yells “mommy, Eli said strawberry to me!”

  2. Amanda Glavin says...

    “When trees are still dripping after it rains” I just love that, it is kind of magical. My 17 month old squeals with delight at all the birds he sees outside, bubbles (that’s true at any age really), chasing the dogs, and he’s really into bananas currently. Oh and snacks, man he goes just crazy for any kind of snack.

  3. Kay says...

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed readings all of these comments. Aren’t kids the absolute best?
    My 16month old is currently obsessed with a wooden chair we bought him at a garage sale for $5. He “reads” to himself all the time on that chair. And freaks out (positively) whenever he sees any vehicle bigger than ours: “TUCK!!!” (first word?). He’s also just discovered kissing, aka licking. But by far, BUBBLES make him the happiest. It’s so much fun and my heart bursts every day.

  4. Luna (4.5) is enchanted by

    The DOLLAR STORE

    Making cards for people (okay mostly for me!)

    Sprinkles. I’m not kidding I think if I put sprinkles on broccoli she may dig in.

    Doing tricks on her scooter.

    Watching EllieV Toys YouTube videos because she loves Legos. I’ll admit watching this women put together Lego sets and listening to her chipper British accent is pretty mesmerizing.

    She loves watching my husband and I dance to salsa music. As soon as a song comes on that she knows we like she’ll push us together and say Mom dance w daddy. She’s not bilingual but she can belt out the Spanish Marc Anthony songs.

    Music needs its own category! She goes ballistic for some good jams. She’ll say pump it up Mom this is a good one! She loves the Sing Movie soundtrack, Believer by Imagine Dragons, Despacito, Brown Eyed Girl & so many more.

    Last but not least HUGS Hugs and more Hugs (I’m a hugger so she learned from the best!)

    Xo Lendy
    http://www.twoplusluna.com

  5. Sara says...

    I sent my husband a text the other day saying that I will be so sad when our four year old stops saying, “Ta-Da!” every time she poops.
    She is also fascinated by the paper mill down the river from us. We were driving by it and she said, “Huh! I figured it out! That’s where they make clouds!” (Because of the billowing smoke/steam from the stack).

    • When my daughter stopped asking me to hold her hands when she went to the bathroom, it crushed me. At the time it seemed so bizarre (like we were praying or something), and it felt like a nuisance. But of course, now she’s so big (first grade) and wants my help with NOTHING… so there ya go.

  6. Bethany says...

    My almost 4 year old’s best friend and neighbor down the hall is moving to a new house with a yard on the other side of town. Over the weekend was the first time we were going to go see the house, and a few hours before going, the mom sent me a picture of her daughter in the kiddie pool to entice my daughter. Close by was one of those plastic play houses, also in the picture. Half hour later, she says in all seriousness, ‘mom, but, do you think we will all fit in their new house?’ I didn’t catch on and answered something like yes of course, it’s bigger than our apartment, there’s lots of space. ‘But will they sleep there?’ Yes, yes, it’s their new home, etc etc…(I just figured the concept of moving was a bit difficult to grasp.)
    When we got there, she still thought the plastic play house was their new house and we all got a good laugh about it, as I hadn’t even realized where all the questions were coming from!

    • Hana says...

      Too funny :)

  7. Ramona says...

    My 1.5 year old loves it when I shake out the new garbage bag before putting it in the can. She always says “Mama!” afterward in this admiring tone of voice. It’s to the point where if I take the trash out while she’s not around I will wait to put the new bag in so that she doesn’t miss it.

    • B says...

      Oh my gosh! Hahah this is my favourite! I love how they’re SUPER impressed by funny little things ??

  8. Bria says...

    Diamonds!! Seriously though, my niece is fascinated by them.. I guess they’re sparkly? Just the other day I was helping her practice counting on my fingers and she’s like “No, I want your ring!” When my husband gave me a diamond necklace for our anniversary, the first time I wore it around her she became obsessed.. so funny. =)

  9. S. Krishna says...

    What a sweet post! Also, where is your couch from?!

  10. Tracy says...

    My 3-year-old son wonders why he can often hear owls hooting in the early morning even though they are nocturnal. In his words, “They must be singing their babies to sleep still.”

    • Dhia Marie says...

      This is so sweet.. I “awww”-ed out loud.

  11. anna says...

    my 3 year old loves to ask people whether they could “run away from a…” lion, bear etc. The amazing thing is that he will sit for a long time and listen to their responses. He is completely fascinated by it.

    • Dhia Marie says...

      Aw! Just too funny :)

  12. Chelsey says...

    My son (almost 4)
    Is really getting into baking/cooking with me and we made a crisp yesterday with rhubarb from the garden. He was very impressed with the whole endeavour. He took a bite when it was finally finished and cool, he put down his spoon, looked at his bowl, shook his year, took a big dramatic sigh and said “this is so healthy and good!” I couldn’t stop giggling which then sent us into a fit of laughter.
    I’m constantly writing down the hilarious things he says lately. It’s just too cute!

    Lovely post.

  13. Olga says...

    I just got a step stool for my almost 4 year old daughter: she is OBSESSED with it and is constantly volunteering to help us get things from high shelves (well… high for her).
    Also:
    -scissors
    -piñatas
    -watering the plants (and almost drowning the poor things)
    -playing with my make-up tools but not using actual make-up because “little girls with make-up look funny” (that’s what I tell her)

    She sometimes snaps when I press the elevator button instead of her, but sometimes she doesn’t, and sometimes she says she’s too tired to press the buttons, and sometimes she presses every single button in the elevator… Elevators make me nervous.

  14. Jenny says...

    I have to comment on this picture with the ukulele above, even though it’s a little off-topic. Our 4yo daughter received the ukulele above for Christmas last year (per your suggestion, Joanna!) and she thought it was pretty cool, but then something unexpected happened. My 2yo son was able to reach it from his crib where we hung it on the wall (oops). All of a sudden, we’d hear tings and plucks from his room after bedtime. He had started his own bedtime ritual of strumming himself to sleep! My husband and I now have the sweetest photos of him sound asleep, ukulele draped across his tummy, blankies askew. <3

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that is the sweetest thing, jenny! aww, be still my heart :)

  15. Your sister in law’s post made me laugh out loud. Nothing makes parenting more appealing (and less daunting) to me than when I see other parents keeping it real, keeping it humorous and still full of love, and being self deprecating. Thanks :)

  16. Olivia says...

    My four-year-old nephew comes to my house for piano lessons once a week. On the day when he discovered that the piano bench could open, he put some beads and a little rock that he likes in the bench. Now, when he comes for his lesson, he likes to check on his things inside the bench. It’s a treasure box for him.

    • Awwwww! That is ineffably sweet! :)

  17. Katie says...

    This is adooorrrable. Love that they can stay up late for chips sometimes, lol.

  18. Oh!! thank you for this post! I just had my first baby (a son) on Father’s Day, and the feelings and the love I’m experiencing one week in are almost unbearably good. My husband and I are giddy all day and night just looking at him, fascinated by all his expressions and noises (after being in the hospital for 3 days with no sleep, I was a little delirious and would laugh until I cried whenever he pooped loudly). Seeing this made me realize it’s only going to get better! YAY!

  19. Leanne says...

    True story: I had my grandma name picked out before I even picked out names for my own kids and it’s 100% going to be COOKIE!

    Where would you rather go? Granny’s house or Cookie’s house.

    • Sara says...

      This is amazing!!! I might steal this idea…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg i LOVE this!

    • This makes me SO HAPPY. :)

    • Kat says...

      My favorite grandma’s nickname was cookie!!! We LOVED her and she was our favorite :)

  20. My daughter (3) saw a frog jumping in the garden. She was over the moon and almost kissed it! *.*

  21. Wuselbibi says...

    My daughter loves to pretend she is a dog. Or a horse, or a winged horse or a winged horse that can fly, as opposed to being a winged horse that can NOT fly. Or a unicorn with or without wings, that can fly or not. You get IT ? Then, of course, there are colours of the horse/unicorn. She simply loves that everything is her own decision!
    Also, she delights in every new toy/book/garment. She asks me with every single new item “Mama!!! Did you buy that for MEEEEEEEE??” Please imagine the surprised and delighted face, even when she was with me buying the thing one Day earlier. So cute ?

