Here’s an excerpt of a post by my niece, who is a lovely Mom.
Sometimes it’s hard to get through your toddler day!
Does this scenario sound familiar?
“How do Moms with tons of little kids get anything done??!
My afternoon so far, in a nutshell: Finally remember to call to set up an apt. during business hours, the phone is still ringing and I hear water pouring everywhere…
Baby dumped over my glass of water that I forgot I’d left on the coffee table, spilling it all over everything (work, electronics, etc) on the table, pouring onto the floor, other furniture and so on, gleefully splashing with her hands like a big puddle (did I mention it had a lot of lemon in it?
So yes, big sticky mess)… manage to book my apt. while containing the mess and trying to clean it up… hang up, take a minute to wipe everything down and notice Baby is somewhere else. Round the corner to the bathroom and find this. It’s 15 month old Baby in the bathroom, pulling out miles of toilet paper onto the floor.
Pretty much all day has been a never ending cycle of her visiting all the places she can make a mess and get into everything possible, and then go scurrying up the stairs like a little spider as I’m trying to avert disasters, clean the kitchen and prep food. Clearly my work day is going to be: start late tonight and probably go into the wee hours again. Oh nap time, how I long for you to visit Baby.”
I love this, because it sounds like so many of my days. After struggling to accomplish something / anything, while running after baby and trying to keep her happy, when she does take her, nap, I’m so tired, I need a nap too. And accomplishment goes out the window. You need to read my free report to get more great ideas, too.
Here’s 3 great tips to help you keep your cool 😉
1. Take a nap when baby takes a nap! It is okay; you deserve it because you’ve been working for hours before the nap and physically, mentally and emotionally, and you need a break too.
2. Make a short list, 3-4 things to accomplish before baby gets up, so that you can feel really good about yourself for spending quality time with baby while she is awake.
3. Laugh – It’s okay to just laugh when things screw up. Life is fun if you just let it be fun!
Quote – Erma Bombeck – “When humor goes, there goes civilization.”
Quote – Erma Bombeck – “Youngsters of the age of two and three are endowed with extraordinary strength They can lift a dog twice their own weight and dump him into the bathtub.”
See – My sweet niece didn’t have to clean up wet dog in her house, that day, but if she did, wouldn’t that have been the funniest story to make your day. That would make a glass of spilled lemon water sound like a walk in the park.