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My Toddler Grandchildren Show Me Simple Joys

Toddlers are interesting little people. There’s never a dull moment with one around. When you have two together, that’s when you know the meaning of the word “frantic.” I’m always amazed at how fast the little ones zip zap around. I don’t see how anyone can keep track of more than one at a time. Daycare workers have my utmost respect. Parents of more than one child under the age of three have my best wishes.

I had both of my grandchildren running around my house for a few hours on Sunday. They were both feeling their oats and ran nonstop. Of course, it was Easter, so they had consumed quite a bit of candy. In fact, my grandson already had a chocolate beard and mustache when he arrived at my house.

Watching them play brought back fond memories of when my step-kids were growing up. My in-laws would give them tons of candy and then send them home to my husband and me. I was irritated at the time, but I understand now. Watching the kids rush around and have fun warms the deepest recesses of my heart.

My grandson usually gravitates toward my husband, but this time he was all about me. I think that’s because my granddaughter wanted my attention, and there’s competition in everything. If I built a tower with one, I had to build a tower with the other. They are too young to quite understand the idea of sharing, but we’re working on it. They still tend to give each other things and then grab them back immediately, but I think they’re learning.

There are so many wonderful things to make caring for a toddler easier these days. My granddaughter only has two teeth, so she doesn’t eat much solid food yet. Her parents bought her this amazing thing that looks like a pacifier that you put fruit in. The little one nom noms on it while getting all of the juices and yumminess without the risk of choking. It’s a stroke of genius!

The kids also have these wonderful cups that don’t spill. My grandson has thrown it all the way across the room without spilling a drop. I sincerely wish these cups were available when my step-son was little. It would have saved me a ton of money on paper towels and cleaning supplies.

My grandchildren make my life more joyful than I could ever imagine. I didn’t fully appreciate my step-kids when they were little. I was too stressed to enjoy the simple pleasures while I was in mom mode. There was always a ton of laundry, dishes, cleaning, homework, and grocery shopping that needed handled. I guess that’s why grandparents have all the fun. We have joy without the stress.

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