    My son is 6.5 years and loves the “Where’s Waldo?”-books. He discovered one at the library 3 years ago, and they’ve been in our house on constant rotation. I would’ve bought them, but ceased – he loves the surprise in the library, and I’m convinced his joy wouldn’t be the same if the books were constantly available! I experienced similar reaction to toys- they tend to be interesting for far too short time. We are practicing the “lending” principle with one family, whose children are our children’s best friends. And it’s awesome!! They love choosing toys or books they want to borrow their friends. Every playdate ends with the kids looking for something they want to give their friend.
    I know they learn so much: responsibility, care for foreign belongings and generosity.
    However, I’d recommend to only do this with one or two families- it gets out of hand pretty fast otherwise!

    Another thing my daughter loves: my upper arms. She caresses them, strokes and sniffs… but only at bedtime. And when ill or something hurts. Winter was hard for her and she was truly delighted when spring brought my shirts back “finally they are open again”. I hope the translation is right, of course she said it in German “endlich sind sie wieder auf”.

    I might come back with more…

    Love the post and the comments. This is what’s important to remember, and there’s little time to contemplate and reminisce!

  22. Deb says...

    I often wish your comments section had a “like” button so I could like all the comments that make me smile :-).

    • Sara says...

      Agreed!

    • Alexandra says...

      Seconded!

    • Rachel says...

      ME TOO! I want to like so many of these.

    • Lia says...

      Count me in! Some of these are pure gold!

    • Me too! I am pregnant with my first baby, and am DYING over all of these comments. I want to like them ALL! :)

  23. Emily says...

    I painted my nails for the first time in a very long time today. I used Ariel Gordon’s Candy Crush polish, which is pure glitter. My 22 month old daughter noticed my nails at dinner, reached for my hand, kissed my fingertips and proceeded to hold my hand and play with my nails for the rest of dinner. It was just the sweetest thing.

  24. After over 4 years of marriage, I finally changed my last name today (procrastinating is my superpower). I met up with my
    Husband and kids afterwards and I told my son, who will be 4 in a week and a half, that we have the same last name. His face just lit up. He said “you’re a Meier and daddy is a Meier and Neve is a Meier and I am too!” And then we cheers-ed my coffee and his juice. It was so sweet.

    The day before that was the first day in about 6 months hat my husband and I had off together. We had a long car ride and stopped at a brewery for beer and hot dogs. Sitting in the sun together, my son looked at me and said “this is the perfect day.” I seriously melted

    • Elizabeth says...

      I just teared up at this.

  25. Andrea says...

    I love this! Your sister-in-law’s post made me laugh so hard!

    I have a 10-week old and we just went out of town for a week to a fabulous cabin resort. She snoozed through every pontoon ride and toe dips in the heated pool immediately put her to sleep, but she was totally infatuated by the ceiling fans in the cabin’s living room and bedroom. She’d smile these bright, beaming smiles at them, coo and squeal to them, and turn her head to look at them when she wasn’t directly facing one. Love that something I totally take for granted can make her so happy. It’s the little things, right? :)

    • Katie says...

      My 4 mo old is OBSSSED with ceiling fans. The bigger, the better! My husband and I have taken to noticing what resturants have the most and biggest, because it guarantees us a semi-adult, hopefully-meltdown-free dinner together!

    • Michelle says...

      My friends call their fan “Uncle Ceiling Fan” — he keeps the baby occupied for quite a while!

      My five month old daughter is really into our dining room chandelier, which is on a dimmer switch!

  26. Janae says...

    My youngest son (4) just discovered the funny noise made by talking into a fan. It was so fun to watch him because I remember the same delight I experienced as a kid when I figured that out:) My oldest son (6) has discovered the tradition of throwing coins into fountains. Yesterday, while driving in the car, he asked: “Mom, do you think my wish will come true if I throw this coin in a fountain?” I replied, “I’m not sure, Buddy” to which he responded, “Well…could you ask Siri?” LOL!

    • Leah says...

      I might’ve just asked Siri. Who, effectively, Googled that for me… ?

    • Hahaha, this is fantastic! “Could you ask Siri?” I die!

    • Lia says...

      Hahaha so funny!!!

    • Sara says...

      My three-year old has repeatedly asked if Siri would read his bedtime story.

  27. Kat says...

    Two boys two and almost two!

    Everything about Costco- the walk in fridges, the giant ceiling fans, the food samples, etc.

    And my oldest is into the moon these days. That is out during the day, that is not where it was the day before. But my favorite was the other day he called me “mama, mama come look outside!” And when I get there “look the moon is broken, but it’s ok, you can fix it” I tried explaining I couldn’t, then a few days later “did you fix it?” I love this cute age where he thinks I can fix the world!

    • How divine is your little one thinking you can fix the moon. Love that so much :-)

    • Lia says...

      This is the sweetest thing, how adorable!

  28. My 5 year old Siegfried loves the sun because he can play endlessly while my 3 year old Liam loves the moon and says that the sun is such a bully. :D

  29. Anna says...

    My year and a half old can’t get enough of:

    Evergreen cones
    Babies
    Watering the flowers
    Making a funnel out of her hands and shouting “SOUP!” when I serve it to her.

  30. Airplane contrails in the sky were adored by my boys when they were young. “Look, there’s an X in the sky!”

  31. Natalie says...

    I love this! As I was reading the I thought, “I wonder what the world would be like if adults let themselves be enchanted by things on this list?” It’s totally doable, don’t you think? Might help us slow down and feel at ease.

    xx

    • Katie says...

      Having a baby has done this for me!

    • Kat says...

      Honestly, this is something I’m looking forward to when I have kids!

    • Hannah says...

      It’s possible! Just this week I was at the park alone around dusk and noticed there was not a single cloud in the sky. Not even one wisp. And the horizon was a wonderful pale pink. It was so beautiful and I was completely in awe

  32. Nina says...

    Potential remedy for your sister’s son’s (highly relatable!) level 10 tantrum over a broken banana when you just don’t feel like dealing: Reshape it. You just say, “Oh, it broke? I’ll get another.” Go into the kitchen, take a paring knife, and sharpen that puppy up! Works like a charm (almost) every time.

  33. Liv says...

    My 5-year-old is a classic. He has a little cigar box full of random odds and ends- rocks, sequins, pieces of glass he believes are priceless jewels- just today my husband gave him a bottle cap and he was in awe- he said, ‘I’ve been looking for one of these my whole life!’- at church my boys have a hard time sitting still so I whispered to them that there was a top secret lab with a war tank behind the pulpit and the lights overhead have lasers in them. I have never seen them so excited- they also love bedtime kisses and make up new ones every night- last night I rolled them back and forth like corn on the cob nibbling down their sides- and they loved it- and my littlest squeezes my arms and calls them his little chubby dumplings- he says it with such affection that I can’t help but laugh.

  34. Lauren says...

    No wonder adulthood is such an overwhelming disappointment!!

    • Erica says...

      I almost spit my coffee on my computer reading this. YOU’RE SO RIGHT.

  35. Amy H says...

    This post embodies so much of what I love about Cup of Jo!

  36. kb says...

    omg so many. my boys are 5 and almost 3.

    marbles
    checking the mailbox
    catching a glimpse of the moon during the day
    lobsters in the tank at the seafood store
    breakfast for dinner
    flashlights
    american flags
    the do-it-yourself car wash
    finding rocks for their rock collections (there are so many rocks in my car…)
    bringing our cat to the “cat doctor”
    their babysitter that’s a BOY. they go nuts when he comes over.

  37. Carrie says...

    These comments are exactly why kids are so awesome. So free to express their passions

  38. Charlotte K says...

    I laugh-snorted out loud on the bus when I read about the flight attendant named Cookie who was also serving cookies. OUT LOUD.
    But–that means they are noticing things, which is a very important quality to have. I love it when you share these stories with us.

