The toddlerhood struggle is real, friends. And I am exhausted. I have a toddler, and he seemed to morph into one gradually. He walked at 9 months, but he was still my little baby. Then the melt downs started. In the beginning, they were too cute to worry about. But now he’s 18 months old, and even though he’s still a joy, he has also completely taken over. He. Is. Winning.
I’ve always been a little bit of a push over, but I when I became a mother, I thought some sort of disciplinarian would kick in.
It did not.
My toddler decided he doesn’t want to sit in his high chair to eat. He screams and kicks when I try. And if I force him he just cries and does not eat. So I fold and sit him on a towel on the couch where he eats his dinner.
And he watches an iPad. Yes, that happened too.
I didn’t want to introduce screens so soon, but my husband (yes, I’m blaming him) thought he might be able to learn from some apps. Cut to my child – obsessed with the iPad. He wants to watch it all the time! My only saving grace is that he usually gets bored with it and does another activity. But when he wants it, there’s no turning back.
We play educational games and watch trucks on YouTube, but it still seems excessive. However, I can actually get something done when he’s on the iPad. And it’s nice to pee alone or not have him “help” me unload the dishwasher. Luckily, I’m better at saying, “No more iPad.” if he’s watched it for a little bit. But it still breaks my heart when I say no to him.
I guess you could call me a “free range” parent. He only wears shorts and shoes when we go on outings, and he’s pretty much naked the rest of the time. Toddlerhood struggle, am i right?
I’ve even started taking him to daycare in a diaper because he throws a fit when I try to put clothes on him. So there’s also that. Of course, he’s an angel for other people and puts his clothes on without a fuss. And tonight, I even let him bring his giant truck to bed so he wouldn’t fuss about it. I am too weak to say no, and I wish I could take some power back.
I can’t bribe my toddler yet.
He doesn’t like sweets or certain toys that much yet, so the meltdowns when I try to get my way continue. I have nothing on him. I. Am. Exhausted.
I know that toddlerhood is just a phase in the grand scheme of life. So I just hold onto all the times when he is the sweetest little boy, hugging and kissing his momma because I am his whole world. I know he is frustrated because he wants to communicate better. That’s what makes him and all the other toddlers out there so much work.