No matter where you live, if you have a boy or a girl, or if this is your first child or your fifth, there are just certain universal truths about toddlers. They're a rare breed of cuteness and catastrophe. They make us laugh, and they drive us crazy. They challenge and teach us every single day.
Lesson #1 is about the unique language toddlers use to communicate, if that's what you want to call babbling unintelligibly at a volume usually reserved for talking over NASCAR races. And as Cross points out, one "word" can mean, well, everything.
Lesson #2 is simple. Toddlers love repetition. Toddlers love repetition. Toddlers love repetition. So as any parent of a toddler knows, you will read the same book, and watch the same shows, and hear the same songs over and over and over and over and over and over again.
Cross offers more hard-learned lessons about feeding a toddler (hint: they hate everything), and the clutter that is just part of having kids. Warning: That toddler paraphernalia spread throughout every corner of your home becomes especially dangerous at night.
The lesson I can relate to most? The one I rediscover every evening around 6:00 p.m., right before my husband gets home. Toddlers are exhausting. EXHAUSTING! And anyone who says any differently is just too tired to remember how tired they are.
The good news is that for all the hoops toddlers make us jump through, they redeem themselves with how lovable and sweet they can be. I mean, as my toddler told me this morning about the dress I was wearing, "I love your pants. And your boobies." See?
What toddler truth would you add to this list?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.