Hiii everyone, hope you’re all having the best start to your week.
I’ve had a few people ask me recently what I do to fill the time between toddler naps. Entertaining a toddler is hard flipping work. Even more so if they don’t nap, if you have a little that just isn’t a sleep lover, I salute you!
I constantly worry if Esmé is learning enough, if I’m giving her enough interaction but also if I’m giving her enough independence. All of that is important as well as keeping your own sanity while trying to achieve it, am I right? So, I’ve picked my five top go to’s on a day to day basis to keep me sane at the same time as keeping the little one entertained.
One) Get out. Get out. Get out. I’ve said this in previous posts and I can not stress it enough. My worst parenting days are the days we’ve been stuck in the house all day, being confined to the same place all day long doesn’t sit well with a toddler believe me. Even if the weather is rubbish, get out, to the shop, to the play gym, to the pet store! That is one of Esmé’s favourites, you’re not actually doing anything too strenuous but theyre getting to know all about animals and if they love it? Win win.
Ive talked a lot about walks in previous posts. Me and little E go for a walk or two (or three) everyday and she loves it. Even if it’s just a quick ten minute one to get out of the house it breaks the day up. She gets to see the nature and I get some fresh air. It’s good for the little monkeys to get out and to see what there is in the world. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference it makes just getting out the house a few times a day. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.
Two) colouring books and crayons will become your best friend. Only recently has Esmé been into these and even if it just keeps her entertained for twenty minutes I do a happy dance. She’s learning, she’s enjoying herself and I get things done, you learn to work fast when you’re a mama. Don’t worry if it only keeps them entertained for five minutes, that’s five whole minutes that they’re learning. Don’t be hard on yourself.
Three) A bit extended from the colouring but a crafts session is a must, stick a sheet down so your floor doesn’t get killed and just throw some paper, paint, glue, glitter, you name it, throw it in. The messier the better. I know this would be some parents nightmare but this definitely is mosts children’s dream. Roll with it, whatever makes them happy right? Oh and maybe just strip them off so that they’re not messing up any of their clothes, laundry is definitely not in this set of go to’s.
Four) Let them help you clean or cook. I always give Esmé a spare cloth when I’m cleaning/dusting and she follows me around doing it too. It’s surprising how long this can actually keep her entertained for AND I’m getting chores done? What could be better. If you choose the cooking option, prepare for mess! But also prepare for some fun memories. Teaching them and having fun at the same time. I definitely recommend trying it out.
Five) take a deep breath. Have a stash of your favourite treat, you deserve to dip into that every now and again. Even if it’s after the 100th tantrum of the day. We’re all in the same boat. Kids have tantrums. All kids. If anyone tells you there child has never had a tantrum, they’re either lying or are the luckiest person in the world. Remember you aren’t alone, you love them even if they’re being an A* pain in the butt.
These are things that work for me and little however, they may not work for you. It’s all about trial and error. Finding out what keeps your little entertained and throwing yourself into it. Give these a try or if you have any other ideas, leave a comment below and let me know what they are. I’m forever thinking of new things to do with my little.
Parenting isn’t easy, it’s not meant to be. You got this. So take a minute for yourself and breath. Tomorrow is a new day 🙂