Molly DeWitt

My name is Molly DeWitt and I’m a 30-something first-time mom navigating the joys and pitfalls of parenthood, working full-time, and living life as a military spouse. A California girl at heart, I will always call the golden state my home but I have learned to appreciate the “finer” things about life in the south including sweet tea, the courtesies of “Sir” and “Ma’am” and rainy summer nights.I met my husband, a Marine, while living in California. Ten years later here we are in North Carolina, by way of Virginia.I graduated from UNCW with my BA professional writing in 2008 and put that to good use for several years as a reporter for The Daily News here in Jacksonville. Following my departure from the newspaper I began work as an Early Head Start Home Visitor with the Onslow County Partnership for Children. I love what I do and am gratified daily as I work to help local families achieve their goals and raise healthy, happy children who are ready to succeed in life. In June 2011 my husband and I welcomed our first child, Emmett. He keeps us on our toes and provides us endless laughter and joy. Welcome to my world; I look forward to stretching my writing muscles and sharing the highs, lows, and all things ridiculous that happen in between.

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Property Law According To Toddlers

I was sent these toddler property laws by a friend of mine and thought they were way too cute (and helpful) not to share!  Sayle had never given me a copy of the laws, so I have been kept in the dark until now. 

Also, I wanted to share my favorite picture of my friend’s quads.  These guys are too cute not to share as well!

Toddler Property Laws:

  1. If I like it, it’s mine.
  2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
  3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
  4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine
  5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
  6. If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.

    I'm sure the quads are already well versed in toddler property law

  7. If it looks like it’s mine, it’s mine.
  8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
  9. If I can see it, it’s mine.
  10. If I think it’s mine, it’s mine.
  11. If I want it, it’s mine.
  12. If I need it, it’s mine (yes, I know the difference between “want” and “need”!)
  13. If I say it’s mine, it’s mine.
  14. If you don’t stop me from playing with it, it’s mine.
  15. If you tell me I can play with it, it’s mine.
  16. If it will upset me too much when you take it away from me, it’s mine.
  17. If I can play with it better than you can, it’s mine.
  18. If I play with it long enough, it’s mine.
  19. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it’s mine.
  20. If it’s broken, it’s yours (no wait, all the pieces are mine).

Are you familiar with these laws from experience in your home?  Does your toddler have any property laws of their own?

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8 Comments on “Property Law According To Toddlers”

  • Brynn August 13th, 2010 9:52 pm

    My toddlers totally follow these rules – #19 is one of my favorites. And having just spent a week at the beach with four toddlers, we had more than one instance of property law disputes. Too funny!

  • Brooke Brooke August 13th, 2010 10:34 pm

    I laugh every time I read these! My favorite one is #16!

  • Jules August 13th, 2010 10:44 pm

    Hence why we have two of absolutely everything. Sharing is not in the vocabulary these days

  • Kari August 14th, 2010 8:06 am

    I am glad you let me in on these before I have toddlers. I cracked up at all of these! Those are some cute quads BTW ;)

  • Brooke Brooke August 14th, 2010 9:10 am

    Kari, I actually posted this FOR you. I think Aubrey may have sent it to me to make sure you saw it. Also, the quads assisted in the development of these laws, and from what I understand they are entitled to change at any given moment. Please post them on your refrigerator as your time is rapidly approaching.

  • Brooke Brooke August 14th, 2010 9:14 am

    Julie-two of everything?? EVERYTHING? I have one of everything and just the one is too much!

  • Kari August 14th, 2010 10:28 pm

    Aubrey does think it is Aubrey’s World! LOL!

  • Jules August 15th, 2010 1:33 pm

    Pretty much. :( House looks like a toys-r-us.

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