  39. Teresa says...

    My kids are 16, 12, and 10 and they are still thrilled by:
    cats
    pajama day
    door bell ringing

    :)

  40. Megan says...

    2 year old daughter:
    slippery bars of soap
    lit elevator buttons
    everyone’s shoes
    that my eyes are blue and hers are brown <3
    screaming "Papa!" every time he passes a window while mowing the lawn
    everything purple
    ROLY POLIES!

  41. kiki says...

    My son, 3.5, mistook the Zamboni at the ice rink for a RAMboni. It really is a much better name. And man are those things the highlight of every trip to the mall!

  42. I really hope Cookie is reading this.

    • Charlotte K says...

      me too!!!

  43. Marlena says...

    I just want to comment on this photo of your boys and how ridiculously awesome this shot is. These are the moments that enchant ME, my babies in their element, rockin’ their little guitars or dancing around my living room singing silly songs and giggling. This photo is so precious and captures so beautifully one of those little fantastic moments.

  44. Jenia says...

    My 1y 9m old is fascinated by fountains, coins, plane safety instructions, stones, and her own belly button

  45. Emily says...

    My almost two-year-old is fascinated by any kind of yard work, but she really lives to pull weeds. So much so, that if my husband or I are outside and not pulling weeds, she will fetch gardening gloves and lead us to a weedy patch, chanting “pull weeds!!” until we oblige.

    • Kirsty says...

      Aw I love this! I bet your garden is always very tidy ;)

  46. Anna says...

    My son (5) threw a level 10 tantrum because life is so unfair. Why? because he is the only one having to smell his evil farts when he passes gas in bed … life is tough

    • Annie says...

      He’s going to be a GREAT husband someday. ??

  47. Cara says...

    This is the sweetest post! Love the tracing letters on backs, so lovely. My kids (6, 6, and 2) love playing “Party in the USA” on repeat (like 10 times in a row) and dancing their hearts out. Getting sprayed by the backyard hose never gets old. They also love painting rocks for our succulent garden, pushing the cart at the grocery store, and picking out a crazy vegetable or fruit at the farmer’s market.

  48. Just last night, a bit after we put 3 year-old Lulu to bed we heard her yelping a bit. My husband went in. She said, “There’s a butterfly in my bed!” He looked, and there was, indeed, a moth (gross). But she LOVED it. “Maybe it wasn’t a butterfly, but a lost fairy!!” Plus, she got to see Daddy dance around the room trying to catch it. BONUS.
    It’s so true that children look for magic in everything.

  49. I’m not a parent yet, but that cookie served by Cookie thing definitely got me!

  50. Jane B. says...

    I laughed out loud about the three things your sister couldn’t fix for J. The banana one in particular. I, too, hate it when my banana breaks!

  51. Amy says...

    My girls (4 and 6) love to PEE IN THE BACKYARD! They urge often arises while they are having fun running through the sprinklers and their method for getting me to let them just pee on the grass is to explain how messy it would be for them to trek into the house all wet. It’s a great argument, considering I’m super fussy and OCD! My 4 year old is also obsessed with dogs. She sits on the porch and just waits for dogs to walk past (which is often, as there is a big park at the end of our block) and begs the owner to let her pet them. She has great petting manners (always let the dog sniff your hand first, and then pet gently) and loves to brag to the owners about her excellent dog skills. She’ll spend all evening out there if I let her.

    • Sarah says...

      Aw, this is really sweet!

  52. Val says...

    For my almost four yr old girl:
    Hotels (and being allowed to jump on the hotel beds)
    Paw patrol
    Petit Suisse yogurt/cheese
    Sand
    Dogs
    Daddy (except when she needs to be comforted by Mommy)
    I love this age and all the funny things she says.

  53. Allyson says...

    This got me right in the pregnant feels. I’ve always loved your Motherhood Around the World series and now that I’m expecting my first baby in October, these beautiful glimpses you share into your world with Toby and Anton make me SO EXCITED to have my own kiddo.

  54. Teresa says...

    My daughter (2.5) is really keen on having privacy while using the potty. I taught her not to open stall doors in public bathrooms — especially while I’m using it — by explaining that privacy is something we need when we do things that we don’t want everyone to see. Since then, she’ll insist on getting up on her bare bum just to close the bathroom door.

    The other day, my husband was putting her to bed and noticed that she was quieter than usual. He asked if she was okay. She said: “I’m fine. I just need some privacy.” That made me laugh so hard. I guess she needed some alone time to discuss finer details of the day with her teddy bears.

    • Michelle says...

      My 3-year-old nephew’s response when he’s told not to follow people into the bathroom because they need privacy: “My privacy, too?”

  55. Ing says...

    My 18 month old delights in:
    Kissing strangers
    Giving high fives to the grocery checkout girls
    The little bath time capsules that turn into sponges. $2 for 16 at the Dollar store, endless happiness…
    Farting ( like his Dad)
    Any animals
    Being a ” big boy”. ( I am not so into this!)

  56. Jen says...

    Honestly, this item delighted me as an adult as well ;-)

    “When the flight attendant who gave them cookies was also NAMED COOKIE”

  57. Holly says...

    It really is amazing. Crazy but also amazing. My 2 year old eats a banana every morning and every morning there is a problem. If I cut it, he wants it whole, if I peel it he wants it cut… we call them the “banana tantrums” lol

  58. Briana says...

    My daughter is 17 months and she adores whenever my husband and I kiss or embrace. If she looks up and catches us this huge smile lights up her face.

    If we hug then she drops whatever she is doing and runs over as fast as she can, arms up, to get in the middle of it and turning to each of us with huge smiles. It is the sweetest thing and I am trying to get all my enjoyment out of it before she turns into a teenager and wants nothing to do with us ha ha.

    • Jackie says...

      This is THE sweetest thing!

    • This is SO stinkin heart warming.

    • Sara says...

      I love this. My husband and I can never hug uninterrupted. One (or both) kid(s) always join in – and if the kids aren’t around, the dog jumps up on us!!! Pretty funny.

    • Briana says...

      Sara, so funny right! It’s like they think you are leaving them out.

  59. Tara says...

    I love this post and the comments! For a little while now my one year old has loved when my husband or I manually grind our coffee beans–he tries to motion his arms in the same way. (He also does the same thing when I turn on our blender). I recently had a similar experience to your sister-in-law’s situation with the banana–my almost 4 year old was mad I started peeling his banana. He also fusses if I peel off the top of a yogurt container–he wants to do it. Thing’s he’s currently loving right now are any and all bugs/worms, and how an asteroid hit the earth and made all the dinosaurs die 65 million years ago.

  60. Lauren Tremper says...

    Just today my three year old, Florence, was looking out the window and saw the wind blowing through the trees and she said, “Look mama, the trees are sparkling”.

    It’s always the tiny things like that, and it makes you want to stop and try with all your might to file that exact moment away to remember when they’re 23 instead of 3.

    • Cara says...

      Beautiful!

  61. Rebecca says...

    Band aids! My 2 and a 1/2 yr old son just learned that boo boos get bandaids. He got a poke at the doctor and the nurse put on a fun colored bandaid which was thrilling. He walked around with his finger pointed out, staring at the bandaid ALL DAY. The next day when he skinned his knee, he told me he needed a bandaid, which i quickly brought to him. No mom — not on the knee…on the finger. My son made me put the bandaid for his skinned knee on his finger. :)

    • Rebekah says...

      Oh good lord…my children put Band-Aids on everything. Foot itches? Bandaid. Water was too hot when washing hands? Bandaid. A gnat landed on your face? BANDAID. We go through a box a week, I think.

  62. Jennifer Smith says...

    My four year old is pretty focused on the food we eat. If we have chicken, or beef, or even fish, he is fascinated by the fact that someone went out, caught an animal, killed it, and then sold it to us! We have, of course, broken this down in easy steps he can understand but now, without fail, he will ask in a confirming way: “So, mommy, someone went out and killed this ____, and we bought it from them?” Haha.

