My younger son, previously my sweet, easy-going, mellow child, is turning three soon. Three. Three is my least-favorite age. Terrible Twos have nothin’ on the Terrifying Threes. It’s been a long week of meltdowns and power struggles over here, combined with January-like weather at the end of March, so I thought I’d share some “Facts to Make Parents Feel Better About Life”, compiled by yours truly, to brighten the spirits of anyone in the same boat this week!
- Your picky eater is simply well-evolved. You see, scientists think newly-mobile toddlers and young children evolved to be picky to save them from accidentally eating poisonous foods while out foraging. So there. It’s not your fault.
- While it may seem like all the other moms are making scrambled eggs with pancakes and green smoothies every morning, cold cereal is the most commonly eaten breakfast in our country.
- You can wear jeans at least a million times without washing them. Ok, maybe not a full million, but a lot. Even Levi’s agrees. And Tommy Hilfiger.
- If you’re nursing a newborn and feel like that’s all you do all day long, you’re doing fine. Newborns nurse, on average, around 12 times per day, and often “cluster feed” (a.k.a., latch on to you non-stop) during the evening “witching hours”.
- Your toddler may say “no!” to every single thing you say, but don’t despair– that’s a normal and healthy part of growing up! He is simply becoming his own person and realizing he can make his own choices. Baby steps toward independence…
- Coffee is actually not terrible for you! (Minus the cream and sugar, but I’m still calling this a “win”).
- Night-waking is normal…for everyone. You, the kids, babies, elderly people…all of us.
- 93% of Americans have eaten pizza in the last month. You aren’t the only one ordering out and taking a night off now and then!
- On average, a parent has to ask her three-to-eight-year-old child to “put on your shoes for school now because we are so late!!!” fourteen times in any given morning when leaving the house before said child actually puts on his shoes.*
- If your child wets the bed, he (and you!) are not alone. 5 to 7 million kids wet the bed some or most nights.
- On average, women worry about work or family problems for 29 hours every week. It’s not just you thinking about these things in the middle of the night!
So cheers to you, fellow parents. Keep on truckin’.