Dear Parents of Toddlers,
I pride myself in knowing this blog is a resource for many of you that struggle with toddler mealtime madness. In fact, some of my most popular posts are what inspire me to keep sharing the real-deal. The mess. The food throwing. And yes, the mealtime wins.
Before I continue on my toddler rant… If you are new to Mom to Mom Nutrition then you might like some of these toddler feeding resources:
Lately my toddlers [oh my, I’m about to have 3 in the house in less than 10 days] have given me enough content to write beyond their food habits. I actually just created a toddler life tab on the blog! And if you’ve been around my boys within the past two months you why. Let me just fill the rest of you in on the Serbinski toddler happenings:
1. A certain duo will NOT STOP talking about, calling each other, or calling their friends and family the P word. Yes, the word that is their coveted private part. Anthony even started waving at people at Target and addressing them as THE WORD! Now yes, it was funny the first time, but now it’s become a little ridiculous. Just a little… the good news is I haven’t heard any teacher or camp counselor tell me they are using it in school!
2. Bedtime. Need I say more? Bedtime has become like a circus routine no matter how calm, peaceful, or routine-filled we try to make it. I probably give 500 kisses and hugs by the time their little eyes shut. I even think they are purposely losing their favorite stuffed animals before bed to continue stalling! Plus, the boys run in and out of their room no matter what is threatened [and yes we do follow through with our threats], no matter how short their afternoon naps were, and no matter how much activity they have before bed.
3. Dividing attention among all of the kids— and still having energy for myself [and my husband]. This one is SO hard for me. And something I never thought twice about before growing our family. Now that Lily is super active and wanting to be in the action with her brothers, I’m finding my Anthony to be a little more emotional and needy and wanting ALL of Mom’s attention. I notice it when I’m upstairs and he’s happily playing with family or friends. As soon as Mom enters the room, BAM, Anthony turns up the volume and his demands from me. Forget phone calls. Guys if you’re trying to reach me you better just text, because Anthony won’t let us get a word in!
These are the big 3 right now. I’m sure in a few months I’ll have a second edition of Dear Parents of Toddlers. But for now, here’s what I’m asking of you:
What are your biggest struggles [beyond food] with your toddlers right now?
How would you address some of my struggles above?
Phoning a friend guys… mainly because I just want to know I’m not alone!