Love, Explained by Toddlers

Between picking perfect gifts, finding a restaurant still accepting reservations and navigating dating etiquette, Valentine's Day can be a tricky holiday for adults.

To help us all, collected thoughts on love, marriage, and the opposite sex from some particularly insightful toddlers.

On Love

My 3-year-old daughter asked, "Mommy can I have a kiss?" Me, as my heart swells with emotion and my eyes well up at the beautiful request: "Sure honey!"

As I lean down, she says, "NO, NOT THAT KIND! The chocolate kind!" -- member MonkeyCheeks

My 7-year-old daughter was asked in her second grade class, "If you were a gift, what would you be?" Without hesitation, she replied, "If I were a gift I would be a necklace so I can stay with my mom!" That was enough to about make me cry. -- member stcydunlap

I was disciplining my 4-year-old son today and he looked at me and said, "You give love a BAD name" After choking down a laugh, I told him he was "Living on a prayer." - member soaresfam

While driving in the car with my 7-year-old son last night, I was belting out a great Madonna song. I turned to him and asked, "Doesn't your Mom have a great voice!?" He paused for a second and said, "If I wasn't your son, I would say, 'No, actually your voice is killing me right now.' But I am your son, so yes, it's beautiful." - member LisaB4

See more silly sayings and advice from 3-year-olds at Parents Community.

On Marriage

When my daughter was 4, she suddenly made an announcement: "When boys get married, they become husbands. When girls get married they become honeys." I asked her why she thought that and she answered, "Well, Daddy is always saying, 'Honey can you get that,' or, 'Honey, I need your help'."

I explained that girls became wives and honey is a nickname. -- member nor_lou

On the Oldest Profession

I am an at-home medical transcriptionist whose office happens to be in my bedroom. A cashier at a supermarket was talking with my 3-year-old son, Eli, and asked about where his mommy works.

His response? "In the bedroom."

I almost DIED! member lancejenneli

Christopher, my 2.5-year-old boy, loves asking questions. A few days ago, he asked, "Mama, where did you come from?" I said "From the love of your Grandma Rosa and Grandpa Max."

After thinking for a few seconds he asked "And who paid?"... member maguilart

When our son Parker was 4, he was in his bedroom building a fort. All of a sudden he came bursting into the family room with a really serious look on his face, turned to his dad, and said, "Dad, I need a really good HOOKER!" Definition of a "HOOKER" to a 4 year old: a clip or clamp strong enough to hold a sheet! -- member babdahl

Want more romance? Here are 10 ways to squeeze romance into every day.

On Baby-Making

One day, I was telling my 4 year old, Damian, who gets very jealous of his baby brother, how happy I was that I lost weight. So, I put my hands on my belly and told him, "Look! Mommy looks different now!"

As soon as he saw my hands on my belly he froze in shock, opened his mouth, and said:

"Mom, are you making another baby?" member Diane

My 3-year-old daughter, who does not normally speak her mind, came to me and asked why did we have a baby sister (who is a little colicky). I replied, "Because we wanted to love another baby just like her."

She then said, "It was not a very good idea," and walked away. member Shmacalpine

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On Anatomy

When my daughter Olivia was three we were walking through the local K-mart and came upon the women's undergarment section. As we passed a rack of bras, she turned to me and said in her outdoor voice, "Look mommy! Booby traps."-- member McCambly

I was out running errands one day with my 2 daughters. I decided to nurse my youngest daughter (6 mos) in the car before entering another store. As I sat there feeding her, my oldest daughter (age 3 at the time) asks very seriously, "Mom, do those things make food or just drinks?" -- member KeciaAppleby

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