Written by Mom Babble Contributor Gail

Spring Break season is upon us, which means thousands of college students will indulge in a drunken beach fest, while you spend your days chasing after a toddler. If you find yourself feeling nostalgic for your days of sunning and partying, worry no more. Turns out raising a toddler and being on Spring Break are basically the same thing.

1. You are up at 4:00 a.m. Sure, on Spring Break it’s because you’ve been partying all night, and these days it’s because your child is never tired. Either way, you somehow manage to survive on very little sleep.

5 Ways Raising a Toddler is Just Like Spring Break

2. Wet t-shirts are a regular occurrence. On Spring Break, a wet t-shirt is worn by a nubile young co-ed, who is accompanied by hundreds of cheering fans. When you have a toddler, you also get your shirt wet on a regular basis, though only your toddler finds it amusing.

3. You subsist on a horrible diet. Whether it was tequila and pizza back then, or your kid’s leftover mac and cheese and juice today, it’s a wonder you can still function.

4. You listen to the same music over and over. Time to date myself. When I went on Spring Break, R. Kelly’s Ignition Remix was playing constantly. These days, I’m listening to Wheels on the Bus and other toddler tunes on repeat.

5. Privacy is not an option. When you are a broke college student, Spring Break means cramming a bunch of friends in a small hotel room. Forget dressing alone or sleeping in your own bed. The same goes for having a toddler, except this time you might be slightly less broke.

If you happen to flip on MTV and start wishing you were partying in Cancun, instead of cleaning your kid’s puke off of your shirt, remember that your life isn’t that different and is probably filled with fewer regrets.

Gail Hoffer-Loibl

About the Author: Gail Hoffer-Loibl is a regular humor contributor at Mom Babble. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband and two-year-old son. When she’s not catching up on sleep, or trying to use the bathroom in peace, she enjoys writing for her blog, Maybeillshowertoday.com.



Mary Katherine is a southerner, born and raised. Growing up in Alabama, she developed an affinity for lightning bugs, sweet tea, playing guitar, and having strong opinions. She's happily married with a son (Nugget) and two fur babies. Fun facts: MK is a living kidney donor, speaks a little Thai, and has written two novels.


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