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The Toddler Years – A Series Of Tales And Tantrums

Everyone says having a newborn is hard; sleep deprivation, feeding every 3 hours…. These people have not had a toddler yet!

Yes ok, doing night feeds takes its toll, for some it lasts ages, for others it takes a couple of months. But babies do nothing! They eat, they sleep, they shit… Repeat for 24 hours.

Toddler parents are a whole different level of tired. A lucky few will have a toddler that sleeps through every night but this does not mean the parent is any less tired.

Have you ever wanted to go to bed at 7pm because you’re mentally exhausted? Have you ever drunk that much caffeine you’ve given yourself the shakes? No?

Toddlers are like a whole different species. You give birth to this perfect, tiny little bundle that has completely ruined your vagina/stomach/both (delete as appropriate). You spend days and nights awake, catering to its every whim and just as you think it’s getting easier…. BHAM!! Toddler!

The Toddler Years - They look quite cute, at times

Parenting a toddler is like trying to control a honey badger. They look quite cute but piss it off and it’ll drop a stink bomb and bite you so hard you need a tetanus jab and stitches. Possibly even plastic surgery.

The toddler learns its favourite word quite early on. The word “No” becomes commonplace in every household.
Parent: “We’re having pasta for dinner”
Toddler: “No!”
Parent’s inner monologue: “It wasn’t a question..”

The word “No” will also be said by the parent, many times a day.
*Toddler picks nose and goes to wipe it on the TV screen*
Parent: “No! Not on there!”
*Toddler does it anyway*

The Toddler Years - The common reaction to being told no

You could turn this into a drinking game: take a shot every time the word “No” gets said through the day.

*Disclaimer* don’t do this because you will die!

The Toddler Years – A Series

I have started this blog series as an insight in to toddlers and their behaviour. I don’t think any parents will necessarily learn anything from it but I think it will give new parents an opportunity to see what they have got themselves into. It’s also a nice realisation that you’re not the only one going through it, because we do imagine we are!

Every other week I will be having guest posts from other toddler wranglers who have stories to share about their precious little humans. Including one from my own Other Half.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them in advance because I know first hand how much time toddler’s take up. Finding time to write additional blog posts is not easy!

So, let’s enjoy these posts about the toddler years and the fact that we’re not alone in our struggles with raising them.

The Toddler Years - A Series Of Tales And Tantrums
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19 Comments

  • Louise

    Looking forward to reading more!! It is certainly a challenging time….and then hits the threenagers and the four year old who knows what he wants when he wants and won’t listen in the slightest….even when he’s wrong!! And I’ve got it all to go again with little miss. Ha ha. Really think I need to try and like coffee!

    • Carly Bloggs

      πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’d say it gets easier but…. I’m now going through the prenager stage too and that is also…. interesting πŸ™ˆ

  • Shan

    Seriously I forgot how difficult it was meandering back into the terrible twos. I thought I was a pro. But an eight year gap just made me complacent. I’d honestly forgotten. Or maybe it was just so traumatic my brain blacked it out? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • Carly Bloggs

      I wonder the same!! I’m sure my daughter wasn’t quite so bad but I really can’t remember πŸ˜‚

  • Shan

    Seriously I forgot how difficult it was meandering back into the terrible twos. I thought I was a pro. But an eight year gap just made me complacent. I’d honestly forgotten. Or maybe it was just so traumatic my brain blacked it out? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Lucy At Home

    This looks set to be an interesting series. Parenting is definitely a hundred times harder than I ever imagined…!

    And someone else is looking forward to the series too because they chose to add this post to the BlogCrush linky for some extra exposure. Hurray! Feel free to pop by and grab your β€œI’ve been featured” blog badge πŸ™‚ #blogcrush

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