How to walk with a Toddler:
1.) Firstly… take nothing!
REALLY, take nothing but your keys and your phone (and make sure they can go in a pocket).
2.) When you get outside your toddler will do ANYTHING to get off the path/ sidewalk and into the bushes. Follow them! I don’t know about your toddler, but mine still likes to taste everything. When we go down the stairs – we live on the 5th floor – he stops to pick up every cigarette bud and piece of stale popcorn along the way. If I don’t react quickly enough, he puts them in his mouth and happily chews them!
3.) Wear comfortable shoes. You WILL be walking through grass, sand and mud.
*On a side note: Jumping in puddles with your toddler results in a lot of laughter… Again, join them! They will only be this age for such a short time, but they will remember these happy moments forever*
4.) When your toddler hands you a stick, take it!
They will be looking for that stick later, AND YOU BETTER HAVE IT!
5.) If you see danger up ahead, don’t bother shouting out their name to stop… This will only make them run FASTER towards said danger! Just be quiet, and slowly creep up on them and snag them away, redirecting their attention with that stick you were holding for them.
6.) Follow at a reasonable distance, but not too close, because getting close only seems to make them go faster.
7.) To a toddler “no” means “yes”, so if you see them walking through a neighbor’s well maintained vegetable garden, it is probably better to just pick them up and walk away. Saying no turns the walking into vegetable stomping.
8.) Unless you have a well-contained area in which your toddler can safely play, don’t take your eyes off him/her for a second. You’ll blink and suddenly they are running as fast as they can… towards traffic.
*You would swear my kid is afraid of me… Why is he always running from me?*
9.) Be prepared to carry your toddler home crying/ screaming. Playing outside is way too much fun, and they just don’t understand why you are they lamest mom EVER. Who needs lunch and a nap… Can’t we play outside forever?
10.) And finally… ABANDON ALL HOPE of running any errands while out on a walk! Seriously, just don’t bother!
*If you want to get anything done, you better take a stroller or carrier so that they know it’s business time!! They world is way too interesting to walk next to mom, while quietly holding her hand*
A couple more pieces of evidence to demonstrated that “the struggle is real”…