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Things I Don’t Miss about Toddlers

I love my nephew. I really do. But when I see my two-year-old nephew, I remember what it was like to have toddlers in my house (and on the couch, the tables, and the counters) and I remember to appreciate the ability to remain seated and to eat with both hands at the same time. Also, I remember what I don ’t miss about having toddlers around. Here are five of them.

When it comes to toddlers, I don t miss ...

  1. ... having to scan the room for potential hazards, much like the Secret Service at the Presidential Inauguration.
  2. ... shoving dinner down the chute in four minutes, forty-four seconds (toddlerhood meal average) so I can get back to following a toddler up the stairs, down the stairs, up the stairs ...
  3. ... enduring meltdowns over the gum/mints/Reese ’s Peanut Butter Cups/Good Housekeeping magazine with the cupcake on the cover that's eye level in the supermarket.
  4. ... nap-inducing drives around the neighborhood. (Why do they work better on Mommy?).
  5. ... mysterious sticky substances on various surfaces, including the cat ’s fur and my boots.

For more Toddler memories, check out Jen Singer ’s new book, Presents: Stop Second-Guessing Yourself - The Toddler Years.

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