The Challenges of Parenting a Toddler
That's just one of the many challenges you will face now that you are the parent of a toddler.
Here are a few of the other challenges of parenting a toddler:
- No, your child doesn't have obsessive-compulsive disorder. Toddlers tend to be control freaks. They express very specific (and often very idiosyncratic) preferences—Don't be surprised if your toddler suddenly insists on eating only yellow foods or wearing his favorite jacket even when it's 90 degrees outside!
- Toddlers are increasingly independent and often insist that they do everything on their own ("Me do it!")—even it's a task they are physically incapable of.
- Toddlers can be strong-willed, stubborn and prone to temper tantrums if they don't get their way (Beware the wrath of a toddler!).
- Toddlers are often easily frustrated if they can't accomplish what they set out to do (again, be prepared for temper tantrums!)
- Toddlers have poor judgment. They don't consider the consequences before reaching out to pet the dog, grabbing a friend's lollipop or climbing on a high counter. Uh oh!