A day in the life…
Let me just explain a how a typical day cleaning is almost impossible with a toddler.
I’ll start with a simple goal…to load the dishes into the dishwasher:
- I open dishwasher and manage to get exactly two glasses loaded when Nathan runs over to see what mommy is doing
- I turn to get more dishes, he pulls some dirty dishes out
- I tell him no and attempt to redirect him several times(unsuccessfully) as he keeps returning to the dishwasher
- I give up and decide to vacuum instead
- I plug in the vacuum and then he unplugs it again
- I redirect him and then he makes it his mission to stand right in front of my cleaning path constantly, thinking its a game
- I try to redirect him to finish what I am doing, he starts to cry and wants a bottle and to be held
- I get him settled and then it is time for his nap, so I can’t do anything noisy like vacuuming or dishes
- I do laundry instead, but before I can get them put away, he wakes up again and wants lunch
- We eat lunch.
- He puts half of it onto the floor and wants more
- He finishes so I put him down so I can clean up the floor and his tray
- He runs into the living room and pulls EVERY SINGLE item I have folded on to the floor
- He puts one of the socks into the toilet
- I realize what he is doing and fuss and redirect him
- he gets mad and throws a tantrum, which I ignore and refold the clothes
- I open the cabinets to put the re-folded towels up,
- Nathan runs to see what mommy is doing, grabs a bottle of tylenol and runs off with it
- I chase after him, he cries when I take it from him and wants a bottle
- While I am fixing his bottle, he runs to the cabinets and pulls the towels out, then pulls the broom onto his head and cries
- I sooth him, give him his bottle, then try to fix the towels again….
- And so it continues like this….and continues…and continues…
I am sure that all of you moms of toddlers out there are nodding your heads at this because you know exactly what I am talking about. With a 14-month old, or at least mine, I can’t really discipline him in time out or anything because he doesn’t understand that concept yet. So I am just forced to redirect his attention a gazilion times a day and still try to clean up after him and keep him content and actually get stuff done. For the life of me, I cannot seem to get this toddler-cleaning thing figured out. Oh well…this time, though frustrating, will be over before I know it.