Batteries, Bedtimes, and Translations – Steve’s Daddy Tips (12-9-20)
Steve is back again to teach some valuable lessons for parents of toddlers and newborns, like don't get your hopes up, and get a toddler to English dictionary.
- Today’s first Daddy Tip is to stock up on batteries for the holidays because it seems like every toy nowadays requires a battery. I already made the mistake of not having the right kind of batteries for a toy Charlotte got for her birthday and we couldn’t play with it for an entire day. Oof, that wasn’t fun.
- The second Daddy Tip is to never ever ever predict early bedtimes for your kids. Even if they haven’t napped all day and are exhausted, it doesn’t guarantee they will go to bed early. I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten burned by thinking that the kids were going to bed early just because the kids woke up early, didn’t nap, and even said they were tired. So my advice is to just always assume that you kids will be going to bed hours after their actual bedtime because then you won’t get let down.
- And the final Daddy Tip of the week is more for aunts, uncles, grandparents, and maybe even babysitters. If you are going to be hanging out with a toddler for an extended period of time, ask their parents to give you a basic translation guide. Charlotte’s vocabulary is growing fast but she still says a bunch of things incorrectly and you just need to know what she actually means. For starters, when she says “I peed” it can mean she has to pee or she just peed. She also says “daddy hold you” which actually means, carry me. So be sure to have translations ready for your toddler.
And now it’s time for an awesome Dad Joke!
Q: How did the hamburger introduce its wife?
A: Meet Patty.
Listen to the entire segment below: