It’s a well-known fact that toddlers are total maniacs. One minute, you’re snuggling together reading Corduroy, and the next she’s angrily demanding a bowl of ketchup for dinner instead of the chicken cacciatore you spent an hour preparing.
With all of the rapid brain development happening inside those cute little heads, it’s no wonder that life with a toddler can be a wild ride. Luckily, child psychologists and early childhood specialists have learned quite a bit about the toddler brain to help us hang on (and maybe even enjoy their quirks a little) until they reach Kindergarten. Here’s what we know about the weird and wonderful minds of kids ages 1 to 3, including why they remember everything, steal your phone and need the green cup now.