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Everyone feels a bit of sorrow for you when you tell them you are dairy free. But in all honesty, it’s not that difficult. When you’re dairy free you don’t have to miss out on anything. You can even eat those delicious chocolate chip muffins that everyone goes crazy for. (You just might have to make your own.) I got this recipe from Little Sweet Baker, But I’ve changed a few things to make it dairy free.

My 2-year-old son is the one in our house that must be dairy free, and he absolutely devoured these chocolate chip muffins. Not only are they delicious but they also look pleasing to the eye, so these would be great for entertaining.

The Process

Before you start anything be sure you get your oven preheating to 425° and line your muffin pans with liners. Or if you prefer you can just grease the muffin pans and go without the liners, but I would rather use liners because they make for an easier transport if you’re taking them anywhere.

In a large bowl you’re going to want to mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the chocolate chips. You can really use any kind of chocolate chips you want, but since this recipe is dairy free, you need to be sure you pick out a kind that is also dairy free. Believe it or not even chocolate has dairy, so be on the lookout for that. These chocolate chips are easiest to find at your local health food store.

Go ahead and put that large bowl aside for later, and grab a medium bowl to mix the wet ingredients in. You’re going to want to whisk together melted (dairy free) butter, sugar, eggs, coconut milk, and vanilla. Once those are to a smooth consistency, slowly start to add the wet ingredients to the dry. Be sure to fold the mixture gently until they are combined. Do not over mix.

This recipe makes about 15 muffins, so split the batter up between 15 muffin cups. You can make them pretty full because we want them to develop that beautiful muffin top!

EXTRA

If you want to add a little extra to your chocolate chip muffins, sprinkle some sea salt on the top of the mix once they are in the pan. This sea salt really compliments the chocolate taste and it was a huge hit in our house.

Baking

Bake the chocolate chip muffins for 5 minutes at 425°. Then reduce the oven temperature to 375° and let them keep baking for approximately 12 minutes. All ovens bake differently so be sure to keep a close eye on these. You do not want to over bake these or they will become too dry. If you think they are done, do the toothpick test, and take them out the moment they pass.

The chocolate chip muffins will need to cool for 5-10 minutes before they are the perfect temperature to eat.

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Chocolate Chip Muffins

Dairy Free

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dairy free butter
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp sea salt (*optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  2. Line muffin pan with paper liners or grease the muffin pan.

  3. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips and set aside.

  4. In a medium bowl whisk together melted melted butter, sugar, milk, eggs, and vanilla. 

  5. Slowly add wet ingredients, to the dry ingredients. Fold them together until combined, but do not over mix.

  6. Divide the batter up into the 15 muffin cups.

  7. **OPTIONAL – sprinkle some sea salt on top of the batter if you want to add a little extra flavor.

  8. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes.

  9. Then reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees and continue to bake for an additional 12 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.

  10. Do not over bake or they will become too dry. Let them cool for 5-10 minutes

  11. ENJOY!

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One of the things you do while you wait for your little bundle of joy to arrive is baby-proofing the house. It takes a while for your new baby to be able to crawl around and for the baby-proofing to actually be necessary. However, when that time comes you realize not everything is done, so you spend more time baby-proofing the house. Then your baby starts learning how to pull themselves up on things, which means it’s time to baby-proof again. Your child then hits their next milestone and they start walking! It takes them a while to get confident with this but by the time they master it, almost nothing is safe in your baby-proof house. But why is that? It’s because you now have a toddler, and it’s time to start toddler-proofing everything.

Toddler-proofing is not an easy task, and it feels like a task that has no end. We’re going to split this up room by room to make sure I cover everything we have had to toddler-proof for our child. Hopefully this will help you with things you’ve never even thought of toddler-proofing.

Living Room

If your house is anything like ours, the living room is the heart of the home. This is where we spend most of our time, so this room must be pretty perfect when it comes to toddler-proofing.

  • All outlets need to be out of reach, or need to have outlet covers on them so no little fingers can get in them.
  • All wires/cords need to be completely out of reach. It would be ideal for them to be completely out of sight too, because out of sight, out mind.
  • Fire places need to be covered if you have a brick fireplace. Get bumpers to go around the corners, or even just gate the whole thing off.
  • BOOK SHELVES! If you’re going to keep a book shelf where a toddler can get to it, it needs to be securely fastened to the wall. There have been many cases where a child has gotten severely hurt, because a book shelf fell on top of them. Toddlers are climbers by nature. Trust me when I say they will climb ANYTHING.
  • Back doors! If your toddler knows how to open a door, be sure the doors stay locked always. If they know how to unlock them, then be sure to add another lock up at the top of the door where they can’t reach. However, if you’re worried about this, they make alarms that you can purchase here that you can easily put on doors and windows. They are obnoxiously loud, so you won’t have to worry about them slipping out without you knowing.
  • If your living room leads to other rooms that you don’t want your toddler to get to, either use baby gates or door knob locks. Both work exceptionally well.

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Kitchen

My advice for the kitchen, is to completely keep them out of it until they know better, or until they listen to you. The kitchen is full of so many dangers, I just don’t think it’s worth it. But here are the things I would need to toddler-proof if I let my child in there.

  • ALL CABINETS AND DRAWERS. I say all of them and not just the lower ones because TODDLERS CLIMB EVERTHING.
  • Refrigerator and freezer doors.
  • Stove nobs
  • Oven door
  • Turn down the hot water temperature, so it wouldn’t burn my child if he turned the water on by himself.
  • All small appliances would need to be locked away, so he couldn’t pull anything down on him.
Toddler bedroom
  • Cover all outlets.
  • Secure the dresser to the wall, so there are no accidents.
  • Put a closet lock on their closet door, if you do not wish to toddler-proof it.
  • Only keep toys in there that they can play with, without close supervision.
  • Keep anything out of their bedroom that they can use to climb on.
  • Be sure all cords to sound machines, baby monitors, or lights are where they can’t reach them.
Bathroom

This is another room I would not give your child full access to. Just save yourself some trouble. However, you can’t keep them out of the room at all times, so there are some things that need toddler-proofing.

  • Toilet seat lock
  • Again, make sure the water can’t get scalding hot
  • Put locks on all cabinets and drawers.
  • Make sure trashcan is out of their reach
  • And never let them in the bathroom alone.

These are the main rooms in your home that would need toddler-proofing. If you wanted to do other rooms, like the master bedroom, the spare bedroom, or the play room, they would all be similar to your toddler’s bedroom. Toddler-proofing takes a lot of work, but once it’s done, the relief you will feel is well worth it.

I hope this has helped you see what REALLY needs toddler-proofed. For more helpful information be sure to follow HOUSEWIFE00 on Pinterest.

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When you first bring home your newborn and all your friends and family are coming over to see you and your baby, they are all giving you so much advice. Usually your head is spinning with all the “be sure to do this” and “make sure you watch out for that”. One piece of advice that I never ignored was “Check your baby’s toes and fingers to make sure hair, or string wasn’t wrapped around them.” It seems like such a silly thing to pay attention to but it can actually cause the baby so much pain. In severe cases the baby could even lose their toe or finger. So, I checked all the time, and we never had that situation. So now I have a question for you to ask yourself. Now that you no longer have a newborn, and you have probably dismissed this piece of advice. When was the last time you checked your toddler’s socks?

My answer to that question, was NEVER!

Last night we were driving home, my fiancé and I were in the front seats and my toddler was in the back in his car seat. During the drive he took his socks off and started talking about his toes. He is obsessed with his toes so neither one of us really thought anything of it. We just let him go on and on about his toes. He never sounded like he was in pain or uncomfortable. So, when we made it home it was almost bedtime. We curled up on the couch to get our toddler to wind down, and that’s when I noticed a deep ring around my son’s toe.

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It was extremely hard to get a good look at it while he was awake. I think it was sore, because he would not sit still when I touched it. However, the ring on my toddler’s toe looked deep enough to still have a hair wrapped in it. So, we were really concerned.

Luckily for us, he fell asleep quickly, and we could carefully investigate his toe. We never found a hair wrapped around his toe, so all we could think of was…

It had to be his socks.

We then went on a sock hunt to find the socks he was wearing that day. One of us finally remembered that he took them off in the car and went out to search for them.

The socks we had on him were dark blue Paw Patrol socks, with a white pup sewed into it. They are just normal toddler socks, I think they came in a 5 pack from Walmart.

We turned the socks inside out and what we found was socking.

THEY WERE SO STRINGY!

