Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.

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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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