It's easy to wax poetic about how fun and exciting and adorable toddlers are. They're coming into their own; they're exploring the world around them with fearlessness and intrigue; they're developing their own unique personalities; they're able to say "I love you" and kill you with absolute cuteness. However, while all of that is true, there are some things no on actually likes about toddlers, too. After all, you can't have the absolutely good without some of the undeniably bad, right?
When I had my daughter, everyone told me that while the baby stage was fun and precious and something I should treasure, I would probably have more fun once my little newborn became a rambunctious toddler. Turns out, they weren't lying. Now that she has discovered her imagination, knows how to use it, and can communicate how she's using it, she's this portal to an entirely new world of fun and adventure and it's, honestly, the best. I get to be a kid again, because my kid is free to be her toddler self.
However, with this newfound freedom and burst of creative energy, has come defiance and a constant need to assert her independence. Both aren't necessarily a bad thing, but, well, it's not all roses when you have a toddler. For example: