There’s nothing more rewarding and fulfilling for a parent than raising their kids. But, we all know that the road to success has its obstacles. Once they reach the toddler age, kids have a huge thirst for exploring the world around them, and that sometimes doesn’t leave room for listening to their parents about every single thing. This time in a child’s life is extremely fun and engaging, which is why dealing with those more annoying things should be done more calmly and practically.
1. Clothes Are Everywhere
As their interest in their surroundings grows, toddlers are bound to question everything, including their own ability to dress. Of course, while they might not be able to dress themselves completely, parents can expect their little ones to be very proficient in taking off their clothes after a long day or when they feel hot – and leaving those garments turned inside out wherever they see fit. And that definitely doesn’t include a wardrobe or hamper. It’s understandable that you dislike picking up clothes after your kids, but the best way to teach them about where their garments should go is to continuously show them what you do and explain the process in a calm and loving manner. Getting angry and impatient will only backfire.
2. Stubbornly Refusing Food
All children are picky with their food, and especially toddlers. Of course, this can be a very annoying feat for the parents, considering that they also worry about the nutrients that the child gets, their healthy eating habits, and so on. So, if you too find yourself in a right pickle of a situation with your toddler constantly refusing food or spitting it out, try to make the whole experience more fun for them. Aside from the typical “here goes the plane” talk with the spoon, put some effort into presenting the food in a more fun way such as making a smiley face or a cute animal. Masking the food as a treat such as using fresh fruits for ice cream is also a good way to get your kids to love mealtime.
3. Letting the Mosquitos Inside
When the weather is nice and warm and your little toddler just can’t wait to get outside, who has the time to think about closing the door, right? Most young children tend to leave the doors of their home wide open when they rush to the yard, which is a great invitation to all the mosquitoes in the area. And as we all know, there’s no sleep in a home where mosquitos dwell. Everyone in your home, including your kid will have to deal with mosquito bites and itchiness. If things get out of hand, it would be best to call for mosquito pest control to manage the issue. But, in case the situation is not too bad yet, you can try DIY solutions such as mosquito traps both inside and outside your home. It would be also wise to remove water-filled items from your yard.
4. Bedtime Is a Lie
As a parent, you probably have a ton of things to take care of but to do so you need to put your toddler to bed first. If it only were that easy. Most young kids will try to move the bedtime as much as possible and refuse to go to sleep. Not only can this be very annoying for the exhausted you, but it can also mess up the child’s biorhythm. A good idea would be to create a recognizable routine for your child, right before bedtime. For instance, after dinner comes the bath, after the bath you have fun with lotions and powders, and getting into pajamas, and then it’s time for a story and sleep. For this routine to do its magic though, you have to stick to it consistently.
5. Sibling Fights Are a Must
If you have more than one child, you know that the love they feel for each other won’t stop them from getting at each other’s throats whenever they get the chance. After all, fighting among siblings is a way to establish authority, what’s there not to understand? Jokes aside, the sibling bickering and maybe even sibling rivalry is a real thing, and, although very annoying for the parents, it’s your adult responsibility to be fair and break them up without truly taking sides – if it isn’t too obvious who’s at the fault of course.
No matter how annoying things may get when you have toddlers running around the home, you know that you wouldn’t change a thing. Kids are the true treasure of our lives and with the right attitude, patience, kindness, and love, they will definitely learn and grow out of their unfavorable behavior in time. Just make sure to keep your sanity until that happens!
Even though it may seem that the annoying things toddlers do to their parents will never stop, it’s the parents’ reaction that’ll make the biggest difference.
About The Author
Taylor Parker is an American based writer and blogger. She is very passionate about family, fashion, health and lifestyle. Taylor writes mostly lifestyle articles, but also you’ll find her in home improvement and other niches.