E is for Entertainment. Toddler entertainment. If you have one of these charming, and often persnickety human beings, you'll agree that keeping them happy and out of mischief is often a lot of work. The toy manufacturers know this, and I have to say, folks, we have been duped. Those devious ad marketing whizzes have tricked us into believing that what our toddlers want can be found down that colorful, musical, chaotic toy aisle. I am here to tell you that it's all a ruse.
How do I know this? Well, the many piles and baskets of stuffed animals, electronic knick knacks, and other assorted playthings that sit largely untouched tell me so.
The toddler fusses, looks around for something of interest, and I say, "Get one of your toys". She looks at me as if my hair were on fire. What a preposterous thought.
It's so much more fun to pull all of the books off of the bookshelf, or mess with the remote control. She would rather see what fits into the outlets or DVD player.
And then one day, the secret is revealed. The child shows me the one thing that will hold that fleeting attention span for up to twenty minutes. And the amazing thing is, it will cost you nothing. It is something that you have many of, just waiting in the drawers of everyone's bedroom.
Are you ready?
You heard me correctly. The toddler wants socks. The one thing that will provide almost endless entertainment is socks.
She will sit for minutes on end, fiddling just so, in an attempt to successfully pull them on those chubby little feet.
She will walk around looking as if there are colorful casts on both legs, because naturally, they must be pulled halfway up her thighs.
You will put her to bed and pull the socks off, only to discover one or two more pairs on underneath.
Then she will soothe herself to sleep as she pulls her socks on and off in the crib.
I wish I had known this before spending an arm and a leg on those other useless trinkets. Regardless, it's nice to know that there is always a toddler fuss buster ready to go. Now that's entertainment.