    • Zoe says...

      Honestly, this is a pretty crazy concept when you think about it like that!

  63. beth says...

    My 3.5 yo son LOVES to play pretend right now. Usually it’s some version of “Mommy, pretend you’re a little girl doing _______”. So I’ll pretend to be walking, driving in a car, etc. and he’ll then become some sort of animal (T. Rex is currently his top choice) or vehicle (a loud ambulance usually) and will let the “little girl” know their presence (being very loud, stomping, etc) so that I stop and say “Whoa what’s that?!”. Then we go round and round with the back and forth, figuring out what the pretend thing is up to (helping me, scaring me?). He absolutely loves it.

    He also asks me when he can be 2 again, because he misses being 2. Oh and he really wanted to be a mommy on Mother’s Day (to get a present) and a daddy on Father’s Day (same reason). Kids are the best :D

  64. Courtney says...

    My daughter is is 10 months and know that we play music in the kitchen so every time she crawls into the kitchen she starts thrusting her hips and shaking her booty! I’ve never had so many dance parties and each one is better than the next!

  65. Laura says...

    My 4 year old nephew is the sweetest little boy. We joke that he talks like an old man. Right now he’s really into sunsets. The other day while riding his scooter in the evening said, “It looks like there will be a beautiful sunset tonight.”
    He also said to his mother during his birthday party, “Thank you so much for my party Mommy! I’m having so much fun. This is the best birthday ever!” Honestly, what 4 year old talks like that?
    My other nephew, who is 2.5, saw me drinking seltzer from a straw, stopped dead in his tracks, and asked, “why are you using a straw?” I asked why not and he said, “straws are for big boys and you’re a grown-up.” I love that in his sweet little mind, you’re either a baby, a big boy, or a grown-up and only big boys use straws.

    • Yulia says...

      Oh, that is just darling! I find it so charming when kids say things we expect to hear from an adult’s mouth.

  66. Julia says...

    Wonderful occasion to think about my boys other than organizing our daily life… So: they adore the hose at hot summer days and whenever they see one, they could spend hours watching a chinese fortune cat with her slow-moving paw beckoning.
    The 5 yr old cannot wait to be a teenager so that he, too, is able to ride with his mountain bike accompanied by some cool loud music from his audio player and to buy potato chips and coke with his pocket money :-)

  67. Stephanie says...

    We live on a bus line and my 17-month-old rushes to the window any time he hears a bus roll by. The thrill never wears off, even though they come every 5 minutes during peak hours. HOWEVER, he cried the entire time when I brought him on an actual bus ride last week. Apparently they are only fascinating/safe/fun from a distance. My bad, confusing little human. My bad.

    • Dhia Marie says...

      Aw! Made me smile. Loved “confusing little human.”

  68. Kim says...

    Bugs, water, books and mirrors. Rabbits on the lawn, snails in the garden and anything related to a bike.

  69. Lana says...

    Hotels (my almost three year old calls them show-n-tells!)
    Rabbits in the yard
    Helen Keller (my seven year old just discovered her and she and her little sister play Helen Keller for hours. This consists of walking around with their eyes closed and terrifying me that someone’s going to fall!)
    Their grandmas gold filling
    My husband’s tattoos

  70. Betsy says...

    My 4 year old loves orange cars (which are somewhat unusual, I guess) and points them out wherever we go. Every orange car is like winning that day to her.

  71. When she throws something on the floor. Then she excitedly asks “Whereisit?” as though the item is now in a completely mysterious location! :)

  72. Stefanie says...

    We usually make homemade pizza; but if we don’t want to cook we’ll order and pick up from the local pizzeria (2 blocks away). My mom recently watched the kids and had it delivered. The kids were dumbfounded that “a boy brought the pizza right to the front door!!”

    • that’s really cute. It still amazes me all the food you can get delivered in the US. I’m from a small city in Mexico and you can only get pizza delivered there. Here is the Us is whatever you want! I really like that.

  73. Meg says...

    We just moved to the Netherlands and the transition has been challenging in many ways for my 2 and 4 year old. But we hung a prism in the window of our living room and it gets good light all day and the kids just lose their minds trying to catch the rainbows dancing good naturedly all over the walls. They are convinced that we live in a fairy apartment.

  74. My 4.5-year-old daughter has recently fallen madly in love with eating apples whole (versus cut up in slices). The other day, while munching on one, she exclaimed, “Mom, I mean, have you ever eaten an apple before?!?!?!” Like I’ve been holding out on this magical part of life :)

    • Meredith Bone says...

      Oh, this made me laugh so much! ?

    • Aya says...

      Laugh crying about this.

  75. Lucy S says...

    My 2 year old had a full on meltdown last week because…wait for it… “I don’t want ice cream Mummy!”

    Got to be a first.

    Things she loves:

    The hose (we just had a heatwave in the UK so she’d play with it every day).

    Seeing the moon in the day.

    Aeroplanes- she wants to be a pilot.

    Roundabouts.

    Blackberries- when will they come? How many will there be?

    • Lucy S says...

      Oh, and my 3 month old boy just LOVES being naked… it’s hilarious, nappy off and the giggles start.

  76. *Looking at herself in the mirror
    *Seeing CHICKENS! or DUCKS!
    *Stones of any kind
    *Having sun cream (or as she calls it “ice cream”!) rubbed into her arms
    *Pushing her stroller herself, rather than sitting in it and being pushed
    * “Cuddling” cats (the poor cats often look a bit stressed)
    * Pushing the button for the elevator!

  77. Jenna says...

    My two boys, 3 and 4, will actually fight over whether my hair should be down or up in a ponytail. The 3yo LOVES when I wear my hair down and loves to stroke my hair and say how much he loves me. But the 4yo tells me how pretty it is when it’s up and how beautiful I look. Either way, it’s the most wonderful feeling to be adored by these two amazing little boys (and their 3mo old brother too)!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, i wish there were a “like” button for this comment!

    • MBH says...

      That is really sweet! I have two boys and for some reason they 100% don’t notice or care how I look. If my husband says “doesn’t mommy look nice?” they yell ‘ew! no!’ and run away laughing. So…..I’m not quite the princess in my house I dream of being ;)

    • Gen says...

      So awesome. How do they know?! I swear my office mates and husband won’t notice at all but my 3 and 5yo always compliment me on a new top or dress or jewelry. I wonder where they get the instinct to compliment from, if someone’s modeling that for them or it’s just 100% genuine.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha yes gen! my boys are always like “did you get a delicious haircut???” or “what did you do to your eyes?” (if i have eyeshadow on). it’s amazing haha, little kids just know their moms, i guess :)

  78. HOTELS! My 3-year-old was completely thrilled about our stop at a random hotel during a roadtrip a few months ago. The hallways! The lobby! The “tiny refrigerator” in the room! It all seemed so magical that it actually made it a lot easier to be away from home.

  79. Day. Freaking. Made. OH I love this stuff. (I, too, once dreamed of a bed I have yet to manifest; so, three year old J, I totally feel your pain.)

  80. Rob says...

    Those tantrums are precious! The banana breaking is a big one round my house. I use it as an opportunity to explain my bastardized version of the second law of thermodynamics, which is that natural processes can’t reverse themselves – that is, the world tends to break bananas, not put them back together.

    :)

    • Alanna says...

      HAHAHA I love this. Start them young…

  81. Tami says...

    My 5 year old son is OBSESSED with Uber’s and taxi’s.
    We were in Maui recently (Maui!!) and all he cared about was when we would be taking our next Uber.

  82. That photo is priceless.
    Mine: chestnuts, colored leaves in the fall, sand, snails (would talk to them), any hiding place.

  83. Fern says...

    My 19mo is obsessed with 1×1 inch author photos on the back of paperback books. He pulls Eat, Pray, Love off of the shelf just to study the tiny photo of Elizabeth Gilbert on the back. He’s also in an excellent phase where every object is a phone, no matter the size. Block phone, crayon phone, popcorn kernel phone, they all get held up to the side of his face and he goes “alololalo?” It’s the best.

    • Holly says...

      Yes! My 18 month old daughter turns everything into a phone too! I love eavesdropping on her conversations ?

    • Char says...

      Yes! Everything is a phone! No matter what she’s calling him, mine always calls her grandfather. The conversation is almost always a variation of “Hiiiieeeee Papa! Eisee, papa, park, apples, yes! Kay, byeeeeee! Seeeeeya”
      So cute!

    • Cynthia says...

      Fern, Holly, and Char…umm, I think you are moms on your phone too much in front of your children. Children mimic and play what they see and “know” and if everything is becoming a phone, it’s pretty obvious what they’re modeling. As you can read in these comments, children are incredible sense organs and soaking in the world like a sponge. What do you want them to see and learn about this wonderful world?

    • Anna says...

      My kid is also obsessed with author photos, as well as the thumbnail promotions of additional books on the back of the current one she is reading.

    • Yulia says...

      It’s charming that they’re mimicking phone conversations! My little niece does this too. I grew up in a different country from my grandparents and aunts, and I always remember my Mom with the phone on her shoulder as she cooked or watered the plants or worked around the house. I grew up thinking phone calls were a special way to “be” with family that we couldn’t see in person, and it always seemed so magical and adult to talk through a phone.

      Cynthia–these mamas are modeling the act of connecting with people via actual phone conversations instead of texting or Facebook or some other staring-at-the-smartphone behavior. I think that’s a good thing, don’t you? :)

  84. Carol Wayne says...

    My grown son remembers when we moved to Texas and there are towns named Richardson and Carrollton…my husband’s and my names…why didnt we live in one of them. We took care of our grandson last week and one day while eating lunch he saw me eating an apple and wanted some….I peeled and chopped one up for him and he loved it…the next day he was walking around the kitchen and spyed the apples in a bowl on the counter, stopped dead in his tracks, pointed and made the sign for MORE!!

  85. Jo says...

    My 6 yo is very into animals, especially the wild, carnivorous kind.
    And is fascinated by animal attacks (yikes!).

    He asks for at least 1 animal attack story every day and now I’ve resorted to making up my own (“a man entered the polar bear exhibit at a zoo in Germany and guess what?” the mama bear pounced on him”. Followed by his over-dramatic “mannnnnn”, “whoaaaaaa” etc.)

    He is very gentle with animals he comes across (adopted a pet spider that lives in our garage, begs for a dog etc), so hope all is well on the inside :-/

    • Abby W. says...

      Check out the Animal vs. Animal series of books! They’re great and discuss facts about both animals before laying out which one would win in a fight. They’re about middle school level, so he might not be able to read them independently, but they’re awesome!

  86. For my just-turned-2-year-old it’s: rolling his little trains up and down his back, playing “tent” in our bed, fluffy clouds (“pretty sky today, mommy!”), feeding treats to our guinea pigs, watching the street cleaning trucks on Monday mornings, any construction site, smelling flowers, visiting the chickens at the community garden down the street, and adding seasonings to whatever I’m cooking. :)

  87. Emma says...

    My former client (eight years old) thought it was SO funny that my husband is in school. No amount of explaining helped her understand that grad school is not the same deal as elementary school!
    My six month old has recently started dissolving into tears the second something goes wrong. Like if I take anything of value away or give him the next spoonful of food a millisecond too late. It’s so sweet/funny to me to find out how important seemingly little things are to a baby! Right now he is enchanted by his own reflection and being outside (an instant cure for tears and a sure way to induce crying when we head indoors again!!).

  88. Laura C. says...

    The BROKEN BANANA. I’m not alone in this!!!

  89. Alex says...

    My 21 month old currently goes crazy for bubbles, drinking from a water fountain, and taking her shoes off to walk barefoot in grass. She is also obsessed with a new episode of Sesame Street where the little sheep ‘Ovejita’ gets a jetpack and flies up high in the sky during a game of tag with Abby the fairy. Whenever we go outside now she looks all around and up in the sky calling, “Ovejiiiiitaaaa?! Where are youuuu???” over and over over. It cracks me up and makes me remark outloud often, “Slow down time!” She’s growing up so quickly.

    • Allison says...

      Oh my goodness, my 21 month old daughter is obsessed with that episode too! She loves to say “Ohhh-tita! Abby Abby Abby” and then point to the sky and say “Up high!”

  90. Lorraine says...

    my 4-year-old’s world revolves around trains and city streets. anytime we see a train anywhere he lets us know which engine from “Thomas & friends” it is!

    he’s now extremely obsessed with maps, and is memorizing the entire city map. he loooves when we drive down streets that we’ve only ever seen on google maps.

  91. Jennifer says...

    My mom gave my sons (ages 2.5 and 4.5) some large, rainbow coloured pinwheels that she got at a dollar store. They’re on long wooden sticks so we stuck them in the ground in our yard. I can not begin to describe how BANANAS our boys went when the wind blew and turned the pinwheel. Dinners would be interrupted as they left the table and charged outside to check on the spinning when they caught a glimpse of them spinning. Any dinner guests quickly learned to prepare for the ear-splitting shrieks of delight that would inevitably follow a quick breeze.

    A week prior I had “shazamed” a song that my son was curious about when we heard it over the speakers at a restaurant. I was expecting him to be impressed. “Isn’t that cool? I just used my phone to find the song for us!” but apparently technology is not impressive if you were born in 2012. Pinwheels, though. Those are something to freak out about.

    • joe says...

      So sweet!!!

    • Sarah says...

      The best story

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha LOVE this!

  92. Nicole says...

    love that couch! can you share where you got it, or something similar?

  93. Jamie Brinkley says...

    My little guy is currently only 3 months old, but by far the easiest way to rock his world right now is to put him within eyesight of the mobile hanging above his crib! I made his mobile – out of a stick from a tree in our back yard and colorful pom poms made from yarn scraps – but I had NO IDEA it would be his favorite thing ever. It’s so endearing to watch while he’s a little peeved about getting his diaper changed, and then he’ll catch the mobile out of the corner of his eye across the room, and his face just lights up with glee and he starts giggling! So adorable! That and boobs are pretty much it for him right now!

  94. Emm says...

    There are 127 days until Hallowe’en. I know this because my three year old is obsessed and she doesn’t even know about the candy! We always have to visit the “spooky” section in the library. Recently, she has become really enamoured with Scooby Doo. Zoinks!

    • That’s so adorable. My 3-year old niece is obsessed with skeletons and insists on wearing her Halloween skeleton pajamas all the time (with fluffy princess skirts, no less!). It’s so fascinating to see what sparks their interests at that age.

  95. Jen says...

    This is fabulous. Brings back memories, makes our everyday feel more tangible and makes me say, “YES! My kids too!” (esp the back letters). Thank you.

    • Jen says...

      PS I’m going to have to stop reading everyone’s comments or I’ll start crying at work!!!

  96. You know how a credit card company will send you junk mail with a fake credit card inside? My 8 year old daughter goes BANANAS for those. She has a wallet and puts them all inside. When we plan trips, she says “We can use my Delta SkyMiles card!”
    She also goes nuts when she sees someone wearing something I own: “Mama, that lady has YOUR SAME SHOES!”

    • that’s so funny i love it.

  97. Char says...

    Love this post!
    My daughter is almost 2. It’s so fun to watch her explore and learn, and discover likes and dislikes. Her current favorite things:
    Bubbles
    Apples
    Picking “flowers” (dandelions)
    Things that are purple
    The number 8
    Buses, airplanes, helicopters
    Nail polish on toenails
    Pouring water onto the floor and then wiping up the water from the floor (which drives me crazy, but I figure eventually she will just spit wash the entire main floor, haha).

    • Char says...

      * spot wash, not spit wash

    • Miruska says...

      so much better as a spit wash :-)

    • Mel says...

      Oh, Char, let your daughter know that there is a two year old boy in Australia who shares her love of the number eight! My son points them out excitedly everywhere he sees them. Trips to the supermarket are like Christmas Day, with all the number eights everywhere. He also loves hearts and insists I draw them whenever we’re doing some colouring.

