Running of the Toddlers
Caution: Nightly Event in Progress
Running of the toddler
Traveling has always been something I would like to do. There are many places and sites in the world that I want to see. I try to instill this sense of adventure in my son by letting him experience new things and new ideas. Sometimes I think having a toddler is an adventure in itself and I don’t have to look very far to find famous sites in my life.
Running of the Bulls is an annual 7 day event in Pampola, Spain. During the event, in the old part of the city, they close off sections of the street. It is on those closed streets a dozen bulls will be let loose. Being chased by the bulls is the goal of many who gather in the street for the event. The Running of the Bulls is very dangerous.
Running of the Toddlers
As much I would like to go to Spain someday, I can find danger in my home. In my house, we have a nightly event called bedtime. I always thought (I seriously need to stop thinking) that bedtime would be simple. Bedtime always begins with my son telling us, “I not tired!” I know once he says those words the running of the toddler is about to begin.
The running of the toddler is a wonderful nightly event filled with mystery and laughter. As soon as my son knows bedtime is coming he takes off running through the house. I am sure at the speed he is running he is working on breaking the sound barrier. If we have a guest over we always tell them about the running of the toddler. We make sure if the run begins to show our guest safety zones for escape. We have even considered making guests sign a contract about liability to make sure we aren’t responsible for damages they may incur.
Amazingly this event always ends with my son collapsing (usually on the sofa) and asking for milk, story and then bed. A toddler’s bedtime is never easy. I do know that toddlers often give signs that bedtime is approaching.
1. Risky Running Toddlers – Your toddler starts an erratic behavior of risky running through your house. They have no set pattern in their run and will often run head first into a wall.
2. Time slows down – You begin to become unsure about the real-time. Time will come to almost a complete stand still before your toddlers actual bedtime. You will find yourself checking the clock every few seconds.
3. Laughing – Your toddler will develop an uncontrollable laugh. This laugh, at times, will sound maniacal or mischievous. They have even been known to run into the wall (see #1) and start laughing. The laughter will only end after they run into a wall again (pattern will continue repeating.)
4. Random words – Toddlers talk a lot during the normal course of a day. When it is getting close to their bedtime their ability to talk increases. They will say random words without rhyme or reason, e.g. My son was running through the house non-stop. He slowed down and ran up to me and yelled, “Dada…Dada?” I am watching him with suspicion, “Yes…Xan?” My three-year old son smiles and says, “Rainbows!” and takes off running again.
5. Toy toss – Toys will begin to randomly appear in the rooms. It doesn’t matter if you picked up every toy in the house and have hidden them. The hidden toys have been known to fly through a room and land near a person. (NOTE : It is at this time I find it most helpful to wear a helmet.)
It took many years to have our son. He is our blessing. It is usually during the nightly event I am glad that we only have one son. I honestly don’t know if my heart could take two running of the toddlers!
How is bedtime in your house? Is it one long adventure like it is mine? What is your secret to a great bedtime? Be sure to tell me in the comments below!
Be sure to check out Andi-Roo at TheWorld4Realz who is writing about a month of controversy in the A to Z +1 August blogging challenge with me! Today is the letter “R” for Running of the Toddler.
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