Terrible twos? I think not. Everything important I know about life, I learned from my toddler!
Pictures by Mily Cooper PhotographyI may inspire some snarky comments with this…..but I LOVE toddler life. After all the “terrible twos” warnings, I have to admit I was a little worried about Lydia entering this phase. But, I LOVE it. She's funny, animated, and talks up a storm. And honestly? Most of the things she does? We should probably all take note. I've learned more from our little toddler than I have in years. Everything I Need To Know, I've Learned From My Toddler:
Be Persistent: You want something? Keep trying. Someone tells you no? Just ask somebody else! Now, for a toddler this may be a few extra minutes of Daniel Tiger or a piece of candy before dinner…..but, I have to say I admire her commitment. As adults, we accept rejection. It has a strong effect on us. We shrug our shoulders and move on. Do we negotiate? Not usually. Do we find another source and ask THEM? Nope.
Macaroni and Cheese is a Food Group: I mean, enough said. Right? It's delicious. Add a vegetable…..and you could live off of it.Be Clear About Your Needs and Feelings: Toddlers certainly let you know when they're unhappy (hello tantrums). And the reality is, the older we get….the more we learn to mask our emotions. We swallow our feelings. We don't necessarily say “that bothers me” or “that really hurt my feelings”. Maybe we should all be a little more transparent?Home is Where the Heart Is: My toddler has no idea whether we live in a mansion or an apartment. She doesn't know what tax bracket we fall into. She doesn't care what degrees we have. She just knows that her needs are met, her family loves her, and that she has a loving place to live. As adults, we get caught up in adulthood. We want the white picket fence, the bigger house, the nicer car. Often, we want these things under the pretense of providing the best life for our children. I'm willing to bet, they don't care as much as WE do.
Find Joy in the Everyday: Lydia doesn't need a $300 toy…..she's perfectly happy with a sand bucket, a shovel, and time at the park. In the hustle and bustle of life……how often do we just play? How often do we just enjoy the basic beauty in our surroundings? Maybe we all need to look around, enjoy the view, smell the roses, and play in the sandbox.
Naps Are the Best Thing Ever: Even the biggest crisis, looks less daunting after a nap. Naps are refreshing, good productivity, and great mood lifters. Maybe they should be a mandatory part of the workday?No Is a Complete Answer: Sometimes, the answer is just NO. We try to justify our no responses. I feel the need to explain myself, why I can't do things, or how it's not my fault. Sometimes, it's ok to just say no to activities or opportunities we aren't interested in.Let it Go: I can't believe how quickly toddlers release their anger or frustration. Within two minutes, it's like it never happened. As adults, we stew. We hold grudges. For toddlers? It's done, and in the past. Amazing, right? So mamas……what life lessons have you learned from YOUR toddler?
Interested in more musings about motherhood? Check out: