7 Things No One Told Me About Toddlers

7 Things No One Told Me About Toddlers

Everything you thought you knew about toddlers changes once you have one of your own.

By Nicole Fabian-Weber

When I was pregnant, I used to joke around with my friends that I wanted to give birth to a 2-year-old. To me, toddlers have always been the cutest of the cute -- truly the most adorable beings on the planet. Their little voices, the hilarious things they say -- they're, quite simply, the best.

But there are lots of things I didn't know about toddlers before having one of my own. Like, say, the fact that they can drive their parents completely and totally insane.

I'm still a card-carrying toddler fan. But here are seven things I wish I knew about them before having one of my own!

1. Once they learn the word "no," it will become their favorite word. Toddlers are all about testing boundaries, and one of the ways they test those boundaries is to argue with everything you say. Cute at first, but can definitely make for some interesting (frustrating!) days.

2. Once they learn the word "why," it will become their favorite word. Why do I need to wear a jacket, Mama? Why are we going outside? Why is it cold out? Why is that man walking? Why do I have to wear shoes? Why are you wearing shoes? Why? Why? Why? Why? Whyyyyyy???


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3. They'll learn all of your buttons ... and they'll push them often. Toddlers may be small, but they're clever little things. As soon as they realize you don't like it when they pull on your drapes/lick their hand after touching something gross/drink the bath water/insert other unsavory habit here, they'll do it often. Because they know how to get inside your head.

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4. They'll want to eat whatever you're eating. Doesn't matter if they formerly hated oatmeal. Doesn't matter if you asked them 20 times if they wanted you to make them some. Doesn't matter that they asked for eggs, and you cooked them eggs. Once you take a bite of your oatmeal, they're going to want it.

5. They singlehandedly have the power to change your day. Nobody can put you in a good mood on your very worst days like a toddler. A hug? A kiss? An inadvertently insightful comment? Icky feelings can melt away in an instant with these cuties.

6. They're the true chameleons of the world. As soon as you get used to your toddler being one way, BAM! They flip the script on you and turn into a completely different person.

7. Their personality in the outside world is not their "real" one. Before I had kids, my cousin used to always say how wild her kids were. Yet, whenever I saw her kids, they behaved like little angels. I thought she was lying. Totally get it now. Kids feel most comfortable at home in front of the people they know and love. So, it's totally not out of the ordinary to have everyone compliment you on how well-behaved your kiddo is ... only to watch her have an epic meltdown the minute you get in the door. Yay!

What surprised you most about toddlers?

Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama to a sweet toddler girl and a baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications. Right now, she’s probably fantasizing about sleep.

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