Parents·Updated on Aug 31, 2020. Posted on Dec 30, 201619 Things You Learn The Hard Way When You Have A ToddlerBye bye, baby.by Mike SpohrBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Funny dad Chris Cate has three small kids at home, so he knows a thing or three about what it's like raising toddlers. parentnormal.com He recently published a book — The ParentNormal Crash Course: Everything Traditional Parenting Books Are Afraid to Tell You About Close Encounters of the Baby, Toddler and Third-Year Kind — and shared some toddler truisms from it with us: parentnormal.com 1. 95% of helping a toddler who falls down is trying not to laugh at how they fell down. NBC 2. You will legitimately want to know if it is called a high chair because of its height or because your toddler acts like they’re on drugs in a restaurant. Flickr: quinnanya / Via Creative Commons 3. You will always know if your toddler was playing in a sandbox because the sandbox will fall out of their shoes as soon as they take them off. Flickr: usarmyafrica / Via Creative Commons 4. After a while, you’ll stop giving your toddler so many gifts and start giving your toddler so many bribes. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Bravo 5. Toddlers always go the extra mile... when they are running away from you in a public place. catherinepleau / Via instagram.com 6. The sound of a toddler snoring in your ear every night will be your blessing and your curse. Flickr: shan213 / Via Creative Commons 7. Toddler paintings are like constellations. Somebody has to tell you what you’re looking at, and then you see it, kind of. Flickr: aarongilson / Via Creative Commons 8. Sharing food with a toddler is like sharing an armrest with a stranger. Give them a little and they'll take it all. Flickr: mliu92 / Via Creative Commons 9. You say potato. I say potato. A toddler says, "No!" and throws it on the floor. Paramount Pictures 10. People who say don’t sweat the small stuff have never tried to pick up a thousand goldfish crumbs from between the couch cushions. Flickr: quinnanya / Via Creative Commons 11. Toddlers are surprisingly bad at understanding their parents considering how often they walk around in their parents' shoes. Flickr: edenpictures / Via Creative Commons 12. Trying to figure out the right plate and food combination for a toddler is like trying to complete a Rubik’s Cube for the first time, every time. Fox 13. If there is something on the floor that can crumble into a million pieces, a toddler will step on it one second before you can get to it. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF NBC 14. Sharing is a foreign concept to toddlers until you have something they want. Then, they're experts on the subject. Flickr: ian-arlett / Via Creative Commons 15. Booster seats are excellent for helping toddlers who aren’t quite tall enough to crawl onto the kitchen table. raising6 / Via instagram.com 16. Toddlers don't see trashcans. They see lost and founds. Fox 17. All day long you will be reminding your toddler to use their words and all night long you will be reminding your toddler to stop using their words. Flickr: mliu92 / Via Creative Commons 18. Toddlers never have awkward silences, only nefarious silences. Universal 19. Once you teach your toddler to cover their mouth when they cough, you will just need to get them to stop using your face as the cover. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF ABC The ParentNormal Crash Course: Everything Traditional Parenting Books Are Afraid to Tell You About Close Encounters of the Baby, Toddler and Third-Year Kind is available now.