If you have to deal with another night of your newborn screaming, you鈥檙e going to run far, far away. Don鈥檛 freak out now, mama.聽Parenting is a cycle. It will get better, then worse, then better again, and, well, you get the point. It鈥檚 ridiculously rad one day and ridiculously bad the next. You鈥檙e totally excited to watch your child grow up and out of the terrible twos. But just because your toddler finally makes it out of her tantrum phase doesn鈥檛 mean it鈥檚 all unicorns and rainbows from here on out. There will be plenty of bumps along the way, but that鈥檚 all part of being a parent and raising a great kid. Read on for why you should enjoy every stage of your kid鈥檚 life and stop daydreaming about how much easier parenting will be when she鈥檚 older. (Spoiler alert: It doesn鈥檛 get easier.)

1. Tantrums happen at every age.聽Just wait. Your three-year-old鈥檚 sassiness is sweet in comparison to what you鈥檙e going to get in a decade. Now, there are no eye rolls or door slamming, and you definitely don鈥檛 have to sit by the front door, anxiously waiting for your kid to get home from a date with a sketchy guy. Go ahead and cuddle that preschooler of yours. Her tantrums really aren鈥檛 that bad.

2. Your baby will always be your baby.聽Aw, your cuddly little love is snuggled up in her swaddling blanket. She鈥檚 so small, and you feel so protective of her. That feeling doesn鈥檛 go away. You鈥檒l go from checking her breathing 3,000 times a night to chasing her around the playground just to make sure she doesn鈥檛 trip over her shoelaces. Babying your baby doesn鈥檛 stop as she gets older. Whether you鈥檙e drying her tears after her first beau breaks her heart or visiting her at college, she鈥檒l always be your baby!

3. You鈥檒l eventually get the hang of it.聽Let鈥檚 face it: The whole parenting thing is kind of a mystery in the beginning. Something as simple as changing a diaper requires an instructional manual. As your child gets older and goes through new stages of life, you鈥檙e suddenly thrown into new struggles, new joys, and new mysteries. Here鈥檚 the thing: You鈥檒l totally get better at parenting. Even though there are plenty of new parenting issues you鈥檒l have to tackle, you鈥檒l eventually stop referring to yourself as a 鈥渘ew mommy鈥 and start realizing that you鈥檝e got聽it under control.

4. It鈥檚 a marathon, not a sprint.聽Rushing from one stage to another isn鈥檛 going to make your life any easier. Obviously, it鈥檚 tempting to skim over the not-so-great parts of parenting. Really, no mom wants to have sleepless nights or deal with toddler tantrums. But that doesn鈥檛 mean you need to push your child to grow up quickly. Sure, she鈥檚 having tantrums on the daily now, but that won鈥檛 last forever. So, unless there鈥檚 a problem that a pro has diagnosed, consider this time period as just one hurdle in the marathon that is parenting.聽Unless you have a little prodigy on your hands, your child 鈥 whether she鈥檚 five or 15 鈥 is still a long ways聽away from being an adult. Enjoy the ride!

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