Of course, toddlers aren't trying to be exasperating. They just don't operate the way grown-ups do. We've spent enough time on the planet to know (usually) that "no" means "no." We can follow directions without a second's thought. But 1- and 2-year-olds are in their own little world -- tiny scientists constantly confronted with new discoveries. For them, learning the rules -- often by breaking them -- is important research.
Still, there's hope for us. Life with a toddler can be easier if you learn to see the world through her eyes: