10 telltale signs you’re parenting a toddler

We bet these situations will sound familiar to you if you’ve got a tot at home!

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It sure isn’t easy raising a toddler.

It’s like caring for a person who’s perpetually pumped up on adrenaline, does exactly what she wants whenever she wants to, and tries her best to get on your nerves while she’s at it.

You’ll often find yourself questioning your parenting abilities, wondering if you’re raising your child correctly. While the haze of the newborn baby days is slowly fading, a whole lot of craziness has taken its place. From shrieks of delight that turn into a tantrum at a moment’s notice, to potty training and bedtime battles.

Are you already tearing your hair out? Well, sit back, have a cuppa, and see if you agree with these 10 revealing signs that you have a toddler on your hands.

1. You’re late pretty much always…
Whether it’s a dental appointment, or tea with friends, you can bet that your crazy kid will preventing you from stepping out of that front door by insisting on wearing mismatched shoes, or bringing her entire HotWheels collection along with her.

At the very least, she’s dawdling, and taking an hour and a half to get out of her pyjamas. It’s hard to explain to non-parents why you take so long to get out of the house, but fellow mums raising toddlers ― they get it.

2. … Or extremely early
On the other end of the spectrum, you find yourself Googling to find places that open early for brunch. Simply because junior’s been bugging you for lunch since she woke up at 7am. And yes, we note that it happens most commonly on weekends, just when you think you’ve got licence to sleep in.

You’ll happily leave junior in the reliable hands of daddy or grandma, just to spend a half an hour, leisurely browsing the supermarket shelves on your own.

3. Your handbag is full of…
Wipes, wipes and more wipes. 

Also, an extra set of clothes, snacks, juice packs and little toys to keep your mini-me entertained (and to prevent public meltdowns).

By the way, you realise you’re “switching” bags every week or so ― but not for fashion’s sake. You’ve just started noticing a heavy buildup of crumbs at the bottom of the previous one. 

4. You love running off to the supermarket to get emergency items
Ran out of milk and eggs? Your hand’s the first one up when it comes to making a last- minute grocery run.

You’ll happily leave junior in the reliable hands of daddy or grandma, just to spend a half an hour, leisurely browsing the supermarket shelves on your own. Supermarket time is now “me time” and no one had better take that away from you!