10 Ways You Know You’re the Mom of a Toddler

10 Ways You Know You’re the Mom of a Toddler

No, you’re not the only person who finds handfuls of cereal in her shoes.

By: Nicole Fabian-Weber

Toddlerhood is a very specific time in a child’s life -- and maybe even more so in a parent’s. The days of gummy smiles and sleepless nights are (hopefully!) a distant memory, and in their place are hilarious shrieks of delight and naptime battles. Being the parent of a toddler is exhausting (and frustrating) in a different kind of way from babyhood. But it's also kind of the best.

Got a little Tasmanian devil on your hands? Then you can surely relate to this list. Here, 10 ways you know you're the mom of a toddler.

1. You constantly have the worst songs stuck in your head. There was about a two-month period where I woke with “Wheels on the Bus” in my head every morning. Not fun, people!

2. Each day is like a treasure hunt. I have yet to meet the mom of a 2- or 3-year-old who doesn’t come across random little “treasures” throughout her home every day. For instance, this week alone I’ve discovered a handful of cereal in my shoe, keys (that I wasn’t even looking for) in the couch cushions, and a cell phone charger in the bath tub (!).

3. You instinctively avoid the cookie aisle when grocery shopping … even if you’re by yourself. (Same goes for the toy aisle.)

4. You become an interpreter. All parents become fluent in Toddler once they have one themselves. The funny thing is, though, you begin to understand what other people’s children are saying when you wouldn’t have had the faintest idea pre-toddler. Of course “vanacanina” means “vacuum cleaner!” It seems so obvious!

5. Privacy? Ha! Any moms of toddlers out there remember the last time they used the bathroom alone?

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6. Conversations? Ha! Any moms of toddlers out there remember the last time they had an uninterrupted conversation?

7. There’s nary a blank wall in your house. Handprints, footprints, abstract crayon drawings. You name it, it’s on the walls – and not in a frame. Luckily, most things your toddler has access to are of the “washable” variety, and you never are without some sort of stain remover.


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8. Your eyes are like an eagle’s. Typically, moms of toddlers can spot things like garbage trucks, street sweepers, and of course, doggies, from 20 miles away.

9. “Vacation” is a loose term. Sure, you and your family may pack up and head somewhere warm during the winter. But when you have a toddler, is it really a vacation?

10. You've gotten sneaky. Ever eat a cookie in the closet or surreptitiously check your phone under the table? Yep, you're the mom of a toddler.

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Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama to a sweet toddler girl and an equally sweet baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications.

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