You Are NOT Failing
I just wanted to make that point first above all else. Parenting and being a caregiver to a toddler isn’t easy for anyone, no matter what social media shows you, or what your friends might share. I know at times parenting can feel isolating and the only thing you might hear or see is the “good stuff” from your friends and family. Not everyone is comfortable sharing their daily struggles.
Don’t let that fool you into thinking that your child is the only one who fights the nap, or has tantrums, or throws their plate of food onto the ground. Those are all normal behaviors for kids in the toddler years!
→If they don't want to play alone right now, they might just want some extra attention from Mom or Dad. Or they might not be interested in the activity they have in front of them for independent play.
→If they refuse to eat a meal, don't take it personally. They might be experimenting with their senses and see a green thing on their plate that suddenly they don't like or smell something that they think is yucky. 🙃
→If they cling to you, they may be experiencing some extra big emotions and need some more snuggle time to feel safe and secure!
There’s a feeling or a need behind each behavior. ⬇️ None of it makes your child bad or you a bad parent! Tag a parent or caregiver that would appreciate this reminder!
Whatever you have been feeling about your own parenting, I invite you to release it. No one is perfect, no child is without challenges at times. Instead remind yourself of what you might remind your best friend, “you’re doing your best.” Remember every moment is an opportunity to learn and grow. Focus on love and connection, everything will grow upon that.💕
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