Toddler Thumbsucking, Parenting, and Being Careful What You Wish For

I have known for quite some time that I have to be careful what I wish for, because I just might get it.  I frequently get what I wish for.  It just doesn’t work out quite as I’d intended.  A few days ago, I’d posted about our toddler thumbsucking issues.  I thought that I’d do anything to get Norton to stop the toddler thumbsucking, short of amputation.

I thought wrong.

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Toddler Bedtime Progression

The other night after I got back from taking the kids and the dog for a little hike in the woods, the husband took care of toddler bedtime.  (I’ve been pretty fortunate… he’s always done the kids’ bedtime routines.)  In our household, toddler bedtime isn’t a cause for fighting, tears, or anything else.  In fact, it’s gotten so darned easy that it’s amazing.

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Toddler Parenting Tip – Taking the War out of Washing Up

I don’t profess to be an expert on toddler parenting.  Like most of us, I figure it out by trial and error.  For ages now, I’ve been struggling with one seemingly simple toddler parenting task: washing up after meals.  You see, Norton hates anything to do with getting his diaper changed, particularly wiping him off.

After lunch, Norton was just covered in his food.  He’s usually a relatively neat eater and uses his spoon and fork, but this time…  Ugh.  He actually managed to get it in his hair.  He was caked in sauce.  Then I got an inspiration.  Norton has recently discovered that he loves “washing” his hands.  It’s not really a proper washing up so much as running his fingers under the water, but it keeps him distracted.  When he came running at me with orange goo all over, I knew that the last thing that I wanted was for him to touch anything in my house.  I’d usually give him a bath when he was this big of a mess, but Eudora was insisting on being held and played with.  There really was no time to give him a bath right then and there… but letting him run around and yuck up the house wasn’t an option, either.  So I cheerfully told him to go to the bathroom and wash his hands.

It worked like a charm.  While he was standing on his step stool and running his little hands under the water, I grabbed some baby wipes and cleaned the food off of him.  Amazingly enough, he didn’t scream, cry, or fight.  It was just okay.  I managed to completely de-gross him, and I did it without a single scream, cry, or scratch.

What kind of surprise toddler parenting tips did you stumble upon through trial and error?

Toddler Parenting and Being Proud of the One I’ve Got

Norton is a pretty awesome little kid.  I know that he is.  Even with that in mind, though, toddler parenting isn’t without its challenges.  I’m pretty sure that toddler parenting has challenges, regardless of the toddler.  It’s just the nature of the job.  Sometimes, though, I have to remind myself to be happy with the one that I have, particularly when my mommy friends start discussing toddler talking.

Toddler talking is something that we struggle with.  Norton has a language delay, and there’s no cause for it other than “he’s just a late talker.”  Of course we’re getting help for the issue.  We see a speech pathologist fairly regularly.  We’re starting a playgroup for toddler language delay in a couple of weeks.  So when friends tell me about their children saying complete sentences, I feel a bit of envy.  I’d love to be able to take part in those conversations and share cute stories.

So, in light of this feeling of missing out over the things that Norton isn’t doing, I’m going to take a few minutes to remind myself of the awesome things that Norton does.

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Adventures in Toddler Parenting

Toddler parenting is always an amazing thing.  Even though we don’t go out as much as we should, every day is different because every day Norton gets up to different shenanigans.  Some of them are funny, and sometimes he pops out with gross things that makes toddler parenting a little less fun than it could be.

I’d heard this particular bane of toddler parenting from some of my mommy friends online… and I’ve always been silently grateful that Norton had never done such a thing.  Until tonight.

Norton pooped in the tub.


To make it even better, he realized that he didn’t want it in the tub with him… so he threw it out of the tub.


You’d better believe that this particularly gross instance of toddler behavior will never, ever be forgotten about.  And now I’m wondering how long until we can get him potty trained.