Is your toddler tired and grumpy? If it’s after 5pm and the telephone rings in my house, I warn the unsuspecting caller that they have now entered Tired Toddler Town. What exactly does this mean?
You may at any point be subjected to yelling, sudden screaming, crying, or exasperated parental exagerations.
I really hate that expression though. I actually LOVE two year olds. The toddler stages are fascinating! These little beings are really coming into their own. They become more and more independent, their personalities start to shine through and they have an amazing curiosity about the world around them.
Unfortunately for us, these new found wonders are often the things that leave us banging our heads in frustration. And by dinner time all their curiosity and exploration has left you with a toddler tired and grumpy! For those of you out there who have no idea what I am talking about let’s take a quick run through of the week with Mickey Blue and his explorations…..
It really only takes a second for any of these things to occur and it usually happens under one of 2 circumstances. I have entered the washroom alone – although the door is always left open to keep an ear on the destruction about to take place during these 30 seconds. Or, I blinked.
But what I’ve come to realize lately, is that I can allow all these little things to take over and cause me much grief and frustration, or I can laugh. These toddler years don’t last long, and I want to enjoy them – don’t you? It goes by so fast and he isn’t doing any of these things to intentionally irritate me.
I know that laughter is good for the soul, and they say if you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? I laugh a LOT. Sometimes I’m a little worried that I may come across a bit mad (driven crazy by doing that same thing day in and out and expecting a different result) as I giggle away. But even in the most frustrating moments, the humour of it all has begun to hit me.
For the last two days Mickey Blue has eaten nothing but bananas. Honestly, I’m not exaggerating here. NOTHING BUT BANANAS. So, not surprised when he bounds into the kitchen this morning mid-play to ask for…that’s right, a BANANA!!! (Insert surprised gasp here.)
I pulled the peel back half way, handed it to him, and he went on his merry way. I finished chopping some veggies for breakfast and peeked around the corner to check on Izzy and Mickey Blue. And there it was, right in the middle of the carpet, the BANANA!
Because it was the middle of the week, we’d already had some other fun times. My internal calmness meter began to waiver. I thought, “Dear Lord, please don’t let him have mashed it into the new area rug…..”. My prayers were heard. So sweetly and calmly I asked Mickey to come and pick up the banana. “We don’t throw food on the floor sweetie, it’s okay if you’re done eating, please go put it on the table.” To which he responds “HEAVY”.
And you’ve taken a bite or two, so technically it’s lighter than when you first got it. I asked again sweetly reminding him that if we don’t listen we have to sit on time out. Well, he outright refused to pick up the banana so into the highchair for time out he went. This kid has an amazing stubborn streak (NO IDEA where that came from!) – I checked in with him every 2-3 minutes. Are you ready to pick up the banana? Nope. Crying, are you ready? Nope. Screaming, ready to pick up the banana? Nope. Another 3 minutes, ready now? Yes! Aha – we have victory! Nope. We got over to the carpet where the banana continued to lay. Mickey suddenly recalled the atomic weight of the banana (it is HEAVY).
15 minutes later after placing the banana every so gently in his hand, he and I walked hand in hand (while he tipped his head up to the sky and wailed like a banshee) to place the banana on the table. Mission accomplished! He got a “good job” and a high five! Moms….pick your battles wisely!
Underneath the crazy moments are the sweet little babies that we have nourished and held for the past few years. And if we focus too much on the tough times, we forget to cling to the sweet moments that slip away too quickly.
Yeah, this week Mickey Blue got into a lot of things (that I am going to have a great time recollecting at his wedding one day…) but you know what else he did?
With his big blue eyes and sweet blond curls, his easy going nature, love of outdoors, excitement over anything new, amazing ability to climb, he is so special.
So mamas, these are the moments I’m going to cling to! Don’t let tired toddler town get you down. My challenge to you is to laugh when the moments are hard and frustrating (because sometimes they really are). Cherish your child because each day with them is a gift. Every day, our sweet babies are less and less connected to us. Hug your child and don’t let go before they do. Be goofy and silly with them. Our children are more important than the stuff we have to get done. Lets speak life over them and into them! I’d love to hear about the great things your little one (or bigger ones too!) have done this week. Let’s celebrate them!
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