There’s one emotion, that above all other emotions, that every mother on this planet can understand: guilt. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? As a first-time mom, it’s something that looms large, no matter how much I do. I could be doing more for my son, I think. The thought creeps up at times where I feel my least assured, my least confident, my most overwhelmed. I’m never enough for him, my nagging self-doubt seems to say.
But the the truth is: I am enough. And so are you.
The “terrible twos” are coming and as much as I take umbrage at that particular choice of words, there’s no denying that Judah is… feistier. Tantrums are a normal part of a child’s development and at 18 months, Judah has begun to express his wants, needs, and dislikes in ever more vocal and physical ways.
Like any toddler testing boundaries, some of Judah’s displays go a bit over the top and it means that it’s time for a timeout. As much as we do them for him, I’ve found that timeouts are actually really important for me. Confused? Read on.
With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas all coming up soon, we’re in the thick of making our holiday travel plans. We’ve become masters of the road trip, thanks to our five hour car rides from Massachusetts to New Jersey, and now that we’ve flown twice with Judah, we know what we need when we travel by air, too.
Whether we’re just going away for an overnight or staying for a few days, here are the things we can’t leave home without.
I cannot believe that Judah is 18 months old today. Just last night, my husband and I joked that we couldn’t believe we’ve been parents for 18 months already! Every parent I talked to when I was pregnant warned us: “The time is going to fly” – and they weren’t kidding. In these past 18 months, we’ve learned so much about what it means to be a parent, and Judah is our wise and patient teacher.
Here are 18 important parenting lessons we’ve learned in Judah’s first 18 months.