Toddler taught me about moderation
Start writing a post
Health Wellness

What A Toddler Taught Me About Moderation

If a child could understand this, then surely I can, too!

What A Toddler Taught Me About Moderation

Teaching young kids how the world works is quite an experience, but sometimes it happens that they teach us something, too. This was the case as I babysat one young toddler and observed how his parents taught him the rules of life as well.

Going to touch an outlet? Well, of course the reaction would be "no!" and it would be that way every time. That's how kids learn to avoid some things. They get a reaction, usually a yes or a no, and after repetition they pick up that they simply can't (or shouldn't) do certain things. But one thing I noticed almost right away was that the answers this child got from his parents were not limited to "yes" and "no." There was also an option of, "all done."

Playing with a purse? Well, that was fine, but if he began to take it apart, empty it, stretch it, etc. it became "all done." The object would be taken away with those words, but that did not mean he could never use it again. No more in the moment, but it was not a strict "no touching allowed." This might sound confusing at first, but children are remarkably bright, and yes, soon the toddler knew the difference. "All done" might mean you could finish later; "no" meant something was not allowed. And there was certainly a place for both!

I think often in life we try to limit things to a yes or no. We're either going to do something or not. Something is good for us or not. But truly, even the best things only remain good in moderation! There often comes a time in life for everything to be set aside, at least for a moment, and be "all done" for the time being.

As I watched this young child learn the difference himself, I wondered how much I could gain from this as well. Might there be things all throughout life that we can learn are good for a time, but not always? Like going to take a break from studying to watch a show… but only for a short while. Enjoying a pan of brownies with my sister… but not the whole thing (in one evening, at least).

If a young toddler can learn the difference, I think grown-ups should, too!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

A Beginner's Wine Appreciation Course

While I most certainly do not know everything, I feel like I know more than the average 21-year-old about vino, so I wrote this beginner's wine appreciate course to help YOU navigate the wine world and drink like a pro.

White wine being poured into a glass

Keep Reading...Show less
Types of ice cream

Who doesn't love ice cream? People from all over the world enjoy the frozen dessert, but different countries have their own twists on the classic treat.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

100 Reasons to Choose Happiness

Happy Moments to Brighten Your Day!

A man with a white beard and mustache wearing a hat

As any other person on this planet, it sometimes can be hard to find the good in things. However, as I have always tried my hardest to find happiness in any and every moment and just generally always try to find the best in every situation, I have realized that your own happiness is much more important than people often think. Finding the good in any situation can help you to find happiness in some of the simplest and unexpected places.

Keep Reading...Show less

Remember The True Meaning of Christmas

“Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you?”

A painting of the virgin Mary, the baby Jesus, and the wise men

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. Christmastime is a celebration, but have we forgotten what we are supposed to be celebrating? There is a reason the holiday is called Christmas. Not presentmas. Not Santamas. Not Swiftmas. Christmas.

boy standing in front of man wearing santa claus costume Photo by __ drz __ on Unsplash

What many people forget is that there is no Christmas without Christ. Not only is this a time to spend with your family and loved ones, it is a time to reflect on the blessings we have gotten from Jesus. After all, it is His birthday.

Keep Reading...Show less
Golden retriever sat on the sand with ocean in the background
Photo by Justin Aikin on Unsplash

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore my dog. I am constantly talking about my love for her. I attribute many of my dog's amazing qualities to her breed. She is a purebred Golden Retriever, and because of this I am a self-proclaimed expert on why these are the best pets a family could have. Here are 11 reasons why Goldens are the undisputed best dog breed in the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments