5 Things I Wish I’d Done Better Before They Became Toddlers

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    When I became a mom for the first time, I was able to read all the books, ok…skim all the books and get a game plan in my head for how I wanted to tackle this little person I was going to raise.

    When I had one child, I had a minute to breathe, think straight and follow through with discipline, set expectations, and all that good stuff.

    Enter the twins.

    We are full on into the three’s with our second and third child which is a double dose of trouble, fun, and love all wrapped up into one chaotic time period. Quite honestly, I thought I was a pretty decent parent until I started raising these two, and now, I question myself daily.

    Let’s just say, there is a lot of what Tracy Hogg from the famed Baby Whisperer series calls, “Accidental Parenting” happening in our home and we are paying for it. So here are five things I wish I would have done differently prior to these little lovebugs becoming toddlers – because as they say – “set out as you mean to go” because whatever habits are established at a young age, well folks, they are pretty tough to break without an epic battle.

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5 Things I Wish I’d Done Better Before They Became Toddlers

Nicole Hempeck is a Mom to three little girls (two of which are twins), a Military Spouse, and the Blog Coordinator here at EverydayFamily. When she's not wrangling her children, dealing with deployments or working with EverydayFamily's amazing blogging team she's writing at her own little place in the blogosphere, Moments that Define Life. Nicole has a slight addiction to coffee, loves a glass of red wine at the end of a long day (truth be told she won't turn down a white either) and pretty sho ... More

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  1. Profile photo of nichole nichole says:

    i am trying to read this, but it comes up “page not found” when i try to go past the first page… :(

  2. Profile photo of Jessica Cann Jessica Cann says:

    I would have come up with a better bedtime routine. We still have a hard time putting my daughter to sleep without screaming and tears the whole time. I rocked her to sleep when she was younger and would do anything to keep her soothed so she could sleep. What can I say she was my first. Now that I have another child I don’t have time for the rocking which I wanted to cut out anyway. My second child has out himself on a sleep routine and doesn’t liked to be rocked he just wants to be put in the bed with his paci so at least I won’t have issues with him once he becomes a toddler.

  3. Profile photo of Jennkomar7 Jennkomar7 says:

    Great to know especially since I just had twin girls!

  4. Profile photo of lyndsey lyndsey says:

    these are good to know!

  5. Profile photo of Bob Bob says:

    My apologies if this is a duplicate. I tried to post this earlier, but it apparently did not go through. I enjoyed the article, finding it helpful to learn that my wife and I are not alone in facing some of these issues with toddler twins. My only constructive comment is that the issue with popcorn at Target is much more serious than tantrums. The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued strong warnings against feeding popcorn and several other foods to toddlers and infants, because of the choking hazard. They recommend strongly against ever giving popcorn to a child under the age of 4. It takes only a moment to choke, and within only minutes, the result can be permanent brain damage or death. Google it to see the statistics. Even though popcorn is not a leading cause of death or permanent disability for young children, it does send children to the ER regularly, and some do not come home. More important, this hazard is easily avoidable. That’s why every source follows the Academy’s lead in recommending against popcorn for toddlers. It’s also why they recommend cutting whole grapes in half before giving them to very young children, because like hot dog pieces, grapes are just the right size to lodge in a very young throat.