Hello! When there’s a toddler in the house, he/she runs the show and you know it WELL when:
- Books are written not for ‘reading’ but for ‘reading out’ to an eager pair of ears.
- Relaxation ‘might’ be expected only after the toddler retires for the night.
- Songs can be played only on demand and in one single loop till the time you put your foot down against it!
- You no more need a wake-up alarm (especially in the weekends!).
- The box designated for toys always runs short of size.
- The house is never clean (in spite of your incredible efforts).
- Star World and Star Select HD gets replaced with Disney Kids and Pogo.
- Mobile is expected to be used only when you play music but don’t intend your child to sneak in and catch You Tube videos.
- You tube only prompts nursery rhymes.
- Mothers start preferring to dress up in office washrooms more than in the comfort of their homes.
- Loneliness will never have the pleasure of finding you ever.
- Going to movies will turn to be a luxury from a weekend fun.
- ‘Merry had a little lamp’ is THE tune of the day, the day after that and the day after that…
- ‘Once upon a time’s sokher’ furniture becomes nothing but a burden.
- Dressing table must be clean with no cosmetics on it.
- You can forget to keep your favorite lip gloss in your purse, but forgetting the hand sanitizer is an offense.
- Be it on a walk or a dinner or a shopping errand, pram is the best companion.
- Afternoon naps are meant to be shunned as “Is it night that you are planning to sleep?”
- A pinch of salt here and there, the food connoisseur pulls a long face.
- Board books are meant to be weight training accessories.
Every day is bundle of surprises! Every moment becomes an ‘impromptu-decision making moment’. So, all the new parents or would-be parents buckle up your seat belts and get ready for the most exciting, thrilling and joyful ride of your life!!
Being a parent is profoundly the most exciting and sweetest of all adventures. It is not at all a bed of roses (as it seems from far), but it is undeniably one of the best relationships bestowed on us. Having a flexible routine is the best technique to deal with the changes in life. I know it is a kind of an oxymoron, but that has been my mantra for last 2 and a half years.
Every night when I put my son to bed, I utter to myself the famous words of Scarlett O’Hara, “After all, tomorrow is another day!”
Please do share your encounters with your sweet little naughty toddler and let’s all realize (once again) that none of us is alone in this journey.