Emma turned 2 at the beginning of October and there’s not a day that goes by when I don’t ask myself “what am I going to do, NOW?!” At some point, their “willfulness” peaks and it can be at different times for each child. For Luke, age 3 was the most difficult but Emma is showing her desire to be independent at a slightly earlier age.
Does it make you feel any better to hear that terrible two’s and three’s are totally normal? It gives me a little comfort but how in the world does it help me day in and day out to keep my patience and be truly objective with what I need to do “in the moment” with my 2 year old?
Having a 2-year-old is like having a blender without a lid.
Don’t worry, I’m not about to write an entire post about what life’s like with a toddler (you already know that) and not give you some helpful tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way. Even if you’ve never picked up a parenting book, I am here to tell you that these books WILL change your lives, for the better and help you keep your sanity in the process. (**I’m not promoting these books because I get proceeds from what you may purchase, these are my own personal recommendations!)
1. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, & Listen So Kids Will Talk
2. The Happiest Toddler on The Block
3. Stupid Things Parents Do To Mess Up Their Kids
BUT there’s more than just reading a couple books that can make a different to your 2 year old’s outlook and attitude, my number 1 recommendation is to get them involved in age-appropriate activities.
Go to The Little of Mason.
I was driving to The Little Gym this past week and could not have been more grateful for the break in our morning “toddler meltdowns”. The Little Gym of Mason provides the perfect place to unleash your little bundle of energy and let them achieve success and be independence while they learn educational lessons like colors, how to follow directions through class routines and improve coordination skills.
- Ten extra Bonus Classes to be used during the semester. This brings your per class average price to just around $12 a class.
- Raffle points! Everyone who enrolls will be entered to win either an iPad Mini, Fitbit Fitness Tracker, or a Mini Birthday Bash.
- And finally, your child will receive a red The Little Gym t-shirt!
What are you waiting for? Call them! You will be so thankful this Winter not to be cooped up inside your house with your kids and they will ask you (like Emma!) every week if it’s time to go to Little Gym?
Tell me what resources have saved your sanity when dealing with the “terrible twos and threes”?! Any book recommendations out there for me?