My sister (who has a 2 1/2 year old) and I (18 month old twins) always laugh about the fact that we will not ‘potty in peace’ for many years to come. I mean really, Reese and Riley- can’t Mommy sneak away for a quick moment without you accompanying me into the tiniest space in our entire home? It becomes a party. The dog even joins us… good thing she’s small. The girls begin naming everything they see (good thing they don’t have a complete vocab yet -haha! JK): potty, paper, trash, sink… Then they begin the oh so fun game of ‘SLAM the door.’ If sister is in the way? Doesn’t matter- game must go on. Dog in the way? Still slamming. Mommy says no? Still playing with the door. I mean, let’s face it: when pottying, we are a bit ‘tied down‘ if you will, and I think our kids know it! ha!
We’re quickly approaching 19 months where the boundaries are getting pushed and tested. Which is of course natural, but good heavens- I’m tired! It also means I am no longer parenting to the extent of ONLY taking care of and loving my children, I now… also have to set boundaries. Teach them right from wrong. Provide consequences when needed. But they’re only 18 1/2 months old- what do they fully comprehend? It’s hard! Just as our kids change with age, our parenting must change. And as you all know, multiples can certainly be partners in crime!
It’s a challenging age, but I LOVE watching their little minds soak in everything around them- learning new words and new skills every single day. MoM to toddlers… How do you do it??!