Whatever stage your child is in right now will pass.
You will be delighted to discover the next stage of parenting brings both happiness and new challenges.
You will discover new strategies to deal effectively with those new challenges.
You will not do so, however, without the counsel and kindness of a dear friend.
If you do not already own a pet, you will be petitioned endlessly to reconsider.
Someone, probably your two year old, will have a meltdown in the grocery store.
You will consider doing something new to your hair as the solution to all your current parenting dilemmas.
Your new hair will help.
You will experience waves of terror considering that all these little people will someday grow up and leave you.
This thought will be followed by long daydreams about the cleanliness of your house, the purchase of a white couch and the bliss of your grown-up vacations together.
You will continue to do your best thinking in the car, when everyone is either plugged in or sleeping.
You will discover that doing random acts of kindness with your children is an unusual kind of happiness.
You will decide that taking turns with children, when it's your turn is overrated, and that sometimes it's okay to require exactly what you need.
Relax will be your new mantra and you will master the art of the stolen snappy nappy.
You will find deep satisfaction in simple things--like rainboots (see above), crisp fresh apples and take-out dinner rescue.
You will go a little easier on yourself knowing you aren't in it alone.
Feel free to add your predictions for the new year, including any topics or parenting trends you'd like to see discussed in this space in the year to come.