The preciousness of toddlers is unreal. They love to give hugs and are so sweet. It’s all so exciting — for a while. They eventually stumble upon a new word, which they repeat over and again. It can become downright irritating. Hilary Duff and her 18-month old daughter Mae are going through this, and we can all relate to it!
“MJ you are very cute,” the How I Met Your Father Today, star posted on Instagram. “Time to learn more words than ‘NO’ though.”
Why is it always ‘No’?! Seriously, my kids still love spouting off, “No!” and it’s more than a little grating.
Mae looks super cute in the photo. She’s wearing light pink pants, a matching sweater, and a floral print scarf tied in a knot on her head. Mae has the most adorable mouse shoes. She’s just sitting in a chair reading a book with a look on her face that says she is so over it (could this possibly be the time-out chair?).
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Duff’s husband Matthew Koma, who she shares Mae and daughter Banks, 3, with, commented on the photo. “Kid looks so much like @nicolerichie I don’t get it,” he wrote, cheekily referencing Duff’s ex-boyfriend Joel Madden’s girlfriend Nicole Richie. PEOPLE reports that the four friends are now close and they went out on a date in February. Maybe he’s referencing the look she’s giving or the defiant “no” but either way, it’s hilarious.
Many people commented in solidarity, with one person writing, “Let me know how that goes! Current problem is the same as mine. Except she says ‘no way’ ??♀️.”
Duff often finds Mae keeping her on her toes. She was a little too loud on an airplane earlier in the year. She certainly has a sassy personality!
She does seem to enjoy reading, at least. Hopefully Mae will soon be able to read with her sister, mom, and older brother Luca (10 years old), whom Duff shares with Mike Comrie.
“Story time has always been a big part of my family’s nighttime routine and it’s a great way for us to spend quality time together at the end of the day,” the Younger star told SheKnows In July. “Luca and Banks (and even Mae!) now look forward to reading at the end of the day and are excited to see what adventures we will get into before bed.”
The never-ending no’s are hard, but like everything else in motherhood, this is probably just a phase. Just think of it as raising a girl who isn’t afraid to say what she wants and assert her independence!
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