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Ten Truths about Toddlers: What Parents Should Know

By marylweimer |

Congratulations! You’re now the parent of a toddler.

Let me be the first to welcome you to a world of big girl beds and sippy cups, of vanishing naps and escalating temper tantrums.

It’s a loud, messy place and it’s frequently  occasionally frustrating but I’m happy to call it home.

When I think about the changes my toddler is experiencing right before my eyes, it’s truly remarkable. She’s gone through so many transitions in such a short period of time- potty training, ditching her binky, and starting preschool to name a few- that I can excuse some of her more terrifying demanding behavior.

I mean, I acted out when Regis retired so I can hardly blame my daughter for resisting change.

Here’s the thing about parenting: with every age and stage come new challenges. Here are 10 things I wish I’d known when I was a new toddler mom- some are silly, some are serious, but they’re all toddler truths.

Add yours in the comments!

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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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7 thoughts on “Ten Truths about Toddlers: What Parents Should Know

  1. January says:

    So sweet! Love all the tantrum pics – oh man can I relate. (I also had a bit of a tantrum when I found out Regis was retiring).

  2. Lydia Meyers says:

    They say things and do things that family members will remind them of until they are 80.

  3. The Mommy Psychologist says:

    Really, I think they just hate all clothes. Naked or in underwear is the dresscode. Oh and boots. Lots of boots.

    “The child psychologist who thought she had all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.”

  4. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger says:

    I really wish someone had told me all this a few years ago. ;)

  5. Joyce@MommyTalkShow says:

    I really needed this when my son was a few months old. Toddlers have such strong personalities and develop so quickly.
    Much of what’s frustrating for them and us parents can turn at the drop of a dime into a giggle fest.
    The key is to wait it out.

  6. brit says:

    why does the last girl have a binkie in her mouth!!??? AHHHH

  7. abracadabra says:

    i agree that little girl is way to big for a binkie! anyways i think most of these are pretty common sense.. but still cute! Especially the temper tantrums. They are so cute when its just a picture of someone else’s kid, with no sound!

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