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Being the parent of a toddler

Being the parent of a toddler
Parents of toddlers truly go through a tough time because there is the need to be on constant vigil. The child does not know how to do anything on his or her own, and it is important to be aware where he/she is so that he/she does not get hurt or touch certain things. Toddlers also tend to push everything in their mouth, and swallow which is another big hazard. Therefore, it becomes necessary to keep them engaged while doing chores. It is not possible to leave them alone when they are not sleeping as they can do many things that are dangerous. Therefore, cooking, bathing, and just about everything becomes a bit difficult with a toddler around. Toddlers also require more clothes and cleaning. They also tend to get sick once too often as their immune systems are yet to become full-fledged. Digestive systems too need to adjust to foods that are other than the milk. The child would not be independently eating either, so feeding the child is also a big responsibility. Catching up with sleep becomes a bit difficult because the child may not sleep at the same time as the parent.

Pros
  1. Toddlers are bright and lovable, so it is difficult to be angry with them for anything. To that extent, parents of toddlers are blessed as they make up for all the chores by offering sweet smiles and funny talk.
  2. It is a tender age, which despite being full of responsibilities and time consuming tasks, is extremely fulfilling.

Cons
  1. There can be many accidents and illnesses with little children, so the parents need to be on constant vigil.
  2. It is difficult for parents to communicate perfectly with the child and likewise the child with the parent, so it can be quite frustrating at times.

Supporters

kataomoi

Easier

I'm not a parent and I imagine there'd be difficulties in taking care of both toddlers and teenagers. But if I had to pick, I'd rather be the parent of a toddler.

Toddlers may be more difficult to take care of because they can't take care of themselves at all, but it's also easier to please them. They are interested in so many things so it's easy to distract them and make them happy.

Teenagers, however, are another story. They are capable of thinking on their own and they'll do what they think is right. It's hard to persuade them to think otherwise. Plus teenagers are rebellious... sometimes you'll tell them to do something and they'll purposely do something else just because they don't want to listen. They're also more cautious of their "reputation" at this age. They don't want to look like a "baby" in front of their friends so they'll purposely treat you worse when they're with friends.

It's hard to deal with stuff like that. I'd rather deal with a crying baby all day than a groaning teenager.

Posted by kataomoi on 11-14-2017
peachpurple

Easy Peasy

I would rather become a parent of my toddler than a teenager. It is difficult to talk sense into a stubborn teenager when his mindset is wrong, fully obsessed with friend's brainwash talk.

For a toddler, it is easier to educate the toddler because his brain is clear, as white as an A4 paper, eager to absorb whatever advice that mommy gives. Furthermore, a toddler is very attached to mommy, so his emotions and behavior are easily controlled and corrected

Posted by peachpurple on 11-10-2017
wiseagent

So much better.

"Being the parent of a toddler" is more fun, more rewarding, more challenging (in a good way). "Being the parent of a teenager" only means - most of the time - one thing: headache (it seems that after they grow up, they become monsters, haha).
Posted by wiseagent on 11-12-2017
blank629

Todder parenting

For my opinion, the best time is being the parent of a toddler. Even though it is hard to take care of them, you can have more bonding moments and enjoy every single day. Unlike being a parent of a teenager, they are more individual now than they were toddlers. They may start arguing to the parents and I think it is hard for parents when teenagers reach the rebellion stage.
Posted by blank629 on 11-11-2017
Wubwub

cute

It's more fun to be around kids while they are cute and also it's more fun when they need you and are constantly seeking your company. When kids become teenagers they need their parents less or just in a very different way, so it's not the same relationship anymore, and while that can be very fulfilling and some might even prefer it, for me it's just more fun when they are younger because they are cuter and the way they speak is not yet as developed so it's nice to see how it is forming.
Posted by Wubwub on 10-15-2018
Martinsx

Less tension

The innocence of toddlers makes its very easier for parents to handle them a lot more better without feeling too much pressure. They are still small and would 95% always listen to your instructions unlike what is obtainable with handling of teenagers. Teenagers are one stubborn set of children that are always a source of stress to their parents, some parents develop high blood pressure at the hands of their teens pressures.
Posted by Martinsx on 03-16-2018

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Being the parent of a teenager

Being the parent of a teenager
Being the parent of teenagers involves transitioning from the commanding position to reasoning with the child in many cases. Here, the child will question the commands of parents and, the parents have to be sure why they are asking a child to do or not do something because now the child is feeling more mature and independent, and he/she will need a proper reason as to why he/she is being made to do something. The authority of the parent would be questioned frequently, and the parents may resent that, leading to ego conflicts, which do not really help. Parents can be wrong too at times, and if the parent does not have the humility to admit it, chances are that the child will not like to follow even the right instructions because he or she doubts the parent’s wisdom. Parents on the other hand have reasons based on the surroundings, their experiences, and experiences of others. The dangers that lurk at this stage of a child’s life include drug or alcohol addiction, addiction to pornographic content, or vices like gambling. The parents would have to orient the child towards long term objectives such as achieving financial success in life, blending well in society, and keeping good health. Merely forcing it down the gullet will not do, and constant monitoring would be objected to. It is indeed a fragile age because even slightest excess in control or error can destroy the life of the child.

