Hello Frugal Fun for Boys readers!  This is Jonathan here.  I’ve been dying to get my hands on Mom’s laptop, and she never lets me.  Sometimes I can run off giggling and shrieking with the mouse, but she can catch up with me in just a few steps.  It’s okay, though, because one day I’ll be taller than her (she’s all of 5 ft. 1 in.) so she won’t be able to outrun me forever!  Anyway, she’s busy wiping muddy footprints off the kitchen floor for the fifth time today, so I thought I’d seize my opportunity to tell you how fun it is to be ONE!

Here are my tips to really maximize your life at age 1:

(Make sure you read these to your toddlers!)

  • Focus on having fun!  At my house, there are several “fun zones.”  You’d think that the play room would be one, but toys are not really that fun.  The bathroom is one – several fun things to do there, like playing with the water in the toilet and tasting the toothpaste.  Tissues are super fun, especially if you can get your hands on a whole box!  If you see your mom coming, pull faster!  Moms just don’t tend to appreciate fun the way us toddlers do.

The One Year Old's Manifesto

  • Look for opportunities.  I can always count on my brother Owen to provide me with some!  He never remembers to close the bathroom door or the back door or any door, really!  One day during school, everyone was busy at the table, and I noticed that the bathroom door was open.  Talk about opportunity!  Mom got those toilet paper rolls away from me pretty fast, but if I’d been able to keep them, I would have enjoyed unrolling one roll and given the other to the dog to have fun with.  I’m a pretty generous guy.

The One Year Old's Manifesto

  • Keep your parents guessing.  I like to do this in the area of food.  One day, I’ll scarf down a whole banana, so mom will bring one along to the brothers’ gymnastics the next day as a snack thinking that bananas are my favorite.  Ha!  Fooled her!  This time I’ll squish the banana between my fingers and throw pieces on the floor.
  • Anything the big people have is worth trying to get.  The other day, I got ahold of Mom’s phone!  I talked and talked on it.  It was SO fun.

The One Year Old's Manifesto

  • It’s good to be helpful.  Especially since us one year old’s can create so much work!  I make it my goal to be very helpful.  I can clear off the bookshelf, help with the folded laundry, and I love to help get myself a snack!  I’m pretty sure that mom appreciates all my helping.

The One Year Old Manifesto

Well, those are my tips!  I hope you find them helpf-  Oops!  Here comes Mom!  Gotta run!

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  1. Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest Mar 26, 2013

    Hahaha, love this! Thanks for the laugh!

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    1. Jane Mar 27, 2013

      So very true!

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      1. April Mar 27, 2013

        Perfect! I can relate to the banana story...def happens at our house!

        My daughter would add, "Sometimes Mom seems stressed out by the time we all get into the car to go somewhere. I help her slow down and unwind by waiting until we're all strapped in to poop in my diaper."

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        1. Sarah Mar 27, 2013

          Oh yes, we've had that one happen to! Too funny!

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        2. Keri Ramsdale Apr 3, 2013

          Oh, so funny! I needed this today. My one year old is so helpful opening the fridge and putting his milk cup in there...( we really didn't need the fridge closed while we went the grocery store did we?)
          My one year old does all of those things. Actually just today he walked outside in his sleeper and I live in Canada so there is still snow out there, I notice the front door is open and look out and there he is at the bottom of the steps, he tries to step faster when he sees me coming! You just have to laugh or you'll go mad!

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          1. Sarah Apr 5, 2013

            I love it when they go faster when they see mom coming! Too funny!

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          2. Amanda May 8, 2013

            Brilliant! I read this to my 8 yr old and 6 yr old boys and they laughed their heads off.

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