The Lily Cafe is thrilled to present mom of a toddler Kristy from Coffee & PJs, a special guest here to talk about her experience with toddlerhood.
I really don’t have great how-to-survive the toddler years advice. Most people will give you a ton of reasons why the toddler years are so miserable and how they can’t get through it. If you are looking for that type of blog, this isn’t it. The realty is that we all go through different stages in our lives from infancy to our senior years. Once your toddler is done with the toddler years, they will be in another stage of life.
So, what advice would I give?
Stop hammering on how bad toddlers can be.
My daughter Katie just turned three, and I have already been warned by several people to brace myself for the horrid three-year-old years. Poor girl, she doesn’t even get a chance to be three without people labeling her. I’m sure once she turns five, I will be warned about another stage, and then just wait ‘till she is a teenager!
Toddlers have their good days and their bad days just like all of us. Yes, there are times when I become impatient with Katie. I’ve dealt with random tantrums, the obsession with My Little Ponies, and I’m now dealing with the “I won’t eat anything, but yogurt covered cranberries” stage.
However, I know several adults who are going through some pretty strange stages too. The road rage tantrums, the obsession with Hallmark movies, and the I won’t eat anything if it’s gluten stage.
I think my point is – give toddlers a break. Stop labeling them all the time as cranky little people. Embrace the toddler years and get through the hard times. One day, you will look back and miss those tiny little arms that embraced you in a hug, the cuddling on the couch while watching another episode of My Little Ponies, or/and how tiny they were as they road their tricycle around the yard.
It won’t be long and the hugs may decrease, they will grow out of their cartoons, and they will be driving around in their own car. They really do grow up in a blink of an eye, and you can’t redo these years. Give them a break and let them grow and develop without all the labels.
Thank you, Kristy, for this lovely take on toddlerhood! For more awesome stories from this lovely lady, check out her wonderful blog Coffee & PJs!