When I was expecting my first son, I was excited, but admittedly clueless about what I was getting into, so I signed up for a “Caring for your Newborn Class” at the hospital where I’d be delivering. As you may guess, they taught the basics of what to anticipate and how to navigate those precious first few months.
The class was helpful, I learned a lot, and would recommend a similar class to any mom. The only problem? No matter how frequently (or frantically) I search, I can't seem to find a comparable class that offers professional guidance for raising sassy toddlers.
As much of a missed opportunity as this seems like for the hospital, I can't help but imagine what the course material would be if this class were to actually exist. My guess is something like an opening lecture about buying sturdy toys that won’t break when they’re chewed on, thrown, or dropped time after time. This would be followed up with a breakout session on how to get your previously perfect eater to actually eat their vegetables, where moms would trade secrets like keeping Simply HEINZ Ketchup on hand, which is a trusty mealtime partner made with real and simple ingredients that kids will happily enjoy with nearly anything. The class would wrap up with a generous pour of wine and a toast to all the patient moms in the room, because we deserve it.
Though I was never offered a toddler class, I have been through the experience of raising two toddlers, and am happy that Romper and Simply HEINZ Ketchup have teamed up to share a bit of wisdom on how to make raising a feisty toddler a little bit easier. Here are a few of my most tried-and-true tips: