I don’t want to jinx myself, but I think I’m on the downhill side of the toddler stage. The beginning of the sweet spot. Don’t get me wrong, there are still tantrums and a lot of whining, but my kids are FINALLY entertaining themselves.
I get to enjoy my morning coffee
It may be after I’ve cooked and served breakfast, but it’s still morning time and I don’t have kids hanging on me while I try to drink it.
My kitchen is clean BEFORE dinner time.
I didn’t even know this was possible. It’s so easy to load a dishwasher when you don’t have a little one taking out all the knives trying to lick them or eat the dirt pile while you're sweeping the floor.
I can sit down at the park.
I don’t have to follow my kids everywhere on the playground anymore. They are comfortable climbing on things and aren’t afraid of the slides. They know their boundaries. Even if there are no other kids on the playground, my kids have each other.
Of course, I’m a little sad that my kids are growing up, but I’m looking forward to the new stages and the different ways they need me. You just don’t realize how hard the toddler stage is until you’re almost through it. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.