Oh the toddler phase. This stage of parenting comes with many challenges. Once your baby hits twelve months, they are technically a toddler. Just admitting to yourself that your “baby” is no longer actually a baby is hard enough in itself. But the age of one is tough because as moms we have to learn to give our toddler some independence. They are learning to walk or (for some like my wild men that walked at nine months) are perfecting the art of sprinting. It is hard not to stay right by their side every moment making sure they don’t fall and get hurt.
Babyproofing becomes a must, because toddlers tend to find everything they are not supposed to. This is a stage of explaining cause and effect. The tantrums become full-blown, and they get harder around the age of two. Your little one learns that his voice matters, and he tests you as often as he can. Your two-year old learns to fall on the floor kicking and screaming at Target to see how much he can get out of you. Potty training. I know that isn’t a full sentence, but those two words are enough to get your attention.
If you haven’t heard this before, listen up! The terrible twos are nothing in comparison to the horrendous threes. Seriously! Your toddler turns into a preschooler and gets a little better at reasoning with you. If you are lucky, potty training is behind you. But your three-year old knows everything. I have argued with three year olds more than I would ever like to admit. This is a phase where the tantrums are full-blown when your child isn’t right or doesn’t get his way. The transition from toddler to preschooler is challenging in many ways.
With all this being said, I love to share tips and encouragement while you navigate this phase. Remember that you are not alone! Remember that you are in charge even though some days it really feels like a toddler is somehow your boss! Remember, that even on the frustrating days, these days are beautiful. They go fast. Enjoy them Momma!
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