Boy was I not prepared at all for what to expect when having a baby, and now we are entering toddler zone! Honestly I don’t think anyone is prepared when they are getting ready for a child, even if you do all your research there are things that will pop up that Dr. Oz probably didn’t warn you about. Now that we are entering toddler years it is getting very exciting and his personality is showing through now a lot more. This kid is so goofy and so much fun I am incredibly blessed, but there is a dark side.
Like when you have a million errands to run and your child decided to throw a fit cause he doesn’t want to be at the store anymore, or how he throws things at you from the back seat cause he’s pissed he has to be in the car seat to begin with, I mean this can’t just be me. Although he is sweet and loving and hilarious, there are days where I need to put MYSELF in a time out because I might lose it. Parenting is hard and I defiantly didn’t see this coming, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I read an article that was kind of helpful to think about and made me feel like I wasn’t alone. It’s called “5 Things No One Told You About Raising A Toddler That You Need To Know.”
1) Toddlers have no sense of time. Which makes sense and I didn’t really think of before. They don’t know how long 5 minutes is I’m sure, or that you are in a hurry to leave right away.
2) The world is power and control. I am all for making your kid understand that you are in control but it’s always good to let them have a say in things too. Like when me and Hunter go to the movie store I let him pick what he wants to watch (even though he probably has no idea what we are doing). Or if it’s snack time I will give him a choice in what he might want. It helps them feel like they are important too.
3) It’s not all about being happy. It’s good if your child is happy and loving but they need to learn that there are other emotions too. I personally am not one to jump up if my child is upset if he’s out of something or wants something he can’t have. I feel like he needs to know he can’t have everything handed to him to be happy all the time.
4) They need to stumble and fall. It’s OK to comfort your child here and there if they get a booboo. But most of the time it’s good to let them pick themselves up and dust off.
5) Qualities that seem bad now may be good in the future. The article talks about how your child’s stubbornness and independence can sometimes drive you crazy, but these are all traits that will benefit them for a good future.