It’s true that toddlers can be trying. Between the temper tantrums, fits of independence, outside voices, and endless questions it’s enough to make a mom go crazy. But there’s also a whole lot to love. Today we are going remind you of 10 things to cherish about – and learn from! – your toddler when times get tough. Things like:
Curiosity and wonder
Toddlers are naturally inquisitive. Seeing the world through their eyes is a constant reminder of the beauty and magic that surrounds us every day. Follow their lead! Next time your toddler slows to scope out a slug on the sidewalk stop! Stop and smell the roses, watch the clouds, and listen to the wind blowing.
Living in the moment
For toddlers, there’s no time like the present. Literally. They live without a care for the future or a worry about the past. Who couldn’t do a bit better at living in the now? Forget your schedule, your chores, your work. Play, laugh, sing, and skip when the urge strikes.
If play is the work of the child, then toddlers love their work! Anything and everything can be turned into a game, full of delight, surprise, and laughter. So many adults have forgotten how to play but our toddlers are more than happy to show us the way.
Beating their own drums
Toddlers live by their own set of rules and are blind to most norms and expectations. They do what they want, say what they want, wear what they want… It’s not always convenient or comfortable for their parents, but admit it… wouldn’t it be nice to do the same?
There’s nothing quite like a sleepy toddler in your lap, listening to a favorite story or humming a sweet tune. Cherish those times… they don’t last forever.
True, there’s nothing like story time. Except maybe nap time! Yes, toddlers still nap, giving Mom at least a few precious minutes of down time to get a bit of work done or better yet, to relax. (Visit our blog for some truly luxurious ways to pamper yourself at home!)
For better or worse, there’s no candy coating a toddler’s opinion. You always know just where you stand.
Willingness to learn
Toddlers aren’t just willing to learn – they crave new information. Next time you feel reluctant or nervous about taking on a new task, try the toddler approach and dive in head first!
The gifts they give
Never turn down a gift from a toddler! Whether it’s a sticky lollipop or a dandelion flower, they’re freely giving you all that they have to give. Accept it – whatever it is! – with open arms.
The way they love you
And then, there’s the way they love you. Kisses and cuddles and hugs that make you feel like the most important person in the world – because, to them, you are!
Although the days may drag, the years fly by, so relish this time with your toddler!