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Chronicles of Parenting: 9 Ways Toddlers Are Like Turkeys

by Jocelyn Jane Cox

Welcome to the Chronicles of Parenting by local author, freelance writer, blogger and parent-of-toddler Jocelyn Jane Cox. Read on for advice you never knew you needed and the chuckles you know you really need, tailored to those who live in the Great State of Parenthood.toddlers are like turkeys

Have you ever noticed that toddlers and turkeys have a lot in common? For example:

  1. They both make you very tired: one from tryptophan and the other from moving their mouths and limbs at 1000 miles per minute.
  2. Both run away when you try to catch them: though they have different reasons for this, they are both highly motivated to stay out of your grasp.
  3. They both eat food off the ground: turkeys peck at seeds in the barnyard or forest; toddlers have no problem helping themselves to that raisin they dropped on the carpet three days before.
  4. Neither can fly, but this doesn’t keep them from trying: one has wings and aims for the branch of a nearby tree; the other wears a cape and launches himself off the back of the couch.
  5. They both get food all over them: one gets smothered in gravy and cranberry sauce, the other gets covered in just about everything at mealtimes, from spaghetti to cream cheese, despite a napkin and a bib.
  6. They are both comical: one has that ridiculous red wattle dangling from its face while the other sometimes puts pants on his head.
  7. They both tend to waddle: one has skinny little legs holding up a round body; the other has chubby legs and a bulky diaper gradually filling to capacity.
  8. They express themselves with unique and incomprehensible sounds: one gobbles, and the other sometimes speaks with gibberish simply to entertain himself.
  9. They’re both scrumptious: of course you don’t want to actually eat your toddlers, but sometimes they’re so cute you could just “eat them up.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jocelyn Jane Cox. Photo Credit: ©2015 Dave Zornow

Jocelyn Jane Cox is a  freelance writer and author. Her 2012 humor book on life in the New York suburbs, The Homeowner’s Guide to Greatness: How to handle natural disasters, design dilemmas and various infestations, is available on Follow her on Twitter at @JocelynJaneCox.


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