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What Love is During the Toddler Years

My 20 month old has transformed from a baby into a toddler. He is on the go as soon as his feet hit the floor each morning and does not stop until it is time to sleep. He has learned how to climb on just about anything and then jump off of every piece of furniture available. Throughout the day, I am a broken record of “no-no” and “get down”. Our entire dining room and living room have been stripped of anything breakable or dangerous from the floor up to about 4 feet on the wall!

Last week we went to the park, and he went down the slide 2 times before deciding that it is much more fun to go down head first with his arms outstretched! He squealed and laughed the entire time that he slid down head first.

He is definitely all BOY and all toddler!

Recently someone asked me what I do all day. My reply, “I keep my son from destroying our home and seriously injuring himself.” Ha! There are days when I am so exhausted, but most days being a mom to a toddler is a whole lot of fun! I wouldn’t trade this season of my life for anything!

Last year around this time I wrote choosing to love during the baby stage. Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I would share my thoughts on a mother’s love from 1 Corinthians 13 with the perspective of having a toddler.

Being a mom to a toddler can be exhuasting! Choosing to love your toddler takes work but is one of the most important choices a mom makes!!

Love is patient, love is kind.

When your little one is sick, sometimes it feels like you are wiping a snotty nose every 5 minutes and waking up multiple times at night to console a little one having trouble sleeping. This can become wearisome, and patience and kindness is always needed. 

 

Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

Your toddler is screaming at the top of his lungs at the grocery store because you buckled him into the cart and would not let him jump out. Mean Mommy! You are sure the entire store can hear him screaming, but you avoid the disapproving looks and continue to shop.

 

Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking

Love is when you would rather sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee but instead you hold your little one in your lap and read the “woof, woof” book for the 5th time today. Watching him get so excited over the book just makes you love him even more.

 

Love is not easily angered. (okay, let’s be honest. this is a hard one at times!)

In a matter of seconds your toddler has managed to open the closet door and pull out everything that you had so neatly organized. Instead of getting angry, you put him in his high chair and turn on “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” so that you can rearrange the closet in order for him to (hopefully) not be able to reach it and pull it all out again! Or is that jut me?!

 

Love keeps no record of wrongs.

Toddlers emotions change from moment to moment. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and get over the grouchy attitudes quickly!

 
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

Being a mom is not always the most glamorous or prestigious job in society. In fact many times, I am referred to as “just a mom”, but I know it is one of the most important and influential jobs that I will ever have.

 

Love always protects, 

During the toddler stage, mom mostly protects her child from himself! Whether he is jumping off of the couch (head first) or running towards the road, mom is always on the lookout and ready to do what it takes to protect him.

 

Love always trusts, 

I’m thankful that I don’t have to do this mom thing on my own. I have a heavenly father who I can share my mom worries and insecurities with any time of day or night.

 

Love always hopes,

As a mom it is important to enjoy the moments right in front of us, but it is always fun to think about the future and hope the best for our children.

 
Love always perseveres.

Even when I’m exhausted and feel like throwing in the towel, I find that I can give some more. Motherhood has challenged me far beyond what I knew I was ever capable of doing and caused me to love more than I ever thought possible!

 

If you are in the middle of the toddler years like me, check out these helpful resources:
Loving the Little Years a book by Rachel Jankovic

40 Ways to Distract a Toddler by Emily at Sweet Simple Home

5 Tips for Encouraging Independent Play in Toddlers YouTube video by Hilary at My So-Called Home

 

P.S. Queen of the Household is now on Facebook. Like the page and get encouragement in your news feed!

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6 Comments


  1. // Reply

    What a beautiful post, Emily. It brought tears to my eyes. We are at the same 20 month stage with our daughter. It is busy!


    1. // Reply

      Mothers of toddlers unite! It is crazy how much energy they have. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and could relate!


  2. // Reply

    This is such a beautiful post! My elder sis has a 2-year-old son and her story is almost similar to yours 🙂


  3. // Reply

    What a beautiful post! Toddlers are something else entirely and they are so fun and frustrating at the same time. I love watching my little one figure out the world around him but yes every day is a repeat of “get down” and “donlt climb on the table” and quite a few tears.


    1. // Reply

      Ha! Yes, Julie. It is amazing how fast they can go from tears to laughing. Never a dull moment!

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