Okay, the above statement is a flat out lie. Just look at these reasons why I will miss my toddler so much and you’ll get it. Regardless, the inevitable will happen, so I might as well at least pretend that I’m excited my toddler(s) are growing up.
If I dig deep, I can find a few reasons why it won’t be so bad to see my kids get older.
Okay, maybe I don’t have to dig so deep. Perhaps toddlers are difficult for a reason, otherwise we’d all be sobbing our way through life, right?
Oh, you already are? Me too.
But anyway, here are a few reasons I’ll be glad to see my toddler become a kid.
I can take them on an airplane without issue. 1 of 10Okay, maybe not without ANY issue but surely fewer issues than the last time.
See how awful it was the last time I took them on a plane.
No more nursing. 2 of 10I'm aware that I could be done with nursing so for some this doesn't apply, but for me, even though it will be bittersweet, I'll be glad to have my body back.
Check out my weaning progress.
Less toddler junk 3 of 10No more strollers, diaper bags, and cribs.
Here are 8 things I no longer need.
Disgusting habits will disappear…we hope. 4 of 10As our kids get older, hopefully they will learn that boogers are not actually so tasty.
Here are 7 disgusting habits of toddlers.
They can walk around all by themselves. 5 of 10Less "carry me" is good for everyone's back. Okay, it's good for MY back. That's 56 pounds in that picture, y'all.
We can do more stuff. 6 of 10I'm looking forward to doing more hiking and more traveling with two growing boys that can do a lot on their own.
See tips for hiking with your toddler here.
Higher-level thinking conversations 7 of 10As they start to experience and process the world around them, we can engage in some really interesting discussions!
Here are some tips to encourage literacy in your toddler.
No more worrying about naps 8 of 10No more fretting about trying to get home before a nap, or not being able to do go out and stuff because it's right in the middle of nap time.
This mom doesn't fret about naps.
No more diapers and potty training! 9 of 10It will be a relief when the kids get used to going without fear of accidents and definitely without diapers!
Read about some potty training nightmares.
Fewer tantrums 10 of 10Notice how I said "fewer" and not "no." Gotta be realistic, right?
See how a tantrum can be analyzed.
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