Natalie Caddell

Hello to all! My name is Natalie Caddell and I am so excited to be beginning this journey with you here on Cuddlebugs. You may remember me as a TummyTime blogger. I thoroughly enjoyed writing about my pregnancy and the first four months of my daughter Kayleigh’s life. Now that she’s a little older, I look forward to sharing my experiences as a mom of two children, Wesley 5 years, and Kayleigh 7 months. To catch up on my story, click here. I have lived in eastern North Carolina my entire life. My husband, Lawrence and I began dating in 2003 and were married in December 2005. In April 2007, we decided we wanted to try and start a family. Within a few months we were pregnant and on March 19, 2008 we had our son Wesley Lawrence Caddell. I am an elementary teacher that has taught for seven years at a magnet school. In those seven years, I have taught third grade for 3 years, fifth grade for 3 years, and Kindergarten for 1 year. In September 2010, we decided that we would like to start trying for a brother or sister for Wesley. Little did we know, how long it was going to take us! After all, it had only taken us a couple of months before. After going to the doctor and following specific schedules nothing seemed to work! We scheduled an appointment with a local fertility specialist in April 2012. We were supposed to start running tests soon thereafter. However, my period was already a few days late. We decided we would wait to start any tests until after I started. On April 29th, I finally decided to take a test. I took the test and walked out of the room. I returned in 3 minutes and I about fell in the floor after seeing the results! I was finally pregnant!!! My daughter’s birth on December 28, 2012 made our family complete. The past 7 months have definitely been memorable, exciting, and somewhat challenging! I can’t wait to share more of our experiences with you!


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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