Any parent of a toddler knows the struggle is real. These sassy little humans of ours put us through the
ringer all the day long, and then comes nighttime. And we all know what that means... bedtime. The time of day toddler parents fear the most.
So, are you curious what it
really looks like to put a toddler to bed? Read on…
1. It’s finally after dinner, and time to start the dreaded
bedtime routine! Time to psych yourself up. You've got this!
2. You give your toddler plenty of warning that we’re going to
brush our teeth soon! 10 minutes! 9 minutes! 5 minutes! Okay, time to brush our
teeth! Toddler runs as far away from you as humanly possible.
3. You wrangle the toddler into the bathroom and say
your “eee’s” “oooh’s” and “ahhh’s,” and are greeted instead with a tight-lipped
child. There is no budging. You try with all of your might to force the toothbrush
into his mouth. You get maybe two seconds worth of brushing, in which he eats all
of the toothpaste and again, purses his lips. You figure, they’re only baby
teeth, they’re going to fall out anyway, and let it go.
4. Pajama time! You hold up the jammies and she proceeds to
start giggling uncontrollably and running all over the house, singing at the
top of her lungs. You instantly regret the candy you bribed her with at
6. You read approximately 36 books, and then are asked to
read the first one again. And again. And again. You begin to summarize. She
figures you out and starts crying. You read the book again, all the way
through. This goes on for 30 more minutes.
10. Not five minutes later, you hear the little pitter
patter of feet hitting the ground running to try to open the door. You pat
yourself on the back for putting a lock on the outside of the door. He bangs on
the door and yells, “Mama!!!!” about 50 times.
13. She’s finally asleep, but now it’s time for you to go to
bed, too. You decide you’ve earned just one episode of "Real Housewives." You pour
yourself a glass of wine and call it a night… until you hear the pleas from
your toddler for a glass of water. Sigh.