Toddlers. Just the word sometimes makes me shudder. I could tell so many horror stories from my experiences in raising three of them. Toddlers are moody, energetic, temperamental, bossy, and adorable all at the same time; A perfect little ball of sass and cuteness. They will push the limits and test you just to see how far they can get.
I would bet it is a pretty safe statement to say that that most people have heard of the terrible twos. Most people realize that the two to three age rage is difficult. But I don’t think parents are quite prepared for the day their precious little baby’s head starts spinning and they begin acting like a possessed demon. Nothing can truly prepare you for that moment.
Before you actually have your own kids, you think, “my kid will never act like that. ” “My child will never throw a fit like that in public.” “I will not allow my kids to run the house.”
Well, I am here to tell you that you are wrong. Your kids will act like that, they will throw that tantrum, and they probably will run the house. It just happens. Especially when you have more than one of them.
There are so many parenting guides and books out there with tips on how to deal with a spirited child, how to potty train, how to deal with childhood anxiety, how to discipline your toddler, and so on and so on. They really can offer some good advice on a lot of different situations, but in my opinion, it is best to just come to terms with a few things right off the bat. It will save you a lot of frustration, stress, and agony.
First time parents, this is my gift to you. This is my “real life” toddler guide. You’re welcome.
Top 10 Things to Come to Terms With When Parenting A Toddler
10. Pants. Who needs them, anyway? They are totally overrated. If they want to spend the day pant-less, just let them.
9. When sitting next to a toddler, be sure you are very aware of your face, eyes, crotch, groin, or any other part of your body that would hurt when getting punched, pinched, kicked, or poked.
8. Their car seat will never be clean. It just isn’t possible. Give up on that dream early on.
7. They bite. Hard. And it will hurt you and other children.
6. Don’t bother arguing or trying to reason with them…you won’t win. Toddlers can’t reason.
5. If they want sour cream for dinner, just let them. Throw in a Flintstone vitamin and call it a meal.
4. Keep wipes everywhere. You’ll need them. They can make a mess with just about anything they can get their hands on.
3. Sleeping with your toddler is not like sleeping with them when they were babies. There will be cuddles initially, but then it is like getting beat up all night long. Bleeding is a real possibility.
2. They won’t ever stay in their beds. They will come up with a billion excuses of why they won’t go to sleep or why they need to come back downstairs. Doesn’t matter how thoroughly you have prepared for the bedtime ritual. They’ll come out.
AND…the number one thing you should just accept…
Your toddler owns you. Accept it. Embrace it.
There you have it. Now, go get ready for this emotional roller coaster ride. It’s can be a doosey.