10 things I've learned about toddlers

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Last year I wrote a post on the 10 Things I've learned since becoming a first-time mum. I did find out a lot of things that I wish I had known beforehand but it was pretty great to discover that I'm a climbing frame all on my own Haha. So, this time round I wanted to share with you all the 10 things I've learned about toddlers, because my little monkey has taught me A LOT!

1: Everything means yes.

Okay seriously, everything does mean yes in their eyes. No means yes, maybe means yes, we will see means yes and don't even dare means yes, go ahead! I swear that sometimes I would be better off talking to a brick wall because my little one just likes to see how far he can push my patience.

2: Everything is mummy's fault.

The sky's blue? My fault. It's raining? My fault. Dad's still at work? Yep, MY FAULT! Every little thing seems to be my fault, even if he's been with his gran all day and I get him back, he tells me that he didn't get chocolate or a treat and it's my fault. I better get used to this blame game, right?

3: Bed time actually means it's time to get hyper.

This one, this one right here is the bane of my life at the moment because the mere mention of bedtime seems to awaken this tiny little monster who's quicker than ever and has a scream that probably only dogs can here. He jumps about on the bed, cries when I tell him no and asks "why" constantly.... BECAUSE MUM SAID SO, THAT'S WHY!

4: Peppa pig is their God.

I'm not sure how or when it happened but all of a sudden Little bear started asking about Peppa pig and if he could watch it. I was slightly taken a back since we have never mentioned it to him nor has he watched it at a family members house so him asking for it out the blue was strange and then I discovered that Peppa pig is actually the toddler God and that all of them must watch. Seriously, everyone I talk to tells me about the Peppa pig stage. I thought we bypassed it but apparently not. Peppa pig is on from first thing in the morning until bedtime. I know the show word for word. Its mind numbing.

5: Vegetables are poison.

Yes, I'm secretly trying to poison my child by giving him vegetables... I'm not sure when it happened but all of a sudden, he hated vegetables, wouldn't eat them anymore and throws a fit any time they are on his plate. I'm not trying to kill you child; I'm trying to nourish you!!

6: Forget peaceful shopping trips.

Little bear hates the shops, He hates his pram and he hates being told no. So, going shopping is a recipe for disaster because he just wants to pull everything and run wild. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have a break down one of these days.

7: Dinner time means an array of food will be cooked.

I was always told to eat what was on the plate, that what I got given was it and it worked. I ate all my dinner and that was that, even if I did moan. But Little bear? Well, he's stubborn as hell and can go to bed on an empty stomach in a protest against his dinner if it's not what he wants. He's fussy and in an attempt to make sure he eats some sort of food and doesn't starve I make about 3/4 different meals for him a night because he just can't make up his mind. Yes, I'm making a rod for my own back and no I don't care. My child's eating at least and that's all that matters to me right now.

8: Cookies are my NO.1 weapon when it comes to the bribing war.

After arguing with my mini me for an hour or so I finally give in and say he can have a cookie if he goes for his bath. Naughty mummy I know, but it works and it's the only thing that can get my boy to do anything.

9: Bath time means flooding the house.

Yes, my son had flooded the bathroom on more than one occasion at bath time. He's a master at splashing and emptying the bath without pulling the plug. He's a bit of a magician that way.

10: My son is thee most polite and thoughtful little guy in the whole world.

Even though my little guy is a terror and pushes me to my limits daily, he is also very polite, using his pleases and thank yous plus he's always so thoughtful. I love my boy fiercely and wouldn't trade him for the world. He's such a treasure and I'm one proud mama bear. Daily I am reminded that it's all worth it when he gives me my cuddle and kiss when I wake up.

So, that's what I have learned about my toddler, I'm still always learning, and I can imagine that it won't stop anytime soon but I'm ok with that. I love my little monkey to pieces.
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  1. Yep, all sounds familiar! ;) I'm glad T has outgrown most of them ;) x

  2. What an awesome (and sadly very accurate) post! Had me nodding along the whole way through.
    The last point is the cutest ;-)
    You're doing well hun, he sounds perfectly normal to me.

  3. They sound a lot like teenagers....hehehe

  4. What a great post, even without kids of my own I can relate to seeing some of my friends with their kids, especially the everything means yes. I see my friends say no but sometimes kids pay no attention haha x

  5. hahaha it is so true and wait they become teenagers and everything will be your fault again lol #cantwait !

  6. Fab post. My son is infatuated with Peppa pig so I can relate.

  7. Interesting read thanks for sharing

  8. I can so relate to this, I've cooked several meals a night too

  9. Haha! I don't have toddlers so I can't relate but it made me laugh.

  10. Is it bad that I already use "biscuits" to make my son calm down (they're corn with carrot topping, a very healthy "biscuit"), he's only 8 months? Haha This list is amazing and I'm so glad you shared this as I am very interested to know what it will be like with a toddler! That's really sweet that he's so polite and thoughtful, makes up for the fact that everything is yes, right?!? ; ) Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

  11. Oh yes I am nodding along. The circular shaped sandwiches you Had to have yesterday are most definitely the ones you won't eat today. They are insane and there is no reasoning. And how they love water. Great post x

  12. The toddler stage is totally cray-cray. I survived it once and I know I can do it again, but sometimes, just sometimes I'm wishing for that day she will eat / sleep / communicate / etc etc etc!
    Keep going Mama, you're doing great xx
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub

  13. Aww I loved the sweet little positive one at the end there, it pretty much sums motherhood up! x #coolmumclub

  14. Peppa pig is on a lot in our house too! And I'm sure we've all done the cookie bribing thing - whatever works! #coolmumclub