6 Resolutions All Moms of Toddlers Should Make

6 Resolutions All Moms of Toddlers Should Make

Let’s not call them resolutions. Instead, let’s call them … suggestions.


By: Nicole Fabian-Weber

Most people have a love-hate relationship with resolutions. On the one hand, they're a great way to retool your life a little bit in en effort to try to be better, happier, thinner, whatever-er. But on the other hand, they don't always stick, which can leave us feeling like failures. And feeling like a failure is no way to start a new year. So let's not call these resolutions for moms of toddlers -- let's call them ... suggestions.

Being a parent -- especially the parent of a toddler -- can be hard. But guess what – so is being a toddler! Some changes in the way of compassion and understanding can go a long way for both you and your little one. If you've got a toddler, you owe it to yourself and your child to attempt these toddler mom resolutions for the happiest of new years.

1. Stop talking about your kids like they're not there. If there's one thing parents love talking about, it's their children. And when your little one is a baby, of course it's OK to do this. It's only natural! Oh, she hates going in her car seat! She's a terrible sleeper! But, when they're 2 or older, it's a good idea to stop, as they can hear you and totally understand what you're saying. And no whispering either! They're not as oblivious as you think!

2. Stop sweating messes. Fact: Toddlers make messes. Other fact: It's annoying. Third fact: IT ISN'T GOING TO CHANGE, SO STOP MAKING YOURSELF CRAZY! Let your little one make a mess (within reason), and then wait until she’s asleep for the night to start cleaning up. Trust me, any efforts to start before then are futile.

3. Choose your battles. Your kid wants to leave the house without a jacket when it's 20 degrees out? Put your foot down. Your kid wants to leave the house with a green polka dot shirt, blue striped pants, and bright orange socks? Let it go.

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4. Say “yes” more. Sometimes, “no” is necessary. But, other times, it can be a knee-jerk reaction for parents. Try saying “yes” to your toddler more often -- even if it's going to inconvenience you. For instance, if your little one asks to go outside on a snowy day, say yes, even though you'll probably spend more time bundling him up than enjoying the snow -- because ... why not?

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5. Don't worry about keeping up with the Joneses. So, your friend's toddler is already fluent in Mandarin and can play Bach on the piano. Two words: Who cares? It's great to have a well-rounded child, but it's also great to let a child be a child. Remember, she -- and you -- will never get this time back.

6. Try to see things as they do. Let's face it. A lot of things toddlers do are really inconvenient (no parent wants to wake up in the middle of the night). But (usually) they're not intentionally trying to annoy you – they're just exploring their world. Or maybe they're scared, or excited, or something else! It may seem like 2- and 3-year-olds live the life -- and, yes, in a lot of ways, they do -- but keep in mind that it's a big world out there, and toddlers are still so small.

What resolutions did you make?


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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