By the time your child becomes a toddler, you’re a somewhat seasoned parent, and all your well-meaning friends and family members are pretty much done (for the most part) offering you sage and unsolicited advice. However, if my parenting experience is anything like the rest, there are things no one says about raising a toddler that many of us, if not all us, could benefit from hearing if not currently experiencing. In fact, this knowledge has brought me great solace during many of my most trying parental, um, tribulations (read: toddler tantrums). We’ve all been there, you guys. This is par for the course, I promise. The toddler years were, I have decided, created to test parents and knock us down a peg or to in order to remind us, in the most hilarious albeit difficult of ways, that we're like Jon Snow. We know nothing.
OK, to be completely fair, I'm basis the majority of my hypothesis on personal experience, but still, you get my drift. The toddler years are tricky and challenging, but often overshadowed by the baby years. I mean, where are the "toddler stores" where I can go get twenty versions of the same shirt because my kid will mess up all of them? Or some sort of inflatable dome I can put him in to protect the walls and the carpet whenever we eat spaghetti? Or that sells educational and enjoyable kids programming DVDs that won’t drive me absolutely bonkers? Someone with an entrepreneurial spirit may want to get on that.
The truth is, once you pass the year mark people assume you have a pretty good idea of what you're doing. You do, to be sure, but that doesn't mean you don't have additional challenges and moments of utter loss ahead. So, with that being said, let’s actually talk about the toddler years, shall we?