- Brief to prolonged feelings of being completely overwhelmed.
- Shouting of otherwise absurd statements such as, "Stop licking the walls!" "Don't comb your hair with toilet water!" "Look with your eyes, not your hands!" "Don't eat spaghetti with your feet!"
- Uncharacteristic outbursts over normally mundane things such as, "Let me go the bathroom!?!?" "It's food, just eat it!" "Sleep, child, sleep!"
- Sudden bursts of tears over perceived sense of self inadequacy.
- Complete and utter exhaustion.
- Brief moments of complete and utter joy over small feats such as the use of a toilet, eating all one's food on a miniature sized plate, and managing to get through a grocery store without a meltdown.
- Lifelong feelings of love and affection for another.
- Living with someone between two feet and three and a half feet tall
- None known - time will reduce most symptoms.
Unfortunately, there are no treatments, but there are ways to help cope with your new found disease. Here are the top five, which I learned after my years of thorough research through babysitting, nannying, doing foster care, and raising my own toddler.
#1 Remind Yourself of Your Goals
There are a lot of annoying behaviors toddlers do, but be careful disciplining them based on your level of annoyance, rather than on what the transgression deserves. Often we react because it is easier, rather than asking ourself, "Is this a teachable moment?" A child squealing may cause a harsh reaction out of annoyance, but a calm reminder may be just as effective. If they ignore your reminder, then that falls in the area of disobedience, which should be treated more harshly than forgetting a rule such as no screaming in the house.
#2 Choose Your Priorities Carefully
#3 Stop and Laugh
#4 Keep Perspective of Who Your Toddler Is
#5 Keep Perspective of Who You Are
So let's be okay with the fact that we do in fact suffer from Toddler Induced Insanity. Stop and laugh about it, let ourselves cry, but ultimately, we are in control of what we think and how we react.