Toddler meltdowns

My son recently celebrated his second birthday and you know what that means…terrible two’s. Really, I think the terrible two’s start at about 18 months. Either way, it is no fun for parents. The constant toddler meltdowns are not easy to deal with day in and out.

His favorite meltdown is to just lay down and scream when he doesn’t get his way. After refreshing myself on this stage thanks to the Scary Mommy blog, I know that I am not alone in waging this war. 

My son in the midst of a meltdown.

In all seriousness, I have just been walking away and giving him no attention when he throws his tantrum. So far, I think it is working. I am seeing a reduction in the number of tantrums per day. 

If you have any advice on toddler tantrums, please feel free to leave me a comment! 

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Why is parenting so hard?

When I was pregnant with my first child, I thought that I had enough babysitting to know what to expect. My sister is 12 years younger than me so I practically helped raise her. I thought I was fully prepared, but I soon found out I was way wrong! 

No one can quite prepare you for the adventures or hardships of parenting. It truly is a rollercoaster. Most days I can handle the stress and chaos but others I just feel like a parent failure. For example, my daughter asked me the other day why I had not been to any of her school parties. I felt so bad, but I am honestly having a hard time juggling being a great parent, employee, and student. 

I finally got to go to a school party!

Luckily, when I am feeling down and out as a parent, I have other parents to turn to. A blog post from Scary Mommy helped me turn the parenting corner today by making me remember that I am not alone in this journey. 

So, if you are having a bad parenting day, turn to one of your other parenting friends or groups because you are not alone! 

My Favorite Mommy Blogs

One cannot start a new blog without first paying homage to those who have paved the way. These blogs are not only entertaining but also educational and relatable to my current life status. For anyone looking for parenting advice, I recommend you take some time for yourself (gasp, is that even possible with kids?) to review my go-to suggested blogs. 

Photo credit: redtri.com

Scary Mommy 

While Scary Mommy started out as a blog, it has now grown into a brand of its own. Scary Mommy is a place exploring situations that all moms can relate to. With stories on pregnancy, kids, living, news, beauty, and more, there is something for every mom. 

The Working Mommy’s Manual 

This blog might be my all-time favorite because I relate to it so well. Author Nicole is a workaholic mom who tries to find balance while confessing she can’t choose one over the other. 

Today Show’s Mom Blog

The Today Show Mom blog is a wonderful community that I love to follow. The plethora of content is refreshing and inspiring. 

The Mommyhood Chronicles 

“Laughter is the best medicine” is the theme of this mommy blog from part-time dentist and mom Melissa. I love her funny stories and how I can relate to much of her content. 

Mom Trends

Less stuff and more time is the motto of the Mom Trends blog. Beauty, travel, and style are just a few of the topics this blog covers to help moms find inspiration.