When you have kids, you receive lots of parenting advice, but no one really knows what to expect until you go through it yourself. My daughters are older now, but I can still remember like it was yesterday their toddler years and not knowing what to expect from them; I also remember those toddler years being some of the most challenging times.
There were some really wonderful times with my daughters during their toddler years, but there were also many times I thought I was going to lose my mind and I knew I had to somehow get through it.
Here you will find 5 ways I made it through the toddler years with my sanity intact, although it did not always feel like it.
Parenting advice #1: Have a time out spot in the house for yourself
There are times when a parent needs to have a place to go for themselves and take a little breather especially when the stress level is up. Kids have time outs once in a while so parents should as well, taking those few minutes to walk away and go to the time out spot can really help to give the mind and body a little rest.
Parenting advice #2: Connect with other parents
Having other parents to talk to who also have toddler age kids and can be called upon when questions need answers or venting needs to be done can be so helpful. Being around toddlers is great, but having an adult conversation periodically can really help to keep the sanity intact.
Parenting advice #3: Plan parent and child activities
When my girls were toddler age, we did not have a whole lot of money so I would try to plan no cost or low activities that we could do together. One of my favorite activities to do with my girls was to go to the public library for reading time. It was a wonderful time because the librarian would read to the toddler age children which included my daughters and I was able to get a little break, but still be right there with them.
Parenting advice #4: Set boundaries and rules
Although toddlers are very young, they start to understand yes and no and also start to explore their surroundings. It is a good time to start setting boundaries and rules, this will obviously have to be done in a way which is appropriate to a toddler age child, but I believe some boundaries and rules can start being presented to help keep order and stability in the home.
Parenting advice #5 :Plan a weekly date night
It is really easy for spouses to get caught up with work and parenting and put the marriage to the back seat. Couples need to make sure to plan one night a week to go out alone for a date night and make it a priority to keep the marriage strong and the sanity intact. Even going out for an hour or two just for coffee or a walk is a great way to connect. Time away as a couple from the kids is essential.