Having a baby is tough. You get given this brand new little person to keep safe and absolutely no idea how to do it.
I’m pretty sure the phrase “winging it” was invented by a parent.
I’d like to say it gets easier, and in some ways it does – they cry a bit less, poo less, interact more and sometimes (if you’re one of the lucky ones) they sleep for longer.
But toddlers are hard work too. They are stubborn, have very public tantrums, and most of the time you have no idea why on earth they’re screaming the place down.
Then they get a bit bigger and start talking properly which is nice, and most of the time you can just about work out what they want. But the tantrums are still there and they have the attention span of a flea.
Surely after all that, 4 year olds are a breeze? They’re at school all day, which has got to make life easier right?
So if you don’t yet have the delights of a 4 year old in your life, here’s what you can expect:
All the questions
Apparently girls of 4 ask 390 questions a day, which averages 1 question every 1 minute 56 seconds of their waking day. Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? Believe me, it feels like even more.
They’re always right
Even when they’re wrong, they’re right. Don’t try and argue with a 4 year old, you will lose.
They have a whole life we don’t know about
I get to hear all sorts of stories from school (except of course what she’s actually been learning) and in the first term it really hits you that there’s this whole part of their life that you have no involvement in, and no control over.
They need their own personal entertainer
I thought by 4 my daughter would be able to play quietly by herself. Boy was I wrong! Maybe it’s because she’s an only child and has no one else to play with, but I find myself playing dolls, Sylvanian Families, ponies, and god knows what else when I really need to be doing housework.
Aarrrggghhh! I wouldn’t dare to count how many times I repeat a request. My most said phrases are definitely “Get dressed” and “Eat your food”. I started to worry that she had a hearing problem, but came to the conclusion that she’s just 4.
Thank god they’re cute right?!