Note: This is a guest post, from our friend Kecia, who blogs at Southern Girl Ramblings.
I am a mother of one, so I am still experiencing new things every single day as far as parenthood is concerned. My son is 21 months old, and I never thought parenting a toddler would be so fun – and challenging! It’s been an experience since he was born, for sure, but it seems the ride has gotten wilder since his first birthday.
Seriously, sometimes I wonder if the crazy little bundle of energy is the same little baby who I was cradling in my arms not so long ago. It’s amazing how children grow up and learn new things so quickly! In regards to parenting a toddler, here are just a few of the things I have learned…
- Always, I do mean ALWAYS, have snacks on hand. My child’s eating habits are so different from one day to the next. One day, he may barely nibble here and there during every meal. The next, however, he may eat 3 full meals and 2 snacks, leaving me wondering where he puts it all! I have learned though, that he will be hungry when we get somewhere and I don’t have a snack on hand for him. And, I never know when he’s going to be a picky eater, so I always need a back up food!
- Bedtime will be a struggle – more often than not. I long for those days that he would sleep a straight 9 hours when he was still an infant. It meant so much caught up sleep for Mommy. Now, however, he has learned the fine act of stalling and doesn’t really like having to go to sleep at night.
- Trying to reason with a toddler is usually a lost cause. Sometimes, no matter how much I try to calm a tantrum, even if it’s by giving in, he still doesn’t want to stop crying. Just talking to him will send him even further into hysterics. So, I have learned to be patient and let him finish before I try to speak to him.
- Toddlers will pick up on every word you say. It’s amazing how many words my son has learned in such a short period of time. Luckily, there haven’t been any bad words picked up (though we don’t have “potty mouths”, I’m still worried he may pick up something from family members, strangers in a store, TV, etc.) He’s also working on creating phrases with all his new words, and it is making communication so much easier!
- The toddler stage is my favorite thus far. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I was able to be my son’s mommy when he was still a tiny baby. But now that he’s able to run and play and talk, it’s just wonderful! Often, he astonishes me with his intelligence (as well as his stubbornness), and it makes me so lucky to be his mommy!
What about you? If you are the parent of a toddler (or have been) what have you learned?
Kecia Hambrick is a work at home mommy, wife, blogger, and freelance writer. She owns Southern Girl Ramblings, a parenting blog where she blabs about her son, being a WAHM, and saving money. She also features product reviews and giveaways on her blog!