Does anyone else feel this way?
I feel like I do pregnancy, birth and parenting a baby really well. But now that I have a toddler I feel like I'm completely failing when it comes to parenting him. I try to be gentle and respectful but I end up shouting, bribing, threatening etc.
I don't have the patience and I'm just not enjoying him. I never thought I would have a favorite child but at the moment, my baby is totally my favorite! I feel so horrible because I have so much love for my baby, but then I look at my toddler and I love him a lot but I also just wish I could have a break from him and get him back when he's not like this! And then I worry that it will never get easier and he'll just get more and more difficult as he gets older.
It doesn't help that whenever I say that I'm struggling with him, someone has to chime in with "oh, you think THIS is hard!? Wait until he's 4! (Or 10, or a teenager etc.)". I would NEVER say something like that when someone vents to me about how they're struggling with their baby!