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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:


  • 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

Article Posted 5 years Ago

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