Pros
  1. The child can handle many of the things such as crossing roads, or returning home from school, without the help of the parent.
  2. The child begins to understand what is being said partly because of better vocabulary and partly because of more experience with varied emotions.
  3. Once the perfect rapport is established between the parent and the child, this relationship can be one of the most fun filled ones even for the parents, as the child can now play games that parents find intellectually satisfying such as scrabble, and chess.
  4. Teens can better help around the house and if brought up well they will give support and assistance to parents or younger siblings when needed.

Cons
  1. The parent has to be on the alert about the company that the child keeps, and how the child is progressing overall.
  2. The parent needs to evolve a technique to get across to the child, and not let the child take advantage while doing so.

Supporters

overcast

Much Easier

Teenager can understand what you're saying. And it's easy for us to get our view point to them. And that's something you can hardly do with the toddler. Also once they start crying making them stop is lot harder. That's why I think they are much easier to deal with anything out there.
Posted by overcast on 11-12-2017
mildredtabitha

Simple

Teenagers are easy to handle. As long as they have the knowledge of what is right and wrong, then you won't have to be constantly following them around to make sure they do what you want. You can focus on your work while they focus on theirs and then have an adult conversation at dinner of how each of your day was.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 12-11-2017

Comments

lovely
Being a parent to a toddler is the best time because one will be able to term them,teenagers can be very difficult to term and bring up. Toddlers listen and try to helpful and cooperative than teenagers.I prefer that level when they're still toddlers than when they've grown.
Posted by lovely on 11-10-2017
Pixie
I think that being the parent of a toddler is the best. I have been looking after my nephew ever since he was a baby. It was so much fun to see this little human growing in front of me. I will never forget his smiles, the first words he said and when he started walking. I am still very attached to him. Moreover, it is our duty to educate our children. We must teach them the rights things. Parenting must be done correctly.
Posted by Pixie on 11-11-2017
vinaya
I am a parent to a child. The baby is just 5 months old. In few months, I will become a parent of a toddler. Raising toddler can be difficult than raising a baby. I have seen people struggle with raising the toddler. raising teenager can be really difficult. I remember, how I behaved with my parents when I was in teens.
Posted by vinaya on 11-11-2017
overcast
I think I am not parent so my opinion is just guesstimate. You can see that some of the people may manage the parenting lot differently than many among us. You just have to however see that some people are good enough with being around teenager. And some are good enough with the toddler. So each to their own. And things can be lot different on that context. It all depends on how you see things fit here.
Posted by overcast on 11-12-2017
potentialwriter
It doesn't matter whether you are a parent to a toddler or a parent to a teenager. The most important thing in life is to bring up your child properly making sure that the child receives proper training. A fodder will soon become a teenager. So, the parent of a toddler will of course become the parent of a teenager. There is time for everything in life.
Posted by potentialwriter on 11-14-2017
Corzhens
Given those choices, I would prefer to be the parent of a teenager. The toddler is the most delicate phase in physical and mental development. You have to be on your toes for their movement and their prying questions as well. When the toddler is neglected, the development is somewhat delayed. Although the teenager is also delicate but at least he has the mind to understand the explanation of things about life. And you are lucky to have a teenager who is responsible and helpful in the household chores.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-16-2017
hermessantos
I think teens are harder to take care of, because most of the time they are stubborn and uneducated. On the other hand, children may even be messy, but they are easier to care for. You can impose orders and make the child obey. Besides, they are much more beautiful and sweet. I particularly like children.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-17-2017
chatbox
Teenagers are the more complicated creatures and so are relationships with them. Most parent-child problems start at this phase in a child's development and it can be a turbulent period as teens start to become more aware of themselves and their sexuality. On the other hand, the worst problems parents typically face with toddlers are their perception of being invincible and not having the right sense of judgement to realize that they're not really invincible and can fall, bump into things, and hurt themselves. I'll take a toddler anytime.
Posted by chatbox on 11-18-2017
Martinsx
The only way teenagers would be very obedient to their parents is if their father or mother is a military personnel. This way, the children would always be afraid to misbehave of show any sign of stubbornness because they are always guaranteed of getting the stick anytime they misbehave.
Posted by Martinsx on 03-16-2018
jayjaydimson
For me I will choose taking care of a teenager because its less stress since you don't need to wake up each midnight just to check if the baby is doing okay or check their dippers every time.
Posted by jayjaydimson on 10-03-2018
mdayrit
I think having toddlers are easier when talking about following their parents. They still have that fear of making their parents angry or sad about them. But if we are talking about taking care of their needs, toddlers can be exhausting. You need to always be on your feet to get what they need.
Posted by mdayrit on 10-15-2018