Dealing with a toddler can be an overwhelming experience, whether you’re a first time mom like me or an experienced child wrangler. So tips on how to deal with said toddler are always welcome, or at least that’s how I feel.
So here’s my unsolicited tip of the day for all the besieged toddler-parents out there:
A toddler, like most other predators out there, can smell fear. That means that whatever you do, do NOT panic. If they catch so much as a whiff of fear in your demeanor, your chances of coming out of the encounter unscathed fly right out the window. Good luck getting them to go to bed/finish their dinner/stop jumping on the coffee table after that.
So consider taking up mediation, or spending more time in your mental happy place, because showing panic and/or exasperation to a toddler is right up there with showing your bare throat to a vampire: you’re going to lose the battle, and you just might get bitten in the process.
Social media: anyone who says they’re not addicted to it at least a tiny little bit is either lying or in denial. Everyone has their own guilty pleasure, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, kik or any of a bazillion platforms out there. There are definitely way more than we as a civilization need I’m sure, but at least there’s something for everybody, right?
You know one thing that no one *needs* though? Live broadcasting. Come on people, am I the only one who feels that this new ‘live’ feature that many platforms offer is a disaster waiting to happen? What’s wrong with being able to edit or preview something before posting? Why put yourself through the anxiety of posting live when you can record, review and post with only a minutes delay?
Maybe it’s just me, but I honestly feel that giving everyone (especially teens) the ability to broadcast live is probably not the smartest idea…
When you placate your tantrum-throwing toddler by placing the toy she’s demanding into the shopping cart but surreptitiously let the cashier know you don’t want it at checkout (by desperately shaking your head while also trying to point at the item with your head without the 2 year old noticing), hoping your child will forget all about the thing once she leaves the store, only to have her demand to play with it the second you get home.
As most of you know, November is the month of several writing and blogging challenges, one of the most popular being the NaBloPoMo challenge that I’m currently taking part in. As if trying to find something worthwhile to post every single day for a month wasn’t hard enough, I’ve just decided to start another unrelated challenge just for the heck of it.
Ok so maybe the fact that I just opened a brand new Instagram account for my blog might have something to do with my decision to throw myself into this second challenge, but who’s to say, right? Either way, it’s the perfect challenge for Instagram: the 100 happy days challenge! The idea is simple enough: find one thing every day for 100 days that makes you happy and post a picture on your preferred social media channel.
I know I know, this isn’t a new challenge by any means, but I’ve always meant to try my hand at it but just never had the proper place to do it. Enter Instagram and voila, I’ve got the perfect place at last!
So who’s ready for some happiness? Go ahead and sign up on the website and use the tag #100happydays if you want to join me! The more the merrier 🙂
I have a confession to make, something I need to get off my chest. It’s something that I’ve tried really hard not to get bothered by but I can’t help it: it’s driving me crazy!
What am I talking about you ask? Simple: toy unpacking/review videos on YouTube.
Oh. My. Dear. God.
Someone please shoot me so I never have to see or hear one of those overly cheerful, obnoxiously useless, totally pointless videos again. Seriously, what is up with those things? And why oh why are there so many of them? Who keeps sending these people bunches of toys to unpack and play with on video?? Why Does the one linked above have over 10 million views????
I’m sure you’ve seen these videos, if you have a toddler or small child in the house then it’s highly unlikely that you haven’t. Limiting screen time and all is well and good but you cannot wean a kid from their iPad and that is a fact. Whether you let them play with it for 1 hour or 3, kids will eventually stumble across and get addicted to these god awful videos and you will rue the day you downloaded YouTube kids onto your device.
The ‘toy review’ videos where there are actual kids unpacking and playing with toys I can understand. Those are basically toy centered family vlogs and that makes sense. But the scores of videos featuring faceless adult hands unpacking and showing off toddler toys are just plain ridiculous. Even the toys usually featured in these videos are ridiculous! Could someone please explain to me what the difference is between a mashem and a fashem and why anyone would want to waste money on either??
I’m sorry for the longish rant, but those videos really do annoy the heck out of me. I hate them almost as much as my child seems to love them and that my friends is the definition of ‘the things we do for our children’.