I get it. Today was rough. So was yesterday, last week, and last month. Raising toddlers and young children in general is not joke and some days you just need to see the silver lining to raising these little humans. You need to know that you’re doing something right… or you at least just need to know that you have had some wins in what seems like a long line of parenting fails. So here are some #ParentingWin moments from some other bloggers that will hopefully encourage you this week, including several from moms that have older kids that have turned out just fine!
For those of you that have toddlers and preschoolers and are living through their antics, indecision, and craziness, the first ones are for you. They are both the little moments in raising kids that make it seem like parenting isn’t so hard after all.
“After moving across country, eating crappy food, and having way too much screen time, my two year old chose a box of books and half of a bell pepper to start off her morning.” – Kara @ ALLterNATIVElearning
“Last week my 4yo said to me “I don’t want to wear these leggings but I will do it.” After 4 years of epic battles over wearing only dresses or clothes which are yellow getting her to put on stripy blue leggings without a meltdown feels like a huge achievement!” – Rebecca @ Here Come The Girls Blog
“It’s Friday and my toddler hasn’t eaten dog food this week!” – Rachel @ CanDo Kiddo
“After years of fighting when asked to eat tomatoes, last night my 4-year-old ate ALL of the tomatoes, no questions asked, declaring, ‘Tomatoes are my favorite. When I was a little kid I didn’t like the tomatoes. I had to grow up, then I loved the tomatoes.'” – Alyssa @ Artscrackers
“My five-year-old learned how to tie his shoes and my two-year-old learned how to use the potty….on the same day!” Selena @ Look We’re Learning
“I just scored massive mum points as on the way back from the shops me and my 3 year old bumped into Disney Princesses. Face painting, story telling, songs and making a crown. She thinks I’m the best right now. Had no idea they were going to be there. Spent 2 hours with them.” – Clare @ Clare’s Little Tots
“My daughter would happily only eat broccoli for dinner if she has a chance!” – Nadia @ Teach Me Mommy
“When I get out of bed at 7am and my two (3 and 5yo) are quietly doing their work in the homeschool room. One is coloring and forming her letters while the other is doing his Math. I have pictures to prove it!” – Tonya @ The Natural Homeschool
If you need a little encouragement because you’re stuck in the trenches of toddlerhood and it seems like nothing you’re doing is working, there are still a couple of #ParentingWin moments from moms that have teens and older kids that prove that what you’re doing is just fine!
“My teenager now willingly makes ‘to do’ lists to keep track of things instead of always asking me.” – Jacquie @ KC Edventures
“My kids now teenage kids actually thank me for continuing to make them try Chinese food because they used to hate it when they were young and it is now one of their favorite foods.” – Tonya @ Therapy Fun Zone
“My son did a load of laundry… Without prompting!” – Krsten @ Busy Kids Happy Mom
“We’ve been talking with our teen about how communication in a family/household is important. It’s hard to adjust meals if we don’t know his work schedule or make weekend plans if he has some with friends. Something finally clicked because I found a note on the dishwasher today “Sorry, I got in late – I will unload dishwasher as soon as I get up” (which is one of his jobs) along with a work days listed on the family calendar (yea!)” – Jacquie @ KC Edventures
“I just realized last month that my son can now eat (at the age of 14) and not have his face covered with food at the end of the meal (sometimes).” – Tonya @ Therapy Fun Zone
Kara is an author and advocate for positive, grace-filled parenting. She is homeschooler to her 4 children living in Boston, MA and believes in creative educational approaches to help kids dive deeper into a rich learning experience. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!