  98. Meg says...

    My step sons (ages 9 & 13) cannot get enough of Brooklyn 99 and specifically the character Jake Peralta. I had watched the show by myself for some time, and they didn’t seem interested in it at all (I’m definitely not considered a tastemaker in my household). Recently, probably attracted by the glowing TV, they caught part of an episode, and they couldn’t believe they had ever missed an episode and now, with their dad, are steadily making their way from season 1. It’s a total mystery to me how much they are attracted to it. They even specifically LOVE to say the production company tag lines at the end of each episode! It’s totally weird. (Some of the content has adult references, and that is just one of the many ways we’re probably ruining their character.)

    • Neill says...

      LOL…I also love saying the production company’s tagline at the end of Brooklyn 99 episodes! Something about that Ron Swanson voice I guess, haha!

  99. Becca says...

    20 mos:
    Dogs
    The moon or anything vaguely crescent shaped
    Taking her shoes off and having her toes hosed off after the beach. She just *sees* the hose and she immediately tries to take her shoes off while making a whooshing, “water coming out of hose” noise.

    4 years:
    Hotels
    Not having to take naps if she doesn’t feel like it (the freedom!!)
    The fact that her grandparents are my Mom and Dad (and my husbands) – “So Papa is your Dad, right? But he’s my Papa? And not Daddy’s?” etc

    :-) Love them

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hotels! i remember feeling like the peak of my entire childhood was filling up the hotel ice bucket at the Holiday Inn.

    • brianna says...

      I’m almost 35 and hotels are still my favorite. There’s something novel about sleeping somewhere that isn’t my apartment.

    • Candace says...

      Hilarious! I remember the distinct look on my niece’s tiny three year old face when she figured out that I was not only her aunt but her mom’s SISTER and that her other aunt was also her MOM’s SISTER (just like her SISTER!)! Mind blown. It is SO GREAT. Love them sooo much.

    • Anu says...

      OMG yes, hotels. I remember staying in a hotel with my mom once when she was on a business trip. Getting to take a bubble bath in the hotel tub was just the best – I remembered that for years and years.

  100. Tammy Sutherland says...

    I love when my girls misunderstand things in the most fantastic ways.
    June (4.5 years old): “Where’s Daddy?”
    Me: “He’s taking a class?”
    June: “He’s at Violet’s school!?”
    Me: “No, it’s just a night class.”
    June: “Daddy’s going to be a KNIGHT!?”
    Makes me belly laugh until I cry! These are the moments that make it all worthwhile.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg hahhaha i loved this!!!!

    • BMP says...

      That’s too funny! For Father’s Day, my son (5 yrs old) and I made breakfast for daddy – Toad in the Hole! As we went upstairs to wake up daddy, my son yelled, “surprise, we made you a TOTEM POLE” lol!

  101. shannon says...

    Around Toby’s age, I went through a phase of fascination with how all my relatives were also related in different ways to one another.

    “Grandma is your MOM?!!!”
    “Uncle Steve is your brother? Wait, he’s dad’s brother? So is Aunt Kay your sister? What’s ‘in-law’?”

    Pretty sure we made several lengthy rounds through the family tree :)

  102. Sarah S says...

    My 18 month old is obsessed with bubbles. We broke down and bought one of those bubble machines from Target and her mind was blown. So. many. bubbles. Also – birds, butterflies, Pete the Cat, and finding elephants in her books when she is wearing PJs with elephants on them. She points to the pictures and then points to the elephants on her PJs. Repeatedly. She can’t go to bed without the elephant book if she’s wearing her elephant PJs.

  103. Mac says...

    I mean, so many things. The newly discovered bird nest in the attic (not great news to Mom and Dad..) that we can hear chirping from just the right spot in the hallway, if you’re so quiet. But in the same vein as your sister-in-law, my 2 year old had a good long cry this morning because “my have legs! My want big pink mermaid tail!”

  104. Ellen says...

    The day after my daughter’s birthday last week, she reached an exhausted breaking point at bath time. Between the sobbing and hysteria over seemingly nothing, (I think I put the mat in the tub for her), she finally managed to get a few words out… “It’s a little hard being four.” Isn’t that the truth! Some days it’s a little hard being thirty-four too.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a sweetheart!

    • Meghan says...

      Yes! The sweet four-year-old girl who I babysit said the same thing to me yesterday evening. Bless them.

    • kaela says...

      Hahahaha oh my goodness… So many sweet comments, but this one takes the cake for me.

  105. Gen says...

    My 3 and 5yos, now-ish:

    Our toy lawnmower, a hand-me-down from a neighbor.
    Stuffed animals large enough to throw their bodies onto.
    Gravity.
    Mylar helium balloons that defy gravity.
    Planets.
    Dwarf planets.
    The idea of the big bang.
    (We’ve been watching science videos on YouTube.)
    Everything they see that is their current favorite color.
    Rainbows.
    My earrings.
    My hair.
    Being naked.
    Being naked OUTSIDE.
    Back scratches.
    Mama time.
    Getting a haircut while sitting in a CAR! at the kids’ haircut place.
    Picking strawberries.
    Airplane rides.
    Grandma and Grandpa reading stories to them over Skype.

    Also, SO MANY THINGS!!!! Still, nearly everything is a new experience to them. And they find most of them delightful. Thanks for the reminder to focus on this, Joanna.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      being naked outside! so so so cute.

  106. Ashley F. says...

    My nine month old is becoming more fascinated by everything these days. Lately some of her favs are: door knobs, when we blow our noses, and if you look at her while raising your eyebrows. Her look of amazement is everything.

  107. Holly says...

    My husband equates our 18 month old daughter’s enthusiasm over pretty much everything with the excitement of a vacationer who just arrived at a resort. “Omg check out the pool! There’s a swim-up bar! Wow – 24 hour room service! No way, we have a private jacuzzi! Hey they’re having a limbo competition tonight!” When you think of it that way, there is novelty in everything. Reminds me of your post on slow parenting and giving kiddos the time to delight in that which interests them. Also, as a side note, my husband spent more than a year in Iraq on deployment and has reported being similarly fascinated with flushing toilets, running water, and other modern luxuries upon his (thankfully safe) return home. ?

  108. Rachel S. says...

    HA!!! I love the post from your sister-in-law. I have a 2.5 year old and can relate.

    Right now he loves all trains/train whistles.
    Any type of truck or construction equipment.
    Going to the coffee shop.
    PANCAKES!!!

  109. Erin says...

    a) The Trolls soundtrack
    b) Our new Amazon Echo, “Alexa, play the Trolls soundtrack”
    c) new clothes (3 year old girl)
    d) rediscovering a formerly-lost truck (5 year old boy)
    e) any bedtime story from their Dad

    Happiness…

    • Emily says...

      TO THIS DAY the best Christmas present I ever received was when Santa found my lost doll, Jennifer (80’s baby!), brushed her hair and washed her dress (I was 3).

      In retrospect I’m kind of like, mom, how long did you have that lost doll without telling me?! But she had a great flair for creating dramatic, magical, memorable childhood moments.

  110. Alexandra H. says...

    Oh, I love when you can see the wonder and awe in their eyes as they experience something new. We just held my nephew’s fourth birthday party yesterday. He is so enchanted with other children (he is an only child), every time he opened a card from a fellow kid, he would walk up to them and say “thank you Eliotte for the card!” or “thank you Elijah for the card.” He was amazed that his friends had thought of him this way. It was so sweet. Love that little guy.

    A couple others:
    *One Christmas morning we were playing with all of his new toys, he stopped and said, “thank you for all of the great toys.”
    *I love watching as he gets excited thinking about future plans. He gazes off, and always whispers his reply.

  111. Jenny T says...

    My 2 year old thinks the following things are hysterical or delightful:

    -Alpacas
    -Playing tag
    -Being wrapped up like a burrito in a big towel after a bath
    -The neighbor’s cat
    -Blowies (dandelions gone to seed)
    -When the barista makes her a coffee (a tiny steamed milk)

    • Gen says...

