Raising toddlers is hard - plain and simple.
"1. Unrelenting Parenting
Turn your back for three seconds and this happens. And this is mild. Bad things happen. We hear the stories all the time. Even if you work in a tiny cubicle under crappy fluorescent lighting you still have a lunch break and get to go home at the end of the day. Parenting never, ever stops. It can be overwhelming.
2. The Constant Chase
Henry, don't touch that! Henry, get off the table! Henry, where are you going? Henry, get back here! Henry, get out of the dog food! Henry, don't drink the dog's water! Henry, get off the table! Henry, get off the table!
3. Getting Out Of The House/Being Out Of The House
The hours between 6am and 9am are the worst for me. The grind of feeding, cleaning and dressing two toddlers and then hauling them out of the house with the proper toddler accoutrements and strapping them into their seats just about does me in. All this, to get out of the house. But once we're out of the house the whining, tantrums and chasing makes me want to go right back home and throw them in front of the TV so I can go cry on my bed.
If I'm not worried about all the crap they're eating I'm worried about all the stuff they're not eating. I can't win. Best advice I ever head: feed them healthy food and if they don't eat, screw 'em. They'll eat when they're hungry.
5. Low Self-Esteem
You have to be on your parenting game when dealing with toddlers. They are sneaky, wily sons of guns. And yet, I find this period of time a point at which my self-esteem is at its lowest both physically and mentally. The baby weight should be gone - it's not. I should have more energy because they're sleeping more at night than they did when they were babies - I don't. I'm MORE tired. I should trust my judgment more because I'm a couple years into this whole thing but I don't. I just end up constantly questioning my parenting decisions because these years are so formative."