Back to toddlers. Toddlers can be a lot of fun, but as a new mom, everything is too new to me and I don't really have too much advice to share. And since you blog readers certainly could use some expert advice, I've asked Emi for her top five tips to effectively parent your toddler*:
Emi, take it away!
- Avoid having your little one experience hunger and sleeplessness.
- Keep your child far from other children who may annoy them by not sharing their toys.
- Keep your kid away from sugar: I was recently given ice-cream (and not even the organic kind!) and let's just say it was not fun for the adults around me.
|Mommy gave me boxed non-organic|
ice-cream from Safeway. It wasn't even locally sourced, can you imagine??
|My middle name is Trouble|
4. It is also helpful to avoid provoking unnecessary frustrations and to let your little bundle of joy run freely in a safe and contained environment. If you are worried about safety, then I recommend bubble-wrapping your furniture, throwing a bunch of pillows and toys on the floor and blasting Dora the Explorer on loop on the TV (it doesn't matter which episode, they are all the same for a reason! ingenious).
5. Only serving mac and cheese with bananas for all meals would make lunch a dinner a bliss. No more fighting over who needs to eat their vegetables!
Note from the Blogger in Chief: While Emi's tips are great, you do want to be rigorous with your discipline. It can't just be all fun and bananas! Staying awake past bedtime is a big no-no and waking up in the middle of the night is plainly unacceptable. Time-outs are a great resource for those unexpected 2 am partiers, along with firmly saying "NO!" from your bed.
*I took the liberty to edit her grammar and syntax. She is 18 months old after all, but I'm really good at interpreting her limited vocabulary.