Everyone wants to share their parenting advice, it doesn’t matter if it’s your mom, your aunt, or even the lady in the checkout line at the grocery store. They all have some kind of advice they feel that you need and that they need to share. The thing is that it seems that no one ever tells you important things, such as these 10 things that no one told me about having a 2-year-old!
I have had a 2-year-old for about 6 months now, and I have to say that I wasn’t prepared for any of this because no one told me these important things! Now that I know them, I think it’s important to share them with you so you can be prepared.
- Once they discover they can do something, you can’t do it anymore. There are times when I am so proud that my daughter can put her shoes on herself, I mean who doesn’t want their child to be a little independent? At the same time, when it takes her 10 minutes to put her shoes on, I wish she never figured it out, seriously we need to leave like now child!
- They will be ready to give up that last nap way before you are! I thought for sure I had at least 5 years of nap time before my daughter decided it was time to give up her naps. I think I may be mistaken. Recently it is taking her longer and longer to fall asleep for her nap, and when she does take a nap, it takes her longer and longer to fall asleep at night. I am not ready to give up my 2 1/2 hours of quiet in the afternoons, but it looks like I won’t be having quiet in the afternoon for much longer!
- That whole thing about not letting toddlers watch more than an hour of TV a day is crap. Seriously, when you have a 2-year-old screaming that she wants to watch Paw Patrol and you just want to get stuff done, can it really hurt to let her watch it again? I mean it’s educational, right?
- You will fail at potty training at least once as a parent. One day your toddler comes to you and says she wants to use the potty and you think “wow, that wasn’t as bad as everyone made it out to be” and you pull out the potty chair, stickers, candy, and undies! You give it a try for a couple of days and one day it clicks and you think that was easy! Then the next day you are cleaning pee off the floor yet again, then in a couple more days you are back to diapers because she decided she was a baby again and doesn’t want to use the potty.
- Your child will make everything dangerous. Your child will climb up on your dining room table and try to jump off. She will pull drawers out and climb up them if you don’t watch, or climb up the bookcase. You may think your couch is a safe place until your child decides to climb up the back of it and fall off. Hills, stairs, roads, you name it, you will have a heart attack every time you see your child near them!
- Food preferences will change daily. Your child will love hot dogs one day and the next day she will hate them. Trust me, it happens.
- When it doubt, dip it. However, if your child decides they don’t like a food that you know they like, give them some kind of dip, they will eat it then. The only trouble with that is you may have to start giving them dip for everything, but hey, if it gets them to eat who cares? Ketchup is a vegetable, right?
- No one can understand your toddler but you. When you visit a family member and your toddler asks for something you will know instantly what they are asking for while everyone else will look puzzled. You know that “bana” means banana, “bankie” means blankie, and “bikie” means binky. Does this count as a second language?
- You will wonder where they get all their energy. I mean seriously, my daughter never stops, even when I put her to bed, I swear she is kicking when she falls asleep, and if I didn’t put her in bed, she would never stop!
- Chances are you toddler will pick the worst time to be cute or learn something new. I have been working with my daughter for months now on counting, and she doesn’t get it, until one night she is getting in trouble and I tell her she has until the count of three to get upstairs to bed. What do you know, she counts to three all on her own. It’s horrible because she’s getting in trouble but I am so proud of her for counting all on her own. It’s hard to be mad at someone when they are so cute, too bad this doesn’t work in a marriage!
Chances are no one told you these things about having a 2 year old, but now I have so you can be prepared. Even though it sounds like it’s a pain though, having a 2 year old is a blessing and a joy. I love every day with her and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
What did you learn about having a 2 year old that no one told you?