If you have ever put a toddler to bed and answered just one more question, responded to just one more call for a sip of water, given in to just one more book, then you are a bona fide pro at dealing with kiddos who like to see how far they can stretch their boundaries. There is, after all, a reason why the book Go The F*ck To Sleep was written. But what are some signs your toddler is testing you and you need to stand your ground? Because knowing when and when not to give in can be a tough line to walk.
We've all been there, of course. When I posted the query on my social mediums, Joan commented: "First sign: is he awake? He's testing you!" Because, right? Even the royal family knows what it's like to deal with temperamental toddlers. According to Town & Country, the photographer had to bribe the kids with candy in order to get them to smile for post-wedding photos.
But sometimes you have to draw a line in the sand. After all, if you give in too many times or chalk everything up to them being tired, then you might all of a sudden have a toddler on your hands who thinks they run the show.
And because that's not an option, I've put together the inside scoop on what's happening inside that tiny mind and how best to navigate it. Because moms, we stick together.