10 Inconveniences of Life with a Toddler

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I’m usually a sippy-cup-is-half-full kind of toddler mom. There are times, though, when that proverbial sippy cup is rolling around half empty on the floor of my minivan, and what’s it half-empty of, you may wonder? Spoiled milk.

Let’s face it: toddlers can be delightful little people, full of wonder and innocence and all things good, but life with a toddler isn’t always easy. It can be downright hard.

Here are ten examples of what I’m talking about. Do any of them sound familiar?


  • You can never seem to find the right sippy cup lid. 1 of 10
    You can never seem to find the right sippy cup lid.
    Seriously, this is one of life's little mysteries. Where do they go?
  • They suddenly have to pee anytime you go anywhere. 2 of 10
    They suddenly have to pee anytime you go anywhere.
    When I say I'm pretty sure I've visited every public restroom in town, I mean it. Newly potty-trained toddlers love checking 'em out. whether they really have to go or not.
  • Your remote is permanently lost. 3 of 10
    Your remote is permanently lost.
    I've found mine in the couch cushions, in the minivan, in a pair of knee-high boots and in the pantry.
  • Two words: coitus interruptus. 4 of 10
    Two words: coitus interruptus.
    'Nuff said.
  • Upon your child’s 2nd birthday, you surrender all rights to your iPhone. 5 of 10
    Upon your child's 2nd birthday, you surrender all rights to your iPhone.
    Just hand it over. It's gone.
  • 5:30 am suddenly seems like an acceptable time to start your day. 6 of 10
    5:30 am suddenly seems like an acceptable time to start your day.
    I accomplish more before 7 am than I did in entire days pre-motherhood. Rise and shine!
  • Road trips take at least twice as long. 7 of 10
    Road trips take at least twice as long.
    Why? Here are just a few possibilities: Something spills. Somebody's blankie gets left at the rest stop and you have to go back. Someone has to go potty.
  • Seriously, where do all their socks go? 8 of 10
    Seriously, where do all their socks go?
    They're with the sippy cup lids and remote controls.
  • There is no such thing as privacy. Especially in the bathroom. 9 of 10
    There is no such thing as privacy. Especially in the bathroom.
    I don't even bother closing the door anymore.
  • They tug at your heartstrings at the most inconvenient times. 10 of 10
    They tug at your heartstrings at the most inconvenient times.
    As stressful as life sometimes gets with a toddler, they sure know how to make up for it. The silly smiles. The hand-drawn masterpieces they bring home from preschool. The sudden, "I really REALLY love you mommy!" moments.

More by Mary Lauren:

Eight Things I Wish I’d Never, Ever Let My Toddler Do

Things I Didn’t Realize Until My Toddler Started Walking

You Asked, I Answered: How Can I Get My Toddler to Listen?

 

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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