A while ago my friend Magda from Ask Moxie wrote a post called It Gets Better: Toddler Edition. She wrote:
Last Saturday I went to a party at a friend's house, and all of their parent friends and children were there. The majority of the kids were 4 and under. After about an hour, I looked around and thought, "I know I used to have kids this age, but HOW did I do this??"
The random crying/shrieking/whining. The bodily fluids everywhere. Sippy cups. Pick me up put me down. Constant need. Helping them navigate stairs. Trying to figure out what in the name of all that's holy they're trying to tell you when they point at the shelf and repeatedly say something that sounds like "murf!" The never being able to take your attention from them for a single second.
She asked her readers who had survived the toddler stage if they would share some words of wisdom with the people who are still right in the middle of it. I loved her post and the comments (and you really should go read them too). But it also gave me an idea.
What if I asked my readers about their challenges with toddlers and then made them a video that would give them hope? I tossed the idea out there to Magda and to some others and they loved the idea. I even convinced a few of them to be part of it. So, after several months of planning, soliciting, reminding, nagging, editing, and pushing the limits of my technology learning curve, here it is.
The video is on the long side - 19 minutes - so grab a coffee or a glass of wine, get someone else to take care of that toddler for a bit, and relax and watch. Or watch a bit at a time between toddler demands (the PAUSE button doesn't work on the toddlers, but it does work on the video).
A big thank you to the AMAZING moms who took part in this video:
- Karen from Notes from the Cookie Jar
- Renee from Womanist Musings and Fangs for the Fantasy
- Julie from Mabel's Labels
- Katherine from Postpartum Progress
- Dee from Cocktail Deeva
- Christine from ChristineKoh.com
- Andrea from A Peek Inside the Fishbowl
- Candace from Life in Pleasantville
- Casey from Moosh in Indy
The music in the video is the song Witness from Moorea Malatt's album Whip It Out - Songs for Breastfeeding.
What Are Your Survival Tips for Toddler Moms?
Do you have any survival tips for toddler moms? Please share them in the comments below or consider writing a post for the Toddler Carnival. I'd love you have you participate.
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