All over the inside was full of strings, I couldn’t even believe it. No wonder he had a deep ring around his toe, I think even I would, if I put a pair of socks on like that. I am just so glad he is old enough to know that didn’t feel good, and he took his own socks off. Our toddler could have lost his toe last night, and that is a scary thing to think about.

This has inspired me and I hope it inspires you, to go and check all your toddler’s socks to make sure they have no strings hanging from them.

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Getting your toddler to behave in the car can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. Believe me we have all been there and failed at that battle. You just end up going home, or you’re miserable the whole way to your destination. What if I told you it doesn’t have to be like that? What if I could offer you some advice on what to do when your child is NOT happy about being in the car? Well lucky for you, I CAN.

How I get my Toddler to Behave in the Car SNACKS!

No, I am not above bribery and you shouldn’t be either. Sometimes you just need to have snacks on hand so you can keep your child happy with them. Here are some of the snacks I like to keep on hand in the car.

  • Baggie of cereal
  • Pack of crackers
  • Suckers
  • Animal crackers

Those are my go to snacks because they are easy for my toddler to eat, and he does fairly well with them. The only problem here is they are ALL MESSY! Be sure to keep one of those hand-held vacuums in the car so messes won’t be a big deal.

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MUSIC

Music can sometimes calm my child when we are moments from a breakdown. He has certain songs he really likes when we listen to the radio and they can fix almost any mood! What are your toddler’s favorite songs? Let me know it the comments below, I would love to hear them!

However, If my toddler is already in the middle of breakdown, chances are the music is going to make it worse and this meltdown is going to escalate into a sensory melt down.

TOYS

Bringing along your child’s favorite toys can sometimes keep them happier for longer. Toddlers get bored in the car and is the reason for half of their meltdowns. So, pack a little toy bag if you plan on being out all day or if you have a long drive ahead of you. Here are some of the toys we love to take with us.

We obviously love the Leapfrog toys, and so does our toddler. They keep his attention for so long, and they are educational! So, I guess it’s a win for everyone. Any toy that your toddler loves to play with will be the perfect toy in the car.

TIP: If you’re going to rely on only toys to keep your toddler occupied, be sure you either have plenty to hand him/her if they drop them, or be sure your passenger knows that’s their job.

BOOKS

If your toddler is a reader like mine is, then books are a wonderful solution to getting them to behave in the car. Ever since my child has been able to hold up a book, he has loved to try and read them. Sometimes just giving him a picture book will keep him occupied for at least 20 minutes, I hope he never loses his love for books. If you are struggling to get your toddler to be interested in reading, give this post a read.

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Toys, we can’t live with them and we can’t live without them. Every gift giving holiday that comes around, I like to go through my son’s toys and donate the ones he doesn’t play with any more. This keeps us from drowning in toys, and helps us make room for new ones that are soon to come. I like to call this, THE TOY PURGE.

Luckily for me my son doesn’t understand what I’m doing yet, so he doesn’t even miss anything we get rid of! However, my time is coming when he is going to start realizing that we are getting rid of some toys. When that time does come, I’ll have to explain to him that there are kids who can’t afford to have toys, and he’s making it possible for them to play.

When is the Best Time for a Toy Purge?

As I mentioned in the beginning, my favorite times to toy purge are right before gift giving holidays. But, there are also other great times to clean out the toy box.

  • Before their birthday
  • Before Christmas
  • Every season change:
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • When they reach an educational milestone
  • When they start outgrowing things

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Toy purging is absolutely necessary for my sanity, because it makes my house easier to keep clean! We all know how hard it already is to keep a clean house with a toddler running around.

Where Do I Donate the Toys?

Most towns have donation bins placed in random places throughout the town. These are usually Goodwill bins. My personal preference is to take them to a Salvation Army drop off or just take them into the store. I believe Salvation Army sells their stuff for a cheaper price, making it much more affordable for people in need. However, that is just my opinion and you can drop your toys off at any donation site that accepts toys.

Garage Sale Season?

Before you take the toys to a donation bin, consider having a garage sale if you’re in need of some extra cash. Having a garage sale could lead to a WHOLE HOUSE purge, which would be even more beneficial to a mother’s sanity. Not only can you get rid of all that stuff that’s taking up your spare room, but you can also go through your own clothes and make room for more. A toy purge can be a kickstart to getting your house back in order. Which is extremely difficult with a toddler.

Toy Purge Didn’t Free up Enough Room?

