When my younger was a toddler, we used to joke that we were going to get a button installed on her forehead that, when pressed, would say, “Again!” Because it didn’t matter what you did, read, sang or played with her, she always wanted to do it again. We took a long flight during her toddler years, and I think I read The Care Bears First Day of Caring and Sharing School no less than 30 times. My mother-in-law, seated in front of us, can confirm the number of times she heard that story. The repetition can be draining and mind-numbingly monotonous when your kiddos are in this stage, but it’s a crucial component in their development. Check out the benefits of repetition for toddlers here. And to those of you knee-deep in this stage, take heart. Soon they will be teens who don’t want to talk.
I like to be prepared. I’ll read up on and research and do my due diligence on almost anything. That’s why labor kind of freaked me out. I could read and read and tour and talk with doctors and friends, but no one could tell me a) exactly when it would happen and b) exactly what to expect. Because of those unknowns, it was an unsettling time for me. Guess what? It all worked out! If you, like I, want to be prepared, check out Christa Hines’ article. She addresses some top labor and delivery fears. And if you are still in the early stages and looking for the perfect spot to deliver your bundle of joy, visit the Labor & Delivery Guide, both in print and online at KCParent.com.
Happy sunny days, KC parents!