When Does It Get Easier With A Toddler And Older Kids?

If you’re new to parenting, it’s bound to be a bit of a struggle until you get into the swing of things.

Don’t worry; it’s normal to feel a little out of your depth.

But you’re probably wondering if parenting ever gets more manageable as your child gets a little older.

If you ask experienced parents, they’ll tell you that it doesn’t get easier or harder; the challenges change along the way, so strap in for the ride.


When Does It Get Easier with a Toddler?

when does it get easier with a toddler

Toddlers are never ‘easy.’ But when your child starts to reach the 18–24-month stage, some of that pressure is removed. This is because this is the age when your child can begin to communicate properly with you.

As your child starts to learn new skills, such as their first words or feeding themselves, it takes a little bit of the pressure off you.

At this stage, they can tell you if they need something, rather than you having to guess why they’re crying.

It also means that you’ll be given a little bit of your time back as they learn to do things independently. Giving them something to eat doesn’t necessarily mean you have to feed them now.

However, this age does come with its challenges as they will also start walking and touching everything. So make sure you’ve appropriately childproofed your home.


Tips for Making It Easier at 18 Months

18 month old playing with crayons

While 18 months is a great age for learning and playing, it can come with its challenges too.

So, here are some helpful tips for dealing with your toddler:

1. Stay Active

Sleeping is still sometimes an issue at this age, so you need to make sure your toddler is tired out during the day. Get ready to run, dance, and play for the entire day.

That means your toddler will have enjoyed their day, learned a lot, and be tired at the end of the day.

2. Give them Space

You might want to be around your child all the time, but this means they’ll grow up to be overly dependant on you and will struggle to solve their problems.

Step back a little and let them solve jigsaw puzzles or other games independently.

3. Don’t Dramatize

You might have noticed that when children fall over, they only start to cry when you go to them looking concerned. They feed off your reaction and get upset because you show there’s something to be upset about.

Try to brush small incidents off. You’ll save yourself the drama later.


What Child Age is the Hardest?

Once you’ve passed sleepless nights, most parents will tell you that the teenage years are the most difficult.

From the ages of 12-14, your child will be experiencing issues with puberty, identity, and finding the right path they want to take in life.

They may come across problems with friends and dating and, in extreme cases, will be faced with choices to make about alcohol and drugs.

Some of the main problems parents encounter with a teenager are disagreements about friendship groups or people they might want to date.

Sometimes school performance dips because the child’s priorities change, and you, as the parent, will be left to figure out what the distraction is.

Children of this age also tend to feel that they are more capable as an adult, so this sparks arguments about curfews or restrictions on social activities. While you mean well as a parent and you’re only trying to protect them, they’ll rarely see it this way.


Tips for Making It Easier at Ages 12-14

angry parent with 12 year old

If you’re struggling with your teenager, here are a few quick tips that could help you get on their level.

1. Active Listening

Your teen isn’t likely to talk to you about some things; it’s only natural that they start to close up and be more private as they get older.

Try to listen for the subtext and don’t rely on them telling you things to understand what’s troubling them.

2. Muted Reactions

Teenagers tend to react more dramatically than adults to situations. Every broken nail is the end of the world. So, try to keep your reactions to a minimum even if you’re upset or angry.

This will help to calm them and avoid an argument because you’ll seem less judgemental.

3. Limits

Make sure the limits you set aren’t too harsh. Let them spread their wings a little – but not too much. Internet safety is essential, but you shouldn’t punish internet usage.

You should respect their privacy, but it’s also acceptable to expect quality family time one night a week.

4. Encourage Sleeping

Most people think that teens are lazy. However, because their body is going through many changes, they do need that little extra sleep.

Letting your teen have a lazy day every so often will help their brain reset and make them feel like you respect them as an adult to make that choice.


What Child Age is the Easiest?

Research has shown that ages 6 and 7 are the easiest ages when raising a child. They are potty trained, can feed themselves, communicate effectively, and want to learn at this age.

Ages 6 and 7 are great as there’s no excessive hormone interference. Hormones start to develop to work towards puberty at around 8 years old. Before this, your child is likely to be happy-go-lucky.

No door slamming and no tantrums. Just playing and cuddling.


Tips for Making It Easier for 7-Year-Olds

angry parents with 7 year old

Your 7-year-old is now a fully-fledged person with their thoughts and emotions. Here are a few tips for dealing with this transition.

1. Chores

You don’t want your child to be Cinderella, but simple encouraging chores like sweeping or washing dishes can later help with discipline and responsibility.

2. Classroom Behavior

Your child must understand manners in the home, as well as outside. Make sure they’re aware of when it’s appropriate to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ This will help you out in public.

3. Encourage Respect

Your child needs to learn that other people can have different opinions. To a child, everything will appear black and white at first.

As they get older, it’s important to talk about the reasons behind different opinions. This will help them respect others and give them confidence in their thoughts and views later.


Conclusion

Raising a child of any age is never going to be easy. However, despite the challenges you’ll face, you’ll never want to change them for anything. It’s one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do, so enjoy it while you can.

Good luck!

Resources

https://www.orchidsinternationalschool.com/blog/parents-corner/parenting-easier-or-harder/

https://www.medicinenet.com/what_age_is_hardest_to_parent/article.htm

https://raisingchildren.net.au/toddlers/development/development-tracker-1-3-years/18-24-months

https://julesandco.net/top-5-tips-for-18-month-old-play/

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