As a parent of a 3 year old boy, I can personally tell you that toddlers can be annoying!
We can all admit that at some point in time we’ve been annoyed with our child. Did he knock over his breakfast this morning? Does she continue to poke you while you’re cooking dinner? Is he screaming at the top of his lungs because he dropped his spoon? We love our children, right? That being said, they still get on our nerves sometimes.
This year my resolution has been to stop snapping at my child so often! Some of us are less guilty than others. We all have that friend that never yells at their child and never loses their temper. We envy that friend, right? It is okay! Just remember that you aren’t always around and that friend has lost their temper at some point. If they haven’t, let’s just pretend they have for the sake of our sanity.
How are you going to have more patience? That part is up to you! I’m just here to run a few tips by you.
- When your child is plucking that last nerve and you feel the breakdown coming, leave the room. Make sure your child is in a place where they can be left alone and leave them alone. It doesn’t have to be long. You can step outside and take a breath of fresh air or lay down in your bed for five minutes with the door closed. It doesn’t matter as long as you take a few moments for yourself.
- Play dates are especially good for the stay at home moms who are with their children all day. A play date can be a good way to let go a little and get out of the house. We think play dates are for the children, but they are really a time for us to get some adult conversation in. You can spend some time with a friend and your child can spend some time with a friend. It is a win-win situation.
- You can try to get a babysitter or a helping hand every once in awhile. Go head and call that friend or relative that keeps asking to spend time with your child. If you aren’t comfortable having your child leave your home without you, ask that person to come over for a couple of hours. While they are there playing with your little one, take that time to grocery shop or run errands by yourself. If that’s not comfortable for you either, just go into the bathroom and take a long hot bath without interruption.
We all get a little antsy every once in awhile. It is just a part of parenthood and it’s nothing to feel guilty about! Sometimes toddlers are annoying! When they are, though, just remember that most of the time they are sweet. If you can get through the hard times with your little one, there is sure to be a good time waiting right around the corner.