      OMG stealing the barista idea! Love that!

    • Myra says...

      Totally with your 2 year old on alpacas ( and I am only 40 years older ?)

    • The tiny steamed milk has a term here in Australia. It’s called Babychino! :) And it comes with a couple of marshmallows for the child to dunk in.

    • Jenny T says...

      Babychino! I love it!

  112. I lost it a bit at “his banana broke and I couldn’t fix it” LOOL

  113. Sasha says...

    Oh my gosh, if we ever saw someone like their librarian, dentist, dr, out in the world, at the grocery store or something, their minds were blown.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg YES! or teachers!! :)

    • Anna says...

      As a teacher, one of my great joys is weirding out a kid in my class when I see them at the grocery store.

  114. liz says...

    How long did they discuss Cookie handing them a cookie? Did they rehash it each time she walked by?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, absolutely. and they still talk about it. (it happened last fall hahaha)

  115. Sasha says...

    A three yo girl I nannied and I were hiking a trail and we saw a forest service crew heading up to work, on horseback. She asked one of the crew her horse’s name, “Goofball.” Forever after, “remember that time we met a horse named GOOFBALL!!!!”
    My own girls adored:
    Ducks
    Dogs
    The trash truck
    Popcorn
    Children’s librarians
    And if someone ever had their same birthday, that was pretty much the best thing ever.

  116. Jessica says...

    everything seems more official and important to my 6-year-old when written on looseleaf paper (which she refers to as “lucille paper”).

    • Becca says...

      Haha so cute!

  117. My two year old has just discovered what it means to pretend and she spends literally 100% of her day in character – usually as Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) or a fictional “Baby Penelope” (hearing her say “Penelope” has to be one of my favorite things ever) – yesterday, she took my purse and said she was “Mama” – she struggled so hard to stay in character and not call me Mama but had so much the whole evening. If we call her by her real name, even in passing, she’ll always correct us.

    Rachel

  118. Annie says...

    We recently bought my 2-year old a Spiderman fishing pole for our upcoming 4th of July cabin trip. His mind has been blown by the idea of fishing: taking it on the boat, putting a hook and worm on the line, putting it in the water, and catching a FISH! It is really a strange concept when you think about it being introduced to it for the first time! :)

  119. TNelly says...

    Explained to my daughter (10 y/o) that someday I will allow her to go to the local amusement park with her friends. Without me. She was psyched! She’s already looking forward to a little freedom, heart break.

  120. So cute when kids react to these things!

    xx, Miss Harwell

  121. Emily says...

    We bought a house last year and we have this hideous – and I mean HIDEOUS – etched glass front door, probably circa 1990s Walmart that I can not wait to replace. However, every day the setting sun beams through the filigreed diamonds and ovals, scattering a prism effect all over our walls. My 2.5-year-old daughter lives for this moment and shrieks, “I SEE A WAINBOW!!! I SEE TWO WAINBOWS, THWEE WAINBOWS!” and runs over, “I GO GET WAINBOWS FOR YOU, MAMA.” It’s heartbreakingly precious. I can’t bring myself to take that hiddy thing down, it’s this daily routine of pure magic.

    • Fern says...

      omg this is wonderful

  122. Laura says...

    My 17-month-old has just started clapping wildly when I come into her room in the morning. Makes me feel quite accomplished, in spite of my bedhead and pajamas. ?

    A lot of the new things sees (the sprinkler, our friend’s newborn, the neighbor’s cat) have been accompanied by an “Ooooooooh”, which nearly kills me every time.

  123. Cristina says...

    I love this! My four year old is currently obsessed with colors – like, “what does orange and red make? Does this color look like a blue-green? Mommy, our front door is blue-green! I LOVE teal!”

    • Amy says...

      My three year old has the exact same obsession right now! “What if you mix pink and blue?” “What if you mix black and green?” He’s named just about every pair of colors! I am not sure, but I think it came from a Barney song that is to the tune of “Happy and you know it” but the words are changed to, “If you mix blue and red, you get purple…” etc etc.

  124. MA says...

    Pajama day at school never fails to enchant my kiddo. She is 8 and going in to 3rd grade and still absolutely loves it. My older son who is going into 6th grade is officially OVER pajama day. “I don’t even wear pajamas!” he says, while in his dinosaur pjs. “These are, like, NOT pjs!”

  125. Mer says...

    My 20 month old is obsessed with the boat that is parked in the driveway next door. He can see it from his bedroom window. Every morning the first thing he says is ‘BOAT!’ and we have to open the drapes to show him the boat. He also says ‘BYE BOAT!’ at night or when he leaves his room. I’m not looking forward to the day when our neighbor actually takes the boat out on a lake and it’s not there in the morning… :)

  126. Cheryl says...

    Oh the tantrums fascinate me more than the great stuff because I expect her to be delighted by puddles and the moon out at daytime. The pet peeves(?) that we as parents learn to avoid leave me equally exhausted and amused.
    Such things as
    1. When my husband and I hold hands
    2. When I say the “wrong” thing as I pretend to be _______(every character, all day long)
    3. When I slice the tomato in slices instead of chunks
    4. Turning off the bathroom light
    5. Clicking her chest car seat strap

    Lord help me if I do it! I have learned the hard way and am still learning. How dare I?

    4.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg yes the horror of holding hands! when alex kisses me or touches me in any way, the boys run over like jealous boyfriends! they get SO MAD!

    • Laura C. says...

      My husband can’t kiss me in front of my 3 yo daughter. She is so jealous. Now we are laughing out loud because my eldest girl, 6 yo, is getting very prudish every time she sees a Disney movie with a kiss between Princess and Prince; she is so ashamed and jump over me yelling “Mama I love you so much!!”, trying to kiss me AND avoid the vision of the kiss. My husband can’t stop laughing every time.

  127. Patty says...

    My 4 yr old LOVES the bell we just put on her bike. She has the biggest grin on her face as she rings it all through our ride. (and the songs in the movie Sing. She bops and dances around like I have never seen)

  128. Emma says...

    I have a 9 month old and he ignores ALL of his toys but LOVES anything the adults use. He played with a box of business cards for a month straight, nail clippers, remote controls, head phones, keys, pens, water (but only from a normal glass), cardboard shipping box, tax returns in a manila folder, nose hair trimmer . . .

  129. SN says...

    I showed my two-year-old niece how to ‘hear’ the ocean in a sea shell. For months, anything she put up to her ear she would say ‘wooooow! the ocean!’

    • Maggie says...

      </3

  130. L says...

    I recently took my 4 year old to his annual check up, and told him he was going to get 2 shots, so we could mentally get ready. He was both super excited about the idea of getting shots AND very worried and nervous about it, it was the weirdest thing!!
    At the end of the visit, he was ready for it, did not cry and proclaimed that now he was really 4 years old, like some rite of passage :)

  131. Squirrels in our yard. Without fail, if I mention offhandedly that I see a squirrel outside, my kids (5 and 2.5) will drop everything and dash to the nearest window to see it. And a rabbit? Forget it, they will lose their minds.

    • Kate says...

      This is exactly how my Goldendoodle reacts! Ha!

  132. Colleen says...

    All throughout preschool age, my daughter was fascinated by the TRASH TRUCK, which we all would bellow it as soon as we heard it coming down the street. On a really lucky day, the car was caught behind the trash truck on the way to daycare so she got to see the guys, the barrels, the trash and the truck for a long, long time.

    • Alison says...

      I had a similar fascination, which led me to proclaim being a garbage collector was what I would do when I grew up. It was my first such career proclamation and still at 30 my parents will never let me forget it!

    • Cynthia says...

      My boys loved trash truck days too! Unfortunately the eldest boy and only one talking at the time had an unfortunate “f” for “tr” substitution in his speech. He would yell about the truck coming and going for a good hour each week.

  133. Vicki says...

    Our newborn’s digestive rumblings — burps, farts, poops — are a source of endless entertainment to my boys. We enjoy them the first time, and they enjoy telling stories about them later! (To strangers, of course, haha!). They also found it highly curious that the yellow line on the diaper turns blue when wet: “Shouldn’t the pee make the diaper *yellow*?”

