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10 Facts I Need to Face As the Parent of a Toddler

mouth prints

Those are actually mouthprints AND fingerprints.

Parenting a toddler is messy business.

Not only is it physically messy, but your emotions are tossed around, your patience is tried, and you may lose some hair due to frustration.

I’ve learned that there are lots of things I wish I could change about my toddler, but I need to accept that nothing will change…until he’s no longer a toddler.

Then EVERYTHING will change and I’ll miss it, because a whole new crop of annoyances will come up.

Sigh.

So, here’s hoping that I learn not to sweat the small(ish) stuff, face the facts of toddler parenthood, and finally, relax and enjoy the ride!

10 Cold Hard Facts Of Toddler Parentdom:

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  • There will always be laundry. 1 of 10
    There will always be laundry.
    Always, always, always. Laundry to do, laundry to fold, and laundry to put away. There will be laundry when I'm dead.
  • There will be fingerprints. 2 of 10
    There will be fingerprints.
    There seems to be a ring of different colored prints around my house at approximately 2 feet above the floor.
  • I will always be tripping on train tracks. 3 of 10
    I will always be tripping on train tracks.
    If I'm not putting them away, I'm tripping on them. Same goes for all the other toys.
  • I need more than beer in my fridge. 4 of 10
    I need more than beer in my fridge.
    This is a cold hard fact.
  • Getting stuff done will be hard for a long time. 5 of 10
    Getting stuff done will be hard for a long time.
    Piles of bills will accumulate, as will other to-do items.
  • I need new bras. 6 of 10
    I need new bras.
    That stretched out nursing bra did me no favors on Valentine's Day.
    Photo via Flickr.
  • My kid likes to eat some gross stuff. 7 of 10
    My kid likes to eat some gross stuff.
    Chunks of cold butter. MMMMMMMmmmmm.
  • There will always be rogue socks. 8 of 10
    There will always be rogue socks.
    Where, oh where have your matches gone? Will we ever know?
  • Getting out the door on time will always be a struggle. 9 of 10
    Getting out the door on time will always be a struggle.
    With two stubborn and independent boys, getting dressed to shoes and teeth brushed is like an obstacle course every morning.
  • I will be wiping someone else’s butt for a long time. 10 of 10
    I will be wiping someone else's butt for a long time.
    Sigh. Do I need to say more about this?

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