When you live in a house with a two-year old, life gets hard. When you live in a house with two two-year olds, like I do, life gets doubly hard.
Two-year olds can be persistent, stubborn, relentless, cranky, and flat out mean… and that’s all before lunch!
However, if we look at the positive side of being two, there are a lot of lessons we learn from two-year olds as adults.
First and one of the most important lessons we learn from them: to ask for help.
How many times have you needed help, at home, on the job, and somehow you got in your head that you would look incapable, inadequate, or even unknowledgeable if you were to ask for help with something? Who ever said that’s true?! Actually, did you know you look more wise when you ask questions or ask for help with something you don’t yet know how to do? Questions make us seem to the other person like we are trying to grow and learn new things. That’s not a bad thing at all.
Secondly, we can learn from two-year olds: to quickly return affection when it’s given to us (a greeting, a smile, etc.).
Far too often are we so focused on ourselves and what we need and where we are going that we blow right past others. We ignore them or even judge them in the 2.5 seconds we’ve laid eyes on them.
It’s time we start realizing there is a world of people around us, and that if we didn’t have each other, this life would be extremely lonely and helpless.
Next time you are out, greet someone with a smile. Say “hello.” Ask them how their day is going. After all, isn’t that how you met your current group of friends?!
The third thing we can learn from the terrific two’s: make the best out of situations.
Have you ever noticed how resilient kids are? When they fall down, there may be a few tears. However, not too long after, they have seemed to forget all about it and are back at play.
If there is a change in their day, they get over it fairly fast (of course, this depends on the child… however, most handle change a LOT better than most adults).
They are always looking for a way to have fun.
That leads us into our next lesson to learn: have fun.
Life is more than pushing papers, making sure every speck of dust is removed, and freaking out over the little things. We need to have more fun in our lives and for some of us, realize that’s ok.
Little ones have fun all the time. They play with their toys, play in the tub, play outside. Play, play, play!
There are many lessons we can learn from two-year olds that can make our lives better. So next time you are having a hard time with the nuances, tantrums, and messes that come with two-year olds, choose to look at the positive side of being two and what more lessons you can learn from them!
Leave a comment about a time you saw the positive side of a very negative situation with your kid(s)!
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Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own business in the fitness industry. She has 3 special needs children, with one child with an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, and research with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!