14 Things I’ve Learned About Raising Toddlers

14 Things Every Mom Should Know

The past 2 ½ years have been the best ones in my life, thanks to these 2 faces:

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My husband and I say all the time that we don’t know what we would have done if our little boys hadn’t come into our family. Here are just a few of the things I’ve learned and experienced during these few years about raising toddlers… I’m sure other mothers can add many more to the list!

  1. Once you have kids, they completely steal your heart. You can barely remember what life was like before they came along.
  2. Having 2 is better than 1! Sure, it takes a lot more energy from Mommy and Daddy, but it’s double the love and double the fun!
  3. You are their “mommy”. Sometimes this feels more like being a glorified maid and waitress as you clean up the umpteenth mess and fill the cups/plates again… but it melts your heart just the same.
  4. You used to think you knew people that talked a lot… until your toddler arrived. Now you REALLY know someone that talks a lot (nonstop, if they’re like mine)!
  5. Your faith takes on a totally new dimension. You’ve always heard about God’s love, but experiencing the love you have for your kids brings your understanding of God’s love to a totally new level.
  6. Remember everything you used to say you would “never do” when you become a parent? By now, you’ve done them all!
  7. You used to love peace and quiet. Now, when things get quiet for a little while, you wonder what’s wrong and who’s doing what.
  8. I used to think that selling apple and grape juice as toddler favorites was just a marketing technique.  It’s not – they really do love it.
  9. Turn everything into a game and it becomes easier.
  10. Start teaching your toddlers your faith from a young age. They might not understand everything yet, but regular prayer, church-going, etc. gives them a lot of security and exposes them to practices that they’ll understand better later.
  11. You’re not selfish by wanting some time alone, or together with your husband, without the kids. You’re doing a favor to both you and the kids. It renews your energies, helps take care of your needs (and you do continue having needs after having kids), and makes you that much more excited to be with them again afterwards.
  12. If you and/or your husband have independent personalities, be prepared to see this reflected in your toddler!
  13. Kids expect their mommies to have all the answers.
  14. It’s impossible to convince a 2 year old that something he thinks is a (fill in the blank – train, truck, car, elevator, computer) is, in reality, something else.

Every year seems to get better! I can’t wait to keep learning more and more as a wife and mother, and to keep seeing, year by year, what God has in store for our family!

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