Raising a toddler is quite the experience. It requires patience, understanding, and usually wine. While toddlers are the cutest, most charming, cuddly little people, they also wreak total havoc on your life. They lack coordination, social filters, and restraint. They're the quintessential example of the IDGAF attitude, and sometimes that stresses us parents out to the point we can't help but wonder what possessed our formerly sweet babies. Still, there are things I can't blame on my 2 year old — it's toddlerhood's fault, through and through.
When my kid passed that "terrible 2s" threshold, I was surprised at how much more work, and sometimes how utterly exhausting, he became. I love my son to pieces, but he can be a handful. I recognize this, as I can safely assume every toddler is a challenge. Some of those challengers are essentially my fault, though, like if he’s exhausted because he didn’t get to have his nap while we were out and about. If we took too long to eat breakfast in the morning, that's on me, too. I'm basically just setting him up for failure; putting him in emotionally challenging situations he's not equipped to handle. So, yeah, from time to time he's bound to melt down.
Then, of course, there are the other situations that really and truly aren't anyone's fault. In fact, they're just indicitive of how toddlers explore, understand, and process the world around them. Don't believe me? Well, run through the following list and, I hope, you'll see what I mean.