Toddlers: They can be adorable and hilarious and endearing, but they can also be gigantic jerks in tiny bodies. Yup, I said it. The desire for autonomy begins in the toddler stage, but we all know there's a bit of an issue they run into: Their wants don't always line up with their abilities (or their needs). That's why, as far as I'm concerned it's OK to hate the toddler stage.
My son is currently a toddler, and yes, he has this little personality (well, it’s actually a pretty big personality) that has developed that I just love, but OH MY GOD CHILD, would you just listen to me please? Climbing up on things he has fallen off of before, reaching for the stove when a burner is on, asking for “Up. Up. Up. Up. UP.” Especially when I’m trying to prepare dinner. It’s exhausting and sometimes infuriating.
Very important concepts like sharing and being patient need to be taught to these little monsters, and that doesn't just happen in one go. It takes hours of reiteration before they can absorb these lessons, and that can grate on a parent's zen state of being. So if you're struggling through the toddlers years, take heart: You are not alone. A lot of people (who seriously and unwaveringly love their kids) do not love parenting toddlers. Here's why, if you feel that way, you shouldn't worry about what it might say about you: