12 things that are so much harder to do when you have a toddler

Life with a tot is much easier? Think again! You won’t be able to indulge in the following anytime soon…

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Simple activities
— like going out for a quick meal with your spouse — can become a laborious one when you’ve got toddlers to care for.

Even if you were at home, trying to get time to yourself, like going to the loo, can be a challenge in the face of your little ones who demand your full attention and time. We’ve rounded up a list of situations that’re even more complicated now that you’ve got your mini-me(s) around…

1) Getting into an argument with your spouse… There are bound to be things that you and your spouse don’t see eye-to-eye on and heated argument and conflicts can result. It’s definitely not a good feeling to quarrel with your spouse and it’s especially awful when your child has to witness it. The next time when you are about get into a fight with your spouse, stop and know when to pick your battles. There’s no point getting agitated about small issues like who left the toilet seat up, and then spend days trying to mend fences.

2) … using swear words Getting into a heated argument is bad enough, the last thing you should be doing is to corrupt your little one’s young and impressionable mind with your potty mouth. Just imagine how mortifying it would be to have your preschooler utter swear words at an inopportune moment — during church service or in class!

It’s definitely not a good feeling to quarrel with your spouse and it’s especially awful when your child has to witness it.

3) Road rage Facing congested roads and terrible drivers while having to pacify your impatient brood in the backseat makes just about anyone’s road rage go into overdrive. But you have to show restraint and avoid flashing an obscene gesture at the errant driver now that you’re a parent. You definitely shouldn’t be doing anything that compromises your child’s safety on the roads, either.

4) Having a meal at a posh restaurant Wine glasses, heavy metal cutlery and fine chinaware are a hazardous mix especially if you’re dining out as a family. Also, your little one’s incessant questions about what’s taking the food so long to arrive won’t just ruin the posh ambience, it’ll provoke the ire of your fellow diners. Not to mention it’ll definitely cost a bomb to feed more than two mouths. So until your child’s able to mind his manners, you may want to dine out at family-friendly restaurants, instead.