Scary Mommy: 10 Things That Are Awesome About Toddlers
For every struggle and frustration all parents have with their toddlers, there always seem to be twice as many great things. For me, itâ€™s easy to list the annoying parts of parenting. The good things, often hidden in the little things my kids do, are fleeting. If I donâ€™t pay close attention, those moments are gone, lost in the whirl of the day-to-day grind. But these things? Are pretty awesomeâ€¦
1. Having ice cream for dinner and candy for breakfast.Â Iâ€™m not going to feed this to my kids on a regular basis because I want my kids to be healthy, eating a balanced diet of fruits and veggies. I donâ€™t care about myself; my body is wasting away one year at a time as I get closer and closer to being 85. Sure, I want to set a good example for my children but, ice cream and, I can
2. Pre-school Christmas programs.Â Thereâ€™s something about watching my kids stand on a stage looking like a deer in the headlights thatâ€™s endearing. Sure, theyâ€™re too terrified to shake their jingle bells but those antler headbands? Adorable.
3.Â Being the center of their life.Â If you think about the span of a childâ€™s life, their toddler and preschool years are a very small part of it. These years are too short. Like the neck-wrap hugs, I try and savor every second. I know someday they have to break away to figure out who they are. But, for now, Iâ€™ll take being one of the coolest people in their life. Iâ€™m behind Daddy and both cats, but still in the top five.
4. Picking my kids up from preschool.Â Never are my kids more excited to see me than when I pick them up from the educational prison I dropped them off at x amount of hours before. For about twelve seconds,Â Iâ€™m a celebrity.
5. Playing with toys.Â Letâ€™s face it, we all like to play with toys and having kids gives us an excuse to be a kid again. From Play-Doh to Playgrounds, itâ€™s like a second childhood. Except without the middle school bullies and awkward school photos.
6. Hugs you canâ€™t get out of.Â The best feeling in my life is when my two-year-old kisses my cheek, wraps her arms around my neck and wonâ€™t let go. This is just fine because Iâ€™d rather she didnâ€™t let go.Â Ever.
7. Putting together Christmas gifts.Â Every year we have always put together one big gift for our kids in front of the Christmas tree, unwrappedâ€”after four to five glasses of wine wrapping seems like such a silly and weird tradition. Also, we canâ€™t operate the tape dispenser. No words can ever describe the joy I feel when I see my kids excited. Itâ€™s not limited to just gifts; itâ€™s also when they go to a new place, meet new people or when I let them have candy for breakfast.