If you carry out an internet search on ‘coping with sleep deprivation for parents’ the majority of what you will find is targeted at the newborn stage. Those early months with a brand new human are meant to involve significant tiredness and I think all new parents expect this. What a lot of parents, myself included, don’t expect is for this stage to last beyond a short while and anticipate that after a few months of a bit of tiredness they will get back to their 8 hours of sleep a night, every night once again.
If you are one of those lucky folk (and I know you are out there!) then fantastic! That’s super! Just please, don’t go bragging to the mum of a two year old who has her top on backwards, dark circles under her eyes and a random empty yoghurt pot in her bag. She will not be accountable for her actions if you do!
We all know that looking after our children’s teeth from a young age is important but it often feels like a struggle. Especially if you have a wriggly, resistant two year old who sounds like they are being murdered any time you try to get a toothbrush near them (trust me! I know what this is like).
As a dentist (as well as a mum) I want to share a few tips and products that I have found useful and that may be helpful for you.
I don’t believe my son is perfect, but I also don’t believe in this idea that toddlers are terrible or deliberately naughty and disobedient. I’m not just talking about my son either, I’m talking about toddlers in general! I don’t like this idea that on the morning of their 2nd birthday all children instantly become ‘bad’!
My little boy is lovely, his laughter lights me up from the inside out, he gives the BEST kisses and cuddles, his curiosity and sense of adventure make me smile everyday and I really enjoy spending time with him. Continue reading “My 2 year old is not ‘terrible!”