8 Ways You Know You Need A Break From Parenting A Toddler

stop signWe’ve all been there. Sometimes, there are just moments when you need to hold up a stop sign or make the “time-out T” with your arms. Those moments probably come more frequently than you care to mention, and rarely do you ever get to take those breaks. We parents have to  power through the ridiculous moments and insanity that is raising a toddler (or two).  Even so, it’s good to have a check-in once in a while, to remember that you’re not alone, and while you can’t always take that break, to make a mental note that you probably should. I wonder if you can ‘bank’ breaks…oh yeah, that’s called RETIREMENT. See you in forty years.

So here are 8 ways you know you need a break from your toddler:

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  • You’d rather do dishes than hang around your toddler. 1 of 8
    You'd rather do dishes than hang around your toddler.
    Don't tell me you haven't chosen this route.
  • You have breakfast on your face at 4pm 2 of 8
    You have breakfast on your face at 4pm
    The mirror can be an excellent reality check.
  • You CANNOT get this song out of your head. 3 of 8
    You CANNOT get this song out of your head.
    If you don't know this song yet,
    I'll happily plant it in your brain.
  • Your child is using you as a climbing structure. 4 of 8
    Your child is using you as a climbing structure.
    And you're too tired to move.
  • You find yourself eating chopped food on this plate every night. 5 of 8
    You find yourself eating chopped food on this plate every night.
  • You’re having tantrums, too. 6 of 8
    You're having tantrums, too.
  • These are the only words that have come out of your mouth for the last hour: 7 of 8
    These are the only words that have come out of your mouth for the last hour:
    "No! No! Stop! Don't do that! Get off of there! I told you to get off of there! Please get out of the toilet! That's sharp! Don't eat that!"
  • You call your husband your child’s name and your child your husband’s name. 8 of 8
    You call your husband your child's name and your child your husband's name.

Image Credits
Feist: Sesame Street.org
bagel with butter: Flickr/Jason Hutchens
screaming pottery: Flickr/NUCO
Do Not Enter:Flickr/Tallent Show
Stop: Flickr/annnna
Question Mark: Flickr/Demi Brooke
Jungle Gym: Flickr/subewl
Dirty Dishes: Flickr/uzi978

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