Consider going through everything your child owns, not just their toys.

  • Toys
  • Clothes
  • Bottles/sippy cups
  • Accessories
  • Stuffed animals
  • Bowls/plates/cups
  • Outside toys

Just get rid of anything your child hasn’t used in a while, chances are they don’t need it and it’s just taking up room.

I believe living a minimalist lifestyle is the best for the soul…

Maybe someday I will get there. Until then, I will keep toy purging.

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Who doesn’t love a beautiful elegant decoration that can sit out from the beginning of fall all the way through to the New Year? Especially one you can do YOURSELF! A homemade pinecone wreath may just be the decoration you are looking for.

Let’s dive on in and see how I created my very own pinecone wreath.

Pinecone Prep

Since you’ve decided to work with pinecones, something we find in nature, you are going to have to prep them. Of course, you can ALWAYS skip this step and just buy pinecones online or in a craft store like Hobby Lobby because those are ready to be used right away. But my goal of this project was to keep it cheap, so I’m going to explain how to prep pinecones for crafts.

FIRST

You’re going to want to head outside and find some pinecones, and for this particular project you are going to want to gather about 50-60 pinecones. While you’re collecting them, be sure to pull off any pine needles or debris that may be stuck to them. We have a Pine Tree in our back yard, so I took my toddler outside and had him help me collect pinecones in a big bowl, it was a lot of fun for the both of us.

SECOND

Using a large bowl, or even just a sink full of water, soak the pinecones in the water, and be sure to add about a cup of vinegar to send those bugs packing! Soak them for about 20-30 minutes, and trust me this is long enough to make so many bugs come out! Be ready to kill them, or safely transport them outside which ever you prefer. This step it also going to cause the pinecones to close so don’t be alarmed now that they look different.

THIRD

After the 20-30 minutes of soaking, lay the pinecones out to dry overnight. You can lay them out on a towel, or some newspaper, which ever you have on hand.

FOURTH

The next morning, they should be dry and they should have opened slightly. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the pinecones on the sheet. Put them in the oven and bake them for 3 hours at 200°. This will get rid of any bugs that were pesky enough to stay, and it will open the pinecones up making them look beautifully full. Baking the pinecones is going to cause all the sap inside of them to come out, but we want this to happen because it makes the pinecones look glossy and give them a nice finished look.

*Don’t worry the pinecones won’t come out sticky anymore.

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Creating the Pinecone Wreath For this part, you are going to need:
  • 18” wired wreath
  • Hot glue gun
  • Prepped and ready to use pinecones (50-60)
  • Decorations to go on finished wreath (optional)

Honestly this is a pretty easy process, I was really surprised and quite relieved! I finished creating the pinecone wreath during my toddler’s nap time. If that can help shed some light on how long this is going to take.

I picked out the large pinecones and laid them on the wire wreath how I wanted them to look, which I did this to make sure I had enough, and to strategically place them so they fit together nicely. Once I had them the way I wanted them I picked them up one at a time and placed some hot glue on the wire where I was going to place the pinecone. I then put the pinecone on the hot glue and made sure it was securely attached. I did this all the way around the whole wired wreath.

Then I decided I wanted the wreath to look fuller, so I gathered all the small pinecones and placed another layer of them on the wreath. Hot gluing the second layer is just a tad bit harder because you’re gluing pinecones to pinecones, but it you plan where they are going to lay before you glue them, you can see exactly where to glue

.

Optional

Where I decided was the top of the wreath, I left 2 pinecones off from the second layer. This way I had some room to add a burlap bow.

I bought some wide burlap ribbon from Walmart, it’s actually rather cheap, and I tied my own bow onto the wreath. This added the HOLIDAY feel I was hoping for. I also found some really cheap, tiny synthetic flowers that I cut apart and placed them throughout my wreath. Just remember the burlap ribbon bow, and the synthetic flowers are optional. The plain pinecone wreath is absolutely gorgeous, but sometimes your own personal touches make the project perfect.

Good luck making your pinecone wreath, I hope you have a lot of fun because I know I did. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with our daily activities.

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Christmas is almost here! Did you save money for Christmas presents for everyone? This time of year, money is always tight and it seems like buying Christmas presents is impossible. Of course presents aren’t the focus of Christmas, but most people do buy presents so, most people do worry about being able to afford them.  Luckily, I have a way to save money for Christmas without even feeling the damage.

