Last Sunday at church a friend asked me how I stay sane with toddlers. Those weren’t the exact words she used, but it was the gist of the question. I’ve been thinking a lot about the answer, and here is what I have come up with.
Numbers 1 and 2 are the most important.
1. Have a daily Quiet Time with the Lord before the children wake up. Read the Word, possibly a devotional book, pray, memorize scripture, and write down what you feel the Lord is teaching you. In my daily prayer I ask the Holy Spirit to fill me with the Fruit of the Spirit. I especially ask for patience and gentleness–necessary in dealing with my toddlers!
2. Lower your expectations. Life with toddlers is unpredictable. They will interrupt. They will have needs when it’s not convenient. They will make messes. They will get hurt. They will need lots of supervision and discipline. When I remember this, it makes the day run smoother and is much less frustrating for me. I try to save my “projects” and other things that require full attention for when they are asleep.
3. Have a very consistent discipline system. Start early and be vigilant.
4. Don’t let them get tired or hungry. They get very cranky.
5. Have a day full of routine. And don’t overload them with activites.
6. Teach older children how to play with the younger one for a 30-minute time slot.
7. Enjoy them!!! Toddlers are so cute and funny. Let them make you laugh. They’ll grow up so fast. Read to them, sit them on your lap, dance with them, play a drum together, hug and kiss them often!
Any other ideas?