I have a serious question, is it terrible twos, troublesome threes, ferocious fours, and oh my freaking gosh five, or is my kid going through toddler menopause? Seriously they have uncontrollable tears, a terrible attitude, and finally, are passive-aggressive. I believe it should be called Toddlerpause.
Remember, I said I have a 5-year-old lady? Well, let me tell you about this kid. When she was about 2 or 3, she would wake up through the night to get in our bed. We’ve tried, everything from,
- singing songs
- reading books, you know, the usual.
I think because she was a nursing baby for a year, she clung to me.
When my daughter was 3-years old, she loved Peppa pig. On her third birthday, we decided to go hog wild. She had a Peppa Pig bed set, a Peppa Pig Halloween costume, toys, pillow, we even bought tickets, to see Peppa pig in concert.
Now fast forward this story to the Monday after her birthday third birthday. She slept quietly in her big girl bed, but by that Tuesday, she was back in my bed. Naturally, I tried to reason with the toddler terrorist.
The conversation went like this:
Me: Baby, you were such a big girl last night, don’t you want to be one again tonight?
My 3-year-old: No, I don’t want to!
Me: (almost in tears) why?
3-year-old: because it’s Tuesday.
What could I say, she was right it was Tuesday?
How many of you have a 5-year-old? How many of you have personally cried in a closet, bathroom, or your bed because of your toddler? I know I have, I have been at the mercy of my toddler’s frustrations.
Parents, what can you do to combat these toddlers?
- meditating on you first so that you can become a better version of yourself
- speak life into them. Stop speaking negativity or negativity will be embedded in them.
- realize you’re not alone. So many parents are also dealing with this.
Toddlers are just mini versions of you and me. They say what they feel and mean what they say. They are here to challenge our very existence. But they are also very loving, kind, and the first one to take care of you when they know that something isn’t right.
But, when they are in rare form, be prepared for the Toddlerpause and get out of the way…