We all have different abilities. Some are great at math, some are great at fixing things, some are great cooks, and I'm none of those things. I do love learning languages and I've spent most of my life working with our youngest members of society from the ages of 0 to 18. I'm exceptionally fond of working with itsy bitsy babies, preschoolers, and teens. On the flip side, in my years of working at a local preschool, I would generally try to avoid those between the ages 16 to 36 months. Those little people I like to avoid are also known as:
These little people are brilliant. They are little explorers, learning and discovering the world around them. They are learning how to be people. They are learning how to be independent. They are also learning how to push the limits of our sanity. These little geniuses drive me absolutely MAD with their limit pushing.
People, I'm going to be really honest with you. But I'll warn you that I've had friends look at me like I have three heads and fifty eyes for saying this. I don't really like toddlers, and I'm currently the mother to a toddler. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love and adore my toddler. But I don't always like the behavior of this little person. Yeah I know toddlers are great in many ways! They're growing and learning so much every day, and we ge to be a part of it as parents. It's a privilege, and we get to watch them go through this process, but it's also maddening along the way!
In recent months I stumbled upon this post about surviving the "terrible twos," and now I'm love with the Danes. They don't refer to this period of time as the "terrible twos," or anything like that but as the "boundary stage." This couldn't be more accurate, as these little people are constantly working to understand the what boundaries exist around them. My precious toddler isn't a psychopath, she's just exploring another boundary!
Now don't you dare think I'm healed of my toddler anxiety and frustration. I still have A LOT of work to do. I do plan to share with you more on how I'm managing this and resources I've found along the way. And if you have great resources, please share them, as I could use them too! Please know you are not alone in this toddler struggle, I'm in the thick of it with you!