As a first time mother or a new mother you seriously wonder when will these nightmare days of breastfeeding and diaper changing ever pass. But, once you are a mother of a toddler and when those days of breastfeeding and diaper changing are well behind you, you realise that breastfeeding and diaper changing was the easiest part of motherhood. Gets over in a year or two. But what has started now will stay for God alone knows how many years. These are 6 strange things only mommies with toddlers understand:
Toddler taste buds change without warning
Your toddler develops new taste buds overnight. She has more likes and dislikes about food than a grown up person. So all the things she loved to eat before now suddenly becomes the cause of her distorted face. So one day, she loves a certain food, the next day she won’t.
At breakfast, my toddler asks for eggs and the minute I give her she looks at me as if I have sprouted two horns on my head. Though I go by the saying that a child can never stay hungry, there are times when I doubt this. Because my daughter is more than happy to go without food if it’s not her favourite food which boils down to paneer, matar, paneer and more matar. So to keep her tummy full, I weave stories around her favourite animals that make her excited enough to eat her food.
Bathing is a herculean task
Either your child doesn’t want to bathe at all or she doesn’t want to come out of the bathroom and continue playing with water.
Tantrums without warning
Your toddler learns to throw tantrums at the drop of a hat and also learns that he can most times get away with it. So when it’s time to leave the park with its swings and slides or when he sees another child sucking at a candy, you get plenty of toddler agitation, frustration and anger.
Twice a day, my little daughter goes to the nearby park. She swings to her hearts content or so I think. An hour of sitting on the swing or playing on the slide is by no standards an inadequate time. But when it’s time to leave, she throws a tantrum. She wants more. So what do I do? I make promises of watching Barney on the TV or reading a story of Pepper. I know, I know. Don’t think I am not ashamed of this. But a mother’s life is all about surviving.
Now she wants to watch Barney at 10 in the morning or 3 in the afternoon. So again a white lie. Barney’s has gone to school or sleep or play with friends.
Mommy is never alone
Toddlers stick to their mothers like a shadow. Whether you shower, pee or poop, you shall always have a live audience.
Toddler doesn’t take you seriously
You are a respectful person; friends and family take you seriously. But your little one challenges your credibility all the time. She won’t listen to you, giggles at you when you threaten her or completely ignores you as if you don’t exist. All of this when she hasn’t even hit her teens yet.
Mommy plays a magician
As time passes, I realise my job is not only to feed, bathe or play with my toddler, but a lot more. I need to be a magician for quickly hiding anything objectionable (mobile phone, car keys, etc) under my ample bottom or the pillow or any place where she will not look for. I need to be a master story teller I need to constantly innovate and evolve because my child is growing smarter with each day. And on top of it all, I need patience. A lot of it. I have searched and searched, but disgustingly, no chemist stocks the pills.
So that’s my life as a mother to a toddler….so many jobs rolled into one. If you are a mother to a toddler, then you will definitely understand these 6 strange things. What do you do to keep your toddler happy?