There is no denying that being a mum of a toddler is very stressful. From running round after them as they try to escape to catching them just as they start to climb the bunk bed, you can be left feeling like you're head is spinning every single day.
However, there are a few things that us mums are guilty of worrying about, things that we really shouldn't be stressing over.
1. Not spending enough time with them
You can't be with your little every single minute of the day – this is not good for you or them, but that doesn’t stop mummy-guilt kicking in. Whether you are a stay-at-home-mum or work outside of the house, as long as you give them your undivided attention when you are around them then you’re doing fine!
2. A picky eater
Unless your child is unwell, there is no point stressing when they go through phases of only eating chicken or turning their nose up at every vegetable possible - it is usually only lasts a few weeks. The best thing you can do is give them the choice and wait for the phase to pass.
3. Having a shy toddler
We are all born with different personalities, and while you might think a playdate with kids their own age will do them good, your little one may find these types of situations hard to deal with. Instead of worrying about your child being shy, you should let them just be who they are and be there when they need you to help boost their confidence.
4. When your tot is a bit clingy
Separation anxiety doesn’t usually subside until around the age of four or five, and it can even go on for longer. Instead of becoming frustrated over it, help them to take baby steps away from you by showing them how to interact with other kids and praising them for taking these steps.
5. When your child likes to do 'dangerous' things
While jumping from one couch to another might seem extremely dangerous to you, it is probably a lot of fun for your toddler. It is important you resist constantly hanging over your child, telling them not to do certain things because they are dangerous as you will just end up making them too scared to do anything. Obviously don’t let them do anything that will leave them with a serious injury, but do allow them to test the water and be a child.