7 Things Only A Mom Of A "Wild Child" Will Understand
Some kids have more energy — and make more mischief — than others. That’s just how it is. When my daughter was a toddler, she kept herself very busy, but she was all in all a pretty calm kiddo. Then, when my adorable son was born a few years later, hooo boy, did he give me a run for my money. There’s run-of-the-mill toddler craziness. Then there's my little one.
Some people say boys have more energy than girls, but based on what I see with friends’ toddler boys, it seems to be all about the individual kid. Here are seven things only a mom of a “wild child” can understand.
1. You can’t leave your child alone for a single, solitary nanosecond. No toddler parent can really “leave their child alone,” but if you’ve got a wild child on your hands, you can’t as much as avert your eyes for a moment without something happening. Oh, what’s that, sweetie? You were going to pour yourself a cup of coffee?
2. Your child can — and will — scale anything and everything with disturbing ease. Ever find her way up high on something they shouldn’t be near after being gone for a second? (And then laughing about it?) Wild children can quickly climb up onto bookcases, counters, tables and really tall stools without breaking a sweat. They’re like exceptionally cute little monkeys!
3. Your house is babyproofed to the hilt. The idea of an unbabyproofed toddler household is just plain perplexing to you. Not only do you have the standard babyproofing in place — furniture bolted to the wall, drawers locked — you’ve had to lock your fridge, all of the windows and the doors. Deadbolts are no match for your cutie. It’s like living in Fort Knox!
4. Going out is an undertaking like no other. When you see toddlers calmly sitting with their parents at coffee shops or being all chill in their carts at the grocery store, you’re nothing short of amazed. You know it’s going to be a tornado when you head out with your wild child — which is why you rarely do it.
5. "Mommy and Me" classes are the opposite of relaxing. While all the other babies are sitting on their parents’ laps, your little one is running around the room, trying to find the instruments and toys, and attempting to pull out any music players that may be plugged in. You sit for approximately seven seconds.
6. Your child has two speeds: running and running faster. You stretch and warm up before heading out with your little one, because you know it’s going to be a race. And when they’re stuck inside, forget it, they become like whirling dervishes!
7. Wild children can't be tamed. People ask you things like, “Is he getting enough sleep?” or “Have you tried time-outs?” If a wild child has had enough sleep, burned off enough energy and gotten enough one-on-one time, they’re more calm than usual. But they're still on the mischievous side! They just have a ton of energy and want to explore nonstop. (Also, if you believe in time-outs, remember they’re not exactly easy for a 2-year-old who can barely sit still for a second.)
At the end of the day, having a wilder-than-average child can be exhausting and downright frustrating. So you may need a little more patience, but you don’t need to worry. Most moms of wild children say that their kiddos have calmed down as they’ve gotten older. For the time being, love them, play with them and discipline them as you see necessary. In due time, you’ll be looking back and wondering how you ever thought your child was wild.
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