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The Bristol Parent on TalkMum – the most challenging thing about toddlers

The flip side of last week’s group discussion on the best thing about toddlers is the most challenging thing about them. Being as my daughter is only just entering this phase (but doing pretty well at it so far!) my experiences are all about me, not her. I’m the one that needs to change, and up my game. I’m the one that needs to develop new ways of dealing with things, and be a better guide for her. It’s all change in our house, and it feels a bit precarious at times.



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  1. Oh I absolutely hear you. I am constantly feeling like I need to up my game to deal with the variations of needs that my children have. Sadly I am often lacking in patience, it makes me so cross with myself.

  2. Yup, I’ve certainly found it all goes more smoothly when I think about how I can change myself rather than trying to change my daughter! Good luck! 🙂

  3. I always take my kids bad behaviour as a sign I’m doing something wrong. Although having said that there isn’t anything I can do to help Cherry sometimes when she’s having a three year old strop. It’s been such a hard age but today she has actually been back to her old self. Long may it last! x

  4. Everything happens so fast and as soon as you get use to one faze it’s onto the next one and as children are learning so much about the world we are also learning how to be parents – interesting times

    Laura x

  5. Time rushes by and I always feel like I’m playing catch up. Just as I manage to completely the swing of tackling the challenging side of childhood, F throws a curve ball. Constant learning curve ay. x

  6. I know what you mean, I sometimes have to remind myself that Wilf is a child and I can’t force him to ask like an adult with adult emotions. It’s hard though when they are having a strop, I’ve often had to apologise to W for snapping when I could have dealt with something a lot better if I’d taken a step back to be a bit more patient! x

  7. Parenting is such a hard job, isn’t it? Every night I think of so many things I could have dealt with better, but only with the benefit of hindsight (and calmness) can recognise. Great photo!

  8. Thank you so much for the comments for the post! Completely get you. Have you read Toddlercalm? It’s such a good book (coming from someone who hates parenting books) and so much of it is about how you need to understand your toddler better and it’s how you react to them…really rubbish description but it’s all about things like understanding that they don’t do things to get at you, they just do them. Anyway – rubbish description but it’s really changed the way I think about things xx

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