Save Money for Christmas Simply

Many of us need guidance and discipline when it comes to saving money.

So here we are about 3 months before Christmas Day, and you haven’t even started your Christmas fund.

YIKES

Don’t fret, we have found ourselves in that situation

many times and here is the way to get yourself out.

CASH

Cash is going to be your best friend from here until Christmas is over. Instead of going to the grocery store with your credit card, be sure to hit an ATM or stop at the bank and make sure you are going to pay with cash.

Go in and buy as you normally do.

When you get home make an envelope where you can store cash and a jar where you can store change. Be sure to keep these in a safe place. Now every time you go to the store and you get change back, come home and out the change in the envelope and jar.

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Anytime you come into unexpected cash

  • Birthday card
  • Holiday card
  • Lottery ticket
  • Scratch off ticket
  • Winning anything
  • Bonus
  • Side hustle

Make sure that money goes straight into your Christmas fund. All the unaccounted-for cash has not been put in the budget so it will not be missed bill or priority wise.

If you can stick to this plan, you can easily have anywhere between $200 – $1,000 saved and ready to spend on your Christmas presents.

The reason I like this method is you don’t even realize you are missing the money when you put it into your savings area.

Save Money for Christmas Examples

If you just try and put about $20 every week you should be sitting on about $220.

OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
Week 1 – $20 Week 1 – $20 Week 1 – $20
Week 2 – $20 Week 2 – $20 Week 2- $20
Week 3 – $20 Week 3 – $20 Week 3 – $20
Week 4 – $20 Week 4 – $20 CHRISTMAS
TOTAL – $80 TOTAL – $80 TOTAL – $60

If you go for about $50 every week you will be looking at about $550.

OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
Week 1 – $50 Week 1 – $50 Week 1 – $50
Week 2 – $50 Week 2 – $50 Week 2- $50
Week 3 – $50 Week 3 – $50 Week 3 – $50
Week 4 – $50 Week 4 – $50 CHRISTMAS
TOTAL – $200 TOTAL – $200 TOTAL – $150

If you really want to make sure you have a lot of money for Christmas, try and aim for about $100 a week so, that will give about $1,100 to shop with.

OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
Week 1 – $100 Week 1 – $100 Week 1 – $100
Week 2 – $100 Week 2 – $100 Week 2- $100
Week 3 – $100 Week 3 – $100 Week 3 – $100
Week 4 – $100 Week 4 – $100 CHRISTMAS
TOTAL – $400 TOTAL – $400 TOTAL – $300

I hope this has given you hope that you haven’t waited too long to save money for Christmas because It’s still completely reachable. Be sure to follow me on Pinterest to get ideas for Christmas gifts and decorations.

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We’ve all been victims of the famous “toddler tantrum”, wouldn’t it be nice if you could just reset your toddler? Almost like a do-over button. I know I wish for one of those buttons daily!

I just wrote about how my child won’t behave in public and I am at a loss when it comes to handling it. However, I think I have cracked the code to tantrums at home. At least for my child. So here is my guide on how to rest your toddler.

IMPORTANT

The most important step and the most overlooked is to figure out why your toddler is throwing a tantrum in the first place. Sometimes they are doing it for a good reason, and because they lack communication skills, they are angry they can’t tell you what they need.

Imagine living in a world where no one can understand you…

So why is your toddler throwing a tantrum?

  • Hungry? (hangry)
  • Thirsty?
  • Tired?
  • Is it a sensory meltdown?
What is a sensory meltdown?

A sensory meltdown can happen when there is too much going on for your mini-me and they feel overwhelmed. Maybe they have too many toys out? Maybe too many people are around them?  Or maybe it’s something as simple as the TV being on when they are trying to play? Sensory meltdowns are very easy to overlook because they happen about as often as regular meltdowns.

Once you have ruled out hangry, thirsty, tired, and sensory meltdown, it’s time to start diffusing the tantrum. Chances are the reason for the tantrum could be one of the following:

  • They are bored
  • They are frustrated
  • They didn’t get their way
  • They want something they can’t have/reach
  • You told them “no”

A tantrum is not an appropriate reaction to anything listed above, so I have a couple of ways to diffuse the toddler tantrum and hopefully start teaching them the right way to handle their emotions.

