Last week one of my friends (a new mom) recommended an article about how parenting became a full-time job and why that is bad for women. And that made me think about how being a mom indeed requires you to be “on” round the clock and that it can be quite challenging with the pressure that society puts on parenting (and probably we do it to ourselves as well) to pursue any other passions (work, hobbies, sports) as well as we would want to since we´re supposed to be on top of everything. Developmental leaps, crafty stuff, homemade organic food, mommy-and-me classes, the best toys and products… do we still have (enough) time for ourselves?
As I shared in earlier posts, after some time where bedtime was always a struggle, we did a very light version of sleep training and it worked miracles for us. However, although bedtime was much better and without any crying, the bichin kept waking up really early and after some 5am waking we were a bit done with it. During the same week as we had those 5am morning, I did some bingewatching of one of my obsessions on Netflix and in this series, quite some sleep problems with toddlers were discussed as well. And that´s when I realized the two mistakes we had been making here.
Netflix…. The enemy of many mom´s productivity and to-do list. We were kinda late guests to the Netflix party but since we arrived I am hooked. Apart from starting some old-time favorites from scratch (Gossip Girl, don´t judge!), I recently re-discovered an obsession I have always had with a tv show, Nanny on Tour with Jo Frost.
Terrible twos, threenagers, and many other terms that basically describe the little terrorists our cute, innocent babies turn into as a toddler. The bichin is 19 months now and we are starting to notice that the terrible two are approaching: tantrums and drama are starting to get a bit too normal. Luckily, his daycare organizes “Parent school” every trimester and last week the topic was the famous toddler tantrum. Perfect timing! There was a pedagogue / child development specialist to explain tantrums, where they came from and how to deal with them, and what she explained on the different types of tantrums was definitely a game changer for me.
A couple of weeks ago I shared how we finally managed to get the bichin to sleep by himself. And seriously, it has been a bliss. During bad nights he still wakes up a couple of times (especially when he has a cold or something, this can turn into a lot of times) but he goes to bed without any complaint or a single tear. Hallelujah!