- If I like it, it's mine.
- If it's in my hand, it's mine.
- If I can take it from you, it's mine.
- If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
- If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
- If it looks like mine, it's mine.
- If I saw it first, it's mine.
- If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
- If it's broken, it's yours.
As the mother of a toddler, who mastered the "mine" concept promptly upon his 2nd birthday, I have a few more to add.
- If I see it on tv, it had better be mine stat.
- If it used to be my dinner but now it's in my diaper, it's yours and you better clean it up fast because I am going to squirm and kick until my mess is shared with the whole ottoman.
- If I stopped wanting it a few minutes ago, but Tabbi looked in it's direction, it's mine again.
- If it's sharp, pointy, hot or dangerous in any other way, shape or form, it's totally mine.
- If it's medicine (other than the pink stuff), ear drops, or a Kleenex, it's yours and you better keep it away from me.
- If it belongs to someone else, fits in my hand, mouth, or the couch cracks, it's mine and you will never see it again.
- If it makes loud noises, it's mine the second Jack drifts off to sleep.
- If it will cause my parents any embarrassment, it's mine and I will exercise my right to use it at the most inopportune times.
Now that we've got that settled... parenting a toddler will be much easier to figure out.