I Miss Toddlers

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There are unique challenges when it comes to being the mom of a toddler, but there are also tremendous blessings that won’t last forever.

If you are the mom of a toddler, I know there are those days where you think you are going to go stark raving mad if you have to read “Goodnight Moon” one more time … or sit through another episode of Dora the Explorer!

Yeah, I remember the countless hours of arts and crafts, playing blocks, hide-n-go-seek and pretend kitchen—like I wanted to pretend to do something I was weary of doing in real life! I mean, really, how much repetitive fun can one mom have through the course of her never-ending mom-filled day? I know. So much repetitive fun that the most sought after moment in a mom’s day is the time she can manage to be alone (maybe)… in the shower!

Yeah, I get you. I know your days are more than full, and you are at your wits’ end, but I have a perspective on your days that I hope you are willing to hear.

Now that I am a mom of teens, I just want all you moms of toddlers out there to know—sit down for a minute here—you will miss the toddler years!

I miss those small hands that cling, the sweet soft kisses, the smell of baby shampoo on a tousled bed head and the never-ending desire of my little ones to have me right by their side. Ah, sweet memories!

In case you were wondering, it has been quite a while since my teens have asked me to tickle their bellies, play footsies with them, watch them blow spit bubbles or uttered the phrase, “Mom, you are my favorite!”

So tomorrow morning, as you drag yourself out of bed for yet another marathon day of your very busy mom-life, I hope you hear ringing in your ears, “Being the mom of a toddler is a true blessing, and I am so fortunate to be the mom of these curious toddlers who fill my days with simple love.”

Yeah, I miss my toddlers.

Written by Tracey Eyster

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