Parenting toddlers is one of the biggest challenges anyone can undertake. It’s a chase and a battle to get your toddlers dressed, to feed them, teach them, spend time with them, clean up after them, cook for them, all the while managing work and other commitments. But we know it’s all worth it.
Every Lego on the floor cleverly missed and every tantrum skilfully placated deserves a round of applause, as with every hug given out and every other time you know you wouldn’t have it any other way.
There are some things only parents of toddlers understand.
1. There is no manual for raising kids.
With the thousands of books on raising kids out there, you’d think that one of them would tell you exactly how to be a good parent. The truth is, no two kids are the same and no amount of books are going to tell you how to do it right. Your two-year-old could be a screaming banshee and can only utter broken sentences while your neighbour who’s got it all has a two year old who’s half on her way on finding a cure for cancer, and she can put herself to bed promptly at 9pm every night. No two kids are the same, and there is hardly any point comparing.
2. 6am is no longer the time you get in, it’s the time you get up.
You used to be able to stay up and sleep in, now that option is totally out.
3. Instead of running away from vomit, you run towards it.
OH NO, what could it be that’s causing your child to be sick! Better get him to the doctor immediately!
4. Silence is not always golden
Has this ever happened to you? You think you lucked out because your whole house is quiet. You think it’s the result of good behaviour, but you are scarily wrong. Not all the time, thankfully, but there have been some times.
5. The last time you looked at the mirror was with half-closed eyes while brushing your teeth.
There’s no proper time to stand in front of the mirror to preen, pose and groom. Bathroom time alone gets interrupted very easily because there’s always someone around the house or something to tend to.
6. Parents have extra visionary powers
Parents have been trained to keep one eye on their running toddler, and another eye on the display rack, and another eye on the surroundings for any potential danger, and the clock to figure out if it’s time to eat or sleep or leave, and anything else. Being a parent of a toddler means you immediately acquire super-vision.
7. You don’t know any adult TV shows. The only TV shows you know are the cartoons your toddler watches.
If it’s a battle of Arrow versus Peppa Pig, somehow Peppa Pig wins.
Parenting toddlers isn’t an easy thing to do, and neither is parenting new borns as well. Know a parent who’s adding on a little fellow to their family for their first time? A Diaper Cake is the perfect gift to them – it’s made of rompers, shoes, bibs and a soft toy, everything a new baby could need or want in their first few months of life.
A gift of love and consideration, what else is better?