I once read that an adult’s “parental satisfaction” as a reported psychological metric just craters once kids reach 1 or so because the kid’s can clearly express their own personality and independence from their parent’s choices. Even the fact that when your kid is an infant, you pick out what they wear, and when they get to that range, they have some very strong opinions about what shirt they want to wear and that is a new experience for parents. I don’t really have much advice beyond, pick your battles. We generally let our kids wear whatever they wanted as long as it was safe and clean. It’s a way that your kids get to express their identity at a small age, and they do it every single day. So you may be yelled at one time less per day! (No promises on that.)
My kids basically only eat frozen pancakes for breakfast which is great because they can heat them up themselves (with help from the older ones). My wife makes 2-3 huge batches a week.
We have amassed a giant collection of children’s picture books and readers over the years by going to local library liquidation sales. I recommend it. Yeah, your kids will take home whatever
Branded Character Name book they see, but you’ll be able to pick out a few that you wouldn’t normally get.
I’m a big fan of “Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type” and anything else by Doreen Cronin.
I’m also partial to pretty much anything by Cynthia Rylant. Her “Mr. Putter and Tabby” series are good early reads and feature elderly humans normally living their lives which is refreshing in media in general.
My young elementary kids really like the “Dragon Masters” early chapter book series as well as the “Rainbow Fairy” series. Look, they are trash books, but the kids love them and I have made them palatable to read out loud by doing voices. If anyone asks, the source of the goblin voices in the rainbow fairy books are from an old TV show about a guy named Bevis… and uh… Bevis’ friend.
I read The Hobbit out loud to my oldest son last summer which was both fun and difficult. Reading Tolkien is tricky because his choice of word order is just different enough to constantly trip up an American English speaker. Any you can just skip “Roverrandom” also by Tolkien. It’s a little-known kids book and it’s little-known because it’s just not any good.