Toddlers can be quite a handful since this is when they begin to assert themselves and throw tantrums over the simplest of things. They can however be a joy to be around if you look at the other things that they do as toddlers.
They can talk…somewhat
Handling a baby gets frustrating because they can’t tell you what is going on with them, at least not using words anyway. A toddler has learnt a number of words and they can use them as they deem fit. Gone are the days when you had only their cry to work with (okay, not completely gone but definitely reduced). The challenge is to decipher what they actually mean.
They can understand what you say
Toddlers have come to a point where they know what you are saying, or trying to say. You can therefore have a conversation with your toddler and quit the one-sided discussions you used to have when they were younger. You may have gotten used to it but you don’t have to go through it any longer.
Toddler conversations can be rib-cracking since you get a chance to get into the mind of a two year-old. Listen to their side of the conversation and you will be sure to learn a thing or two, or see things in a very different light.
They love cuddles
There is nothing as awesome as a toddler’s reaction when they see someone they love. They will run up to you and give you a big hug and sloppy kiss mindless of the audience. Sometimes they don’t have much to say but they still want to cuddle up with you in bed or on the sofa. Enjoy these moments before the kid becomes too old to cuddle up with you.
They are determined
Have you ever seen a toddler go after something? They will give it their all even if they fall, get scrapes and scratches and find obstacles along the way. You might watch them trying to fit a shoe into a bottle and they just keep going even when you try to stop them. If they want something they will not hesitate to let you know and everyone else who cares to listen. They will not give you peace until you concede! If that is not determination then what is?
They are growing into little people
You will notice that their personality is slowly beginning to show at this age. Some things they will like and some they won’t. They will begin to show more of their character as time goes by and you slowly get to know what kind of person they might grow to become.
This feels so good because you start seeing your baby as a little person and it reminds you that you are raising a future adult.
They get attached to interesting things
Many mothers will tell you that they have lost count of the number of times they had to fish out a favourite shirt or pyjamas from the dirty laundry pile simply because their toddler couldn’t sleep without it. Some have had to go to the supermarket with a cuddly soft toy or even a cooking spoon in tow because the toddler is extremely attached to it. Imagine going on a plane with a stick or some other odd thing. Thankfully they outgrow this stage so you won’t have to carry all those things around for too long.
Toddlers are precious little people that can make your life very interesting. As you learn how to tame the tantrums and get used to them using the word ‘no’ on you every so often, look at the bright side of this stage and enjoy it while it lasts.
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