Reset your toddler OPTION #1 Change the scenery:

An almost surefire way to get my toddler to quit throwing a tantrum is to take him outside. He loves to be outdoors so much so he changes like night and day. I take him outside and sit him on one of the patio chairs and explain to him how “mommy doesn’t like it when you act like that”. Then we play outside for a while, and I usually bring in a completely new toddler.

Reset your toddler OPTION #2 Snack time:

Sometimes even when it isn’t close to meal time, your toddler can feel hungry. This is why I feel it is super important to have healthy snacks on hand at all times. If going outside isn’t an option during a tantrum, we usually have snack time. While we are munching, we talk about how he was acting (well I do most of the talking) and we talk about better ways he could have told me he wanted to do something else. He obviously doesn’t understand half of what I am telling him, but he does understand that he is in trouble.

Reset your toddler OPTION #3 Quiet time:

This one will not work with all toddlers.

I repeat, this one will not work with all toddlers. This only works with mine when he has hurt me or made me sad. I pick him up mid-tantrum and sit him down on the couch and explain to him what he did to me. This usually increases the crying, but once I walk away he almost always stops and comes hugs me. My two year old feels so much empathy for other people. After a hug, we usually do some quiet time and color, read a book, or play with his stuffed animals.

Those are my top three tips on how to reset your toddler. I hope you are able to find one, maybe even two, that work really well with your child.

RELATED: If you enjoyed this post I just wrote about how my child won’t behave in public

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I see you have found yourself back on my site, probably hoping to find some advice or tips that I have on parenting. Well today, I am going to explain to you how I don’t have it all together and I don’t have all aspects of parenting figured out. We’re going to dive into what it’s like to take my toddler out shopping IN PUBLIC.

My toddler has just reached his “terrible twos”, many people that know him, don’t think he is actually terrible. Which he isn’t when he’s around friends and family, but when he is just with mom and dad, that child turns like night and day sometimes.

HAHA now I love my toddler and I wouldn’t change him for the world, but I’m opening up to let those other mommies know, they aren’t the only ones with a child who won’t behave in public.

He loves to go “bye bye” and he loves goes to “go in the car” he even likes the process of going into Walmart or venturing into a store, but he does not like the shopping process. But really, why would he? He doesn’t have anything to do besides sit in the cart and wait for it to be done.

Toddlers don’t know the concept of patience.

Once he starts getting antsy, that’s when all hell breaks loose.

His favorite thing to do at the moment is pull his legs close to him, and stand up on the child seat in the cart. He ONLY does this when I take my eyes off him to grab something off the shelf. He gives me probably 10 heart attacks every time we go grocery shopping because of this. Of course, I tell him he can’t do that and I correct him, but he never learns. If he isn’t trying to get out of the cart when I stop he is nonstop whining until I start pushing him again. Which, I can usually tune out but you always get the side eyes from some grandma or woman with no children.

Sometimes I make the accidental mistake of putting the cart too close to something that he can touch. So, when he tries to pull that something off the shelf, I have to catch it or pick it up off the floor because BELIEVE IT OR NOT, his favorite game is “the pickup game”! (This is why we don’t bring toys in to keep him occupied, because it would turn into a gym visit for me with all the squats I would be doing.) That’s not even the bad part of it, when I pick it up and put it back on the shelf, he screeches! He screeches so high pitched that I’m surprised dogs aren’t the only ones who hear it. But when he does, I swear the WHOLE store stops to look at us.

Why is getting my toddler to behave in public so hard?

I know what a lot of you are thinking, why don’t I put him down and let him walk with me?

My child likes to dart, run away, explore, and he doesn’t listen very well. I even wrote a whole post about using a child harness, and all the stares and disapproval I seen. But it’s not easy to hold the child harness, push the cart, and grocery shop at the same time.

I know I have to teach my kid not grab everything off the shelf, and I have to teach him to listen to me better. I even need to teach him how to behave in a store. Lucky for me, we are in the awkward in-between phase where we don’t communicate very well because he doesn’t understand everything I want, and I don’t understand everything he wants.

The point of this is just to comfort all you mothers and fathers that are struggling with getting your toddlers to behave in the store. I am right there with you and I can honestly say right now, I have no tips and no advice other than, it can’t stay like this forever and there is light at the end of the tunnel! There has to be!

I would love some feedback from other parents on what you do when your child misbehaves in the store! I am open to any and all advice as I am sure anyone who is reading this is open to it as well!

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