If a Toddler Ran This House

If a toddler ran our house, we'd have coloring books instead of carpet.

We'd have pizza and yogurt for breakfast, lunch AND dinner...plus endless amounts of cookies in between.

Barney and Mother Goose Club would loop repeatedly on the TV all day long with variations in volume dependent on how many times said toddler could get her hands on the remote.

There'd be play dough stuck to the walls and baseboards and crayon scribbles on the couch.

And forget all that folded laundry in the basket ready to be put away upstairs.


Putting away laundry is totally overrated.

That's all gettin' wadded up and sprawled across the floor, people.

All of it.

And nap time?

Pshh, forget about it.

You might as well call it "Bounce-in-bed time."

Sometimes I feel like it's hard to keep up with such an active toddler while I'm juggling a four-month old in my arms.

But you know what?

Even in those trip-over-the-toys and stub-my-toe-but-try-not-to-curse-or-cry moments, I find myself smiling.

Seeing the world through a toddler's eyes is fascinating.

One minute, she's dancing and singing around the house, the next minute she's got her arm around me, giving me a sloppy, wet kiss on the cheek. And just when I'm about to say, "Ohhhh, that's so nice. I love you sweetie!" she's back to tugging on the dog's toy and squealing while chasing her around the house.

There's so much learning and growing happening around here, and even though I'm knee deep in laundry and coloring books and burp cloths and play dough, I wouldn't have it any other way.

I find myself thinking, "Wow, she's growing up fast."

Time is slipping away, and I have a feeling in the blink of an eye, I'll wish for these moments where it felt like a toddler ran this house.

Parents of teens and older children:
What do you miss most about these years? What advice do you have for people parenting toddlers? Share your words of wisdom in the comments below!

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