    • Julie Moore says...

      I mean…that is a valid point!

  134. L says...

    I don’t have kids yet but I was babysitting a 3 year-old last week and he was eating carrots with dinner. I told him that carrots grow in the ground and all you can see is a green top until you pull then up and he was amazed. All night he kept asking me “how do peas grow?” or “where do blueberries grow?” He was eating turkey with his carrots and I was so relieved he didn’t ask me how turkey grows!

    • Anna says...

      I taught Spanish to middle schoolers and when teaching them the words for fruits and vegetables I blew their minds by telling them how each thing grows. It’s actually incredible how many kids have no idea.

    • Vicki says...

      Barbara Kingsolver has a great story about this in one of her books– some inner city kids were watching her husband harvest carrots in his garden and asked incredulously, “you gonna EAT that? Out of the dirt?”

  135. Sara says...

    My 2 year old had a level 10 tantrum about corn on the cob. He saw it at the grocery and wanted to eat it RIGHT THEN. When we got home he was on the floor crying hysterically because I couldn’t cook it fast enough and when it was done, it was too hot.

  136. Kelly says...

    My 6 year old:
    ice cream
    puns
    salami

    my 1 year old:
    dogs
    iphones
    remote controls

    both of them:
    each other!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so so so cute! love that your older one is into puns, too sweet :)

  137. Heather Robertson says...

    My daughter is about to be three and I said to my husband this morning, “when did she become a three year old?”! She is a whole lot of hot-mess! She too is into the moon during the day. The funniest recently involved my panties. I often have to help her fix her panties after she goes to the bathroom and she really hates wedgies! So, when she walked in to me getting dressed and saw that I was wearing a thong she said “Oh Momma, let me help your panties and tried to yank them out before I knew what was happening”!! Oh my gosh!!

    • Alli says...

      This is hilarious!

    • Meghann says...

      ahahahaha! hilarious!

    • Elizabeth says...

      I have a friend whose daughter (age 3) asked why she had a band-aid on her panties when she spied my friend’s panti-liner on her underwear.

    • Lindsay says...

      This. Is. Hilarious.

  138. sheena says...

    My son just turned 3. A few weeks ago, he asked me where his bath water goes after we pull the drain plug. I told him it goes down a pipe and eventually goes all the way to a river and then to the ocean.

    “A PIPE?! But I don’t see a PIPE!”

    I opened the door to the sink cabinet to show him that there’s a pipe under the sink too and his mind. was. BLOWN.

  139. jen says...

    Three year olds love having their own flashlight.

  140. Ashley says...

    My 17 month old is currently fascinated by pictures of me. She loves to point at them and say “mama” and then pat me and say “mama” again. Hearing her little voice and realizing that she KNOWS me just melts my heart. I want to bottle that heart-melty feeling and save it for a time in the not-so-distant future when her refrain of “mama, mama, mama” will inevitably feel more trying and less joyous.

    • Sarah S says...

      Oh my gosh. My heart melted reading this! My almost 18 month old does this too. Sometimes, when the three of us (her, me, my husband) are all together she points to each of us repeating “mama” “dada” and then points to herself until we say her name. It brings her such joy that we are all together!

  141. Tina says...

    My three year old is obsessed with my alphabets stencil. I never imagined that something so simple would keep her occupied for hours. Not only has she finished a small notebook with stenciled alphabets and numbers but even managed to stencil letters on the back of her sleeping dad :p.

    • jaclyn says...

      hahahhaha! That’s good.

  142. Heidi says...

    My daughter is almost 4 and a highlight of her week is getting to drink lemonade at church on Sundays. It’s especially magical when she can push the little lever on the dispenser to get it herself, and the choice of pink lemonade or yellow.

  143. Alexa says...

    My kids are obsessed with Jello. Not eating it, just spooning it. And Dum Dums – we have a bag of 300 that they just want to unwrap.

  144. Megan says...

    That banana breaking tantrum cracked me up. We’ve had that exact meltdown more than once from our toddler. Actually, lots of banana related tantrums– you have him the wrong one from the bunch, he wanted to peel it himself, he wanted you to peel it, it had a brown spot….

    • Katie_B says...

      Broken bananas, the worst! The daily routine at our house involves my 2.5yr-old requesting “a big banana”, big banana breaking in her hands while she tries to eat it, hysterical tears and demands to “fix it! fix it now!”. The rest of us like to eat bananas, but I am seriously considering leaving them off the grocery list for a while:)

  145. Claire says...

    My son is 4 months old and LOVES when I carry him around the garden, pointing out all the different flowers. He likes runninghis feet over leaves and grabbing and pulling off flower petals. He’s so wide eyed and fascinated by all the different sizes and textures. It’s so sweet and I really hope it helps him develop a love of nature. It’s so peaceful in the garden and it’s become my favorite daily ritual with him.

  146. Amanda says...

    I don’t have children, but I nannied for a family for 4 years. On the random nights I would sit for them we’d have a special treat for dinner and watch a Disney movie. We watched Mulan one night, which they had never seen, and I started singing along to one of the songs. The 3 year old looked at me with the biggest shock and awe. His mind was blown that I knew the words to a song in a movie (even though it was his first time seeing it, it was probably my 15th!).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that is so, so cute, amanda!

    • katy says...

      My son does the same thing when I sing along to Moana. He’ll turn 4 this summer. And, although he knows most of the words, too, if I’m singing he just watches me in awe. For a second, it feels like he thinks I’m Moana. Then, I feel like I’m Moana. And, it’s awesome.

    • katy says...

      And, something my 4 year old constantly brings up is high school. So if I’m talking about our day, I’ll note that we’re going to get donuts, then go to grandma and grandpas…. Then, he’ll chime in and say, and then high school… Not asking, just as if he knows that’s what would be next on the day’s itinerary. He’s also a homebody, so he constantly wants to know if it’s a “stay at home day”. Is it stay at home day today? Is it stay at home day after naps? And if my husband or I say no, it’s go to school day. Then, he’ll turn to the other hoping for the opposite response.

  147. M says...

    Okay, I’m 23 and I still think it’d be funny if someone handed me a cookie and was named Cookie. lol.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      THEIR MINDS WERE BLOWN.

  148. Kelly says...

    Bridges. When my son was two, he was so fascinated with bridges that if he saw one off in the distance, he wanted to be on it, like, now. When we moved to Seattle, I took him on a drive over the floating bridge that goes across Lake Washington thinking this would be his ultimate dream. Unfortunately, he spotted a bridge off in the distance and started crying to be on it instead. He’s 17 now and still struggles with ‘the cup half full’ syndrome. :)

  149. Marni says...

    teenagers yes! we have a 10 year old and a 8 year old and they want nothing more than to be teenagers and surrounded by teenagers.

    • Same here. Mine are 10 and nearly 8 (Sept.) and love all things about being independent.
      My 10yo daughter is also fascinated in the things I read and watched when I was her age. Little House on the Prairie is a huge success. My 10yo son is obsessed with butts, farts and Minecraft. Especially inventing new minecraft stuff with his Legos.

  150. Ashley says...

    I have a 6 month old baby girl (our first!) and I recently opened up a bottle of bubbles to use during her bath, thinking she’d be amazed. Instead, she basically ignored them. But when I slowly pour water out of the bath cup, so she can reach for it, THAT is what she loves. :)

    • Anne-Hélène says...

      First time I tried bubbles in my daughter’s bath (thinking she’d love them), she immediately bursted into tears! I had to empty the bath, rince and start over… She was probably 1 year old or so, at the time. Oh well!

    • Becki says...

      I tried bubbles at about 15 months, thinking it would be fun treat, and my daughter freaked out! Crying and trying to crawl out of the tub. She’s 18 months now and I’ll ask if she wants to try bubbles again and she will shake her head and say “NO BUBBLES.”

    • Kay says...

      My 16mo was the same up until about a month ago. Now he can’t get enough of them and he goes nuts just when he sees the bottle!