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 ...
- ... having to scan the room for potential hazards, much like the Secret Service at the Presidential Inauguration.
- ... 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 ...
- ... 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.
- ... nap-inducing drives around the neighborhood. (Why do they work better on Mommy?).
- ... 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, MommaSaid.net Presents: Stop Second-Guessing Yourself - The Toddler Years.