Yes, you read that correctly, there are some things that I have found that are easier when you have toddlers. I know, most people think the opposite, and yes I could list a whole bunch of things that are more complicated when having toddlers around. But I have found a few things that have been made easier in my life with a 1.5 and 3.5 year old running around, and I try to look at the positive side of things!
Cards for all occasions
Neighbors birthday? Thank you notes? Christmas Card? No problem. I just grab some paper, crayons, and stickers, and let the boys have at it. Who doesn’t love a cute little card made by some adorable kids? And have you seen the cost of cards lately? Most of them just get thrown away anyways, so why spend all that extra money. Nope, I haven’t bought a card for a couple years now. If we ever need one for something, I let the boys make one. I usually write “Happy Birthday” on it or whatever is needed, and let them color and cover in stickers.
Getting out of social events
Yes, I enjoy socializing with others sometimes. But other times, I just want to stay home and be lazy. Oh, sorry, the kids will already be in bed or I don’t have anyone to watch the kids that night. Perfect excuse. Most of the time I would rather stay home with my family anyways. Having toddlers really limits your social calendar as it is, and if you want to embrace that you have a perfect reason!
Excuses for going to bed early
Parenting is exhausting. Mentally exhausting. Physically exhausting. Emotionally exhausting. I am thankful that, for the most part, my boys both go to bed at a decent time and sleep through the night. I get decent amount of sleep. But by the end of the day I am done, I am exhausted. There have been nights that I go to bed at 9pm and have no shame in that. I need the break and the ability to rest.
Getting up early in the morning
My boys are both up by 7am at the latest. Every morning. Weekday. Weekend. Holidays. It doesn’t matter. There’s a line in Frozen that perfectly sums up my boys: “The sky’s awake, so I’m awake.” Even if I wanted to sleep in, I can’t. I enjoy getting up early (most of the time) to be able to have some time in the morning to get up and do some exercise before the boys are awake.
Personal doctor visits/errands
Ok, no woman is excited to go get her annual exam done. But usually it involves someone watching the kids, and some alone time. Waiting room? Sure, I get some time to read my kindle. Errands without the kids? Perfect time to crank the radio and sing out loud without worrying about it being too loud for them or getting told they don’t like that song.
Everything is about perspective. Sure, toddlers can make things difficult, but I try to look at the positives and have a new perspective on it all and find the things that they make easier. Have you found any other things that have been made easier with toddlers?