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10 AHA’s of a Mom of Two Toddlers (A. Tiu Wu)

  1. With young tots, silence is not golden. In fact, one should be particularly dubious/worried when both kids are equally quiet. I should know better- I’ve seen my son peacefully eating dirt from my fortune plant, while I thought I had a few moments of uninterrupted dishwashing.
  2. Cleanliness is in the eye of the beholder. Since having kids, I’ve progressively lowered my standards of cleanliness. Sure it’s nice to have a spotless living room or a dining room without toys on the floor that I trip over. But after a particularly rough day of potty accidents and vomits, I’ve come to realize that as long as the kids do not smell, that they are fed and happy, that spoilt milk stain on the couch really doesn’t matter that much.
  3. Like mother, like babies. As an educator, I know in theory that I’m responsible for shaping young minds. But when I became a mom, the fact that I’m totally constructing their view of the world hit home for me. Case in point, my kids love The Big Bang Theory and the Food Network, mimic my Fookien-Filipino vocabulary, and love dark chocolates.
  4. To see doesn’t necessarily mean is to believe. Sometimes just the smell is enough. E.g. soiled diapers, pee stains, Desitin cream on my pots and pans.
  5. Too many chefs do not spoil the broth. In fact, when it comes to childrearing and parenting, it really does take a village to raise a child.
  6. I maybe a tiger mom. After all, the welfare and well-being of my children will always come first.
  7. No amount of education prepared me for motherhood. Dr. Spock said it best when he said, “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” I’ve consulted the experts, listened to well-meaning advises and read countless parenting how-to’s but at the end of the day, I’ve always followed my gut instincts.
  8. Technology, in particular, the iPad, is an awesome sanity-saver but nothing beats chasing the kids out in the lawn on a warm gorgeous day or building a huge block tower and seeing it all crashing down or praying in together in bed.
  9. In the face of a toddler in tantrum, I am totally, completely helpless. No amount of cajoling or bribing can make them stop when they’re at the height of their emotions. I’ve learned to grit my teeth and let the storm pass.
  10. This ride is going to go much much faster than I will ever imagine. Let me cherish this moment while I’m still the apple of their eyes.
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About Aimee Tiu Wu

Adult Educator, Higher Education Professional, Lifelong Learner.

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