I have decided that 18 months is — by far — the coolest age of toddlerhood. Judah’s world has begun to take shape in whole new ways such that as a parent, I’m genuinely amazed at how quickly and creatively he’s taking it all in. Words, numbers, even letters! His little brain is practically moving at the speed of light. It is magical to behold.
But my favorite part? Watching him play pretend — and even playing pretend with him.
There’s one emotion, that above all other emotions, that every mother on this planet can understand: guilt. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? As a first-time mom, it’s something that looms large, no matter how much I do. I could be doing more for my son, I think. The thought creeps up at times where I feel my least assured, my least confident, my most overwhelmed. I’m never enough for him, my nagging self-doubt seems to say.
But the the truth is: I am enough. And so are you.
The “terrible twos” are coming and as much as I take umbrage at that particular choice of words, there’s no denying that Judah is… feistier. Tantrums are a normal part of a child’s development and at 18 months, Judah has begun to express his wants, needs, and dislikes in ever more vocal and physical ways.
Like any toddler testing boundaries, some of Judah’s displays go a bit over the top and it means that it’s time for a timeout. As much as we do them for him, I’ve found that timeouts are actually really important for me. Confused? Read on.