I’m DOS, Let’s Fiesta!
Keira loves tacos, so we decided to throw a FIESTA for her celebrating year TWO. I was amazed by how many of our friends & family came out to support her and play with her. Not everyone who came is captured in these photos, but everyone there is so LOVED by us AND we are so grateful that they came!
Ever since I was little, my mom has always used the phrase “terrific TWOs” to talk about toddlers. Don’t you love this? Or does it make you roll your eyes a bit? haha
Being a mom now, I absolutely love this. I know she can be challenging at times, but there’s something about having a positive outlook on this age that really transforms the way we strive to parent her.
Honest and open
I think one of the reasons I love this so much is because I don’t want to claim something over her that isn’t necessarily there yet. I want to strive to get to know my little person. Not the sin nature that she has, but the sweet little girl she is. I want to give her room to play and create and be a silly and messy.
I know I am NOT an expert in this, AND we just barely stepped into the toddler phase, however, I am convinced that there is a way to parent her to help her over come the tantrums and not let them define her. I want to help her understand to be patient, use her words, and cope with disappointment, because let’s be honest I have to say no to her often and she’s not a fan.
Just hear me out a minute
So, how do we do this? I don’t mean to disappoint, but I don’t actually have an answer.
The truth is, every child is different, so it makes sense that we will need to parent our kids differently—in the best way that fits them. The best advice I’ve heard, is to learn from other moms and parents who you admire and then filter their advice through your own lens and through the lens of the Gospel. Learning from others is wonderful and helpful, but deep down, you know what’s best for your kid.
I truly believe you are equipt to decide what is best for them and as their momma, you are the best person for the job. What I want to challenge you with, is to not define them by the terrible TWO stage and instead press in to knowing their little hearts more.
Be filled up
In order to accomplish this, we need to be filled ourselves. As moms we take on so much. When was the last time you took a day for yourself? Or had time alone to really rest and disconnect? Momma, you need rest and you need to be filled up! How are we suppose to love our kids and our spouses well if we are always tired and overextended?
We need to take time to care for ourselves in order to love our families well. So make sure to prioritize this!
So, my challenge for you toddler mommas is to find time to truly rest and get refreshed AND to embrace the joy of the toddler years!