I can’t really remember the first stuffed animal I purchased for my daughter (I think it was a handmade doll?), but I do remember the first stuffed animal she chose for herself, and it’s one that I will save forever.
It was during her first trip to Disneyland at the age of 15 months. We went with my mom, and while we were there, my mom told her she could choose a dolly to take home with her. The park gift store was vast and she painstakingly perused the shelves of toys, dismissing them as she shuffled along with her signature toddler toddle. And then she saw it. The perfect doll… just for her.
We live in a culture where we are constantly connected to others, and as much as I love keeping up with what my friends (and to be honest, even perfect strangers) and their children are up to via social media, it can be hard not to feel pressured to keep up with the Joneses… or however that saying goes. But, I’m not talking about pressure to have a nicer house or car, but rather the pressure to make childhood magical for our little ones.
When I see parents who make their kids amazing, elaborate bento box lunches with princess faces, or who hand stitch super awesome Halloween costumes, it’s hard not to feel like I’m doing it wrong. But, lately I’m starting to look at it differently, because magic is in the eye of the beholder.
Let’s be real: Toddler tantrums aren’t really anyone’s most favorite thing. I mean…who in their right mind could possibly love meltdowns in grocery store check out lines, or trying to reason with a tiny person whose communication skills are limited at best? Basically it’s not awesome.
We’ve been having a lot of these tantrums lately, and I decided that instead of getting frustrated about it, I would try to look on the bright side.
Here are a few positives about toddler tantrums…