I get to spend a lot more time with my kids over the summer. It hit me the other day that the boys are really not toddlers anymore. It was kind of a sad and surreal moment for me. Like how did this happen without me realizing it?
It’s something that I want and yet don’t want at the same time. I mean, things are a lot easier with them being less dependent on me for everything but at the same time… I don’t know, it’s just weird. I don’t think that it was any one thing that led me to the conclusion that they are out of that phase. It was more of a mix of different things. So here are 25 signs that your child is not a toddler anymore.
- When you let them help you with the dishes or other chores, it actually saves you time instead of adding more time to the task.
- When they run up to you crying and you ask them what happened, the story that they tell you is intelligible and coherent.
- When they brush their teeth on their own, you walk away believing that their teeth are in fact cleaner than when they began.
- Their drawings actually resemble what they say they drew.
- They can buckle themselves into their own car seat.
- They stop constantly eating things that are not food
(i.e. crayons, rocks, spiders, socks, etc.)
- The people they mention in their prayers at night include people outside their immediate family.
- They don’t cry for haircuts anymore.
- They stop growling at strangers in Wal-Mart/Aldi, etc.
- They stop caring as much about what color plate they get at lunch.
- They don’t use their spoon to drink water out of their cup anymore.
- They can actually sit through an entire 30 min episode of a show.
- You can let them eat their lunch on the couch.
- They realize that it doesn’t make sense that the characters in Veggietales pick things up when they don’t have hands.
- When they can sit still enough that cutting their fingernails doesn’t feel like you’re going to dismember them.
- There are several activities you can no longer do indoors because too much stuff gets broken. i.e. soccer, kickball, wrestling, coloring, eating anything spherical, etc.
- They understand your sarcasm and respond in kind.
- Having them clean up their own spills, messes, toys, etc. does not take significantly longer than just doing it yourself.
- You can trust them to get dressed and remember all the essentials.
- If they’re in a different room and you don’t hear them for 15 seconds you don’t automatically assume something has been destroyed (Again, with Izaiah, this doesn’t actually apply…we always assume something has been destroyed).
- They can actually chew gum without just swallowing it after 10 seconds.
- When you pitch the wiffleball and then flinch because that sucker might be coming back at you pretty fast.
- When they just climb over the baby gate so you leave it open.
- When naps become an “if” not a “when.”
- When they remember medications that they need better than you do.
Like I said, it kind of a bittersweet feeling that at least two of my kiddos are no longer toddlers. I’d like to here some of the things that your kids did or signs that you saw to show you when you knew yours weren’t toddlers any longer. Please leave any stories in the comments section. As always, if you enjoyed this post, please follow the blog by clicking in the lower right corner.