Raising a toddler is one of the most rewarding experiences in any parents life, but sometimes you just need a few moments of peace. Here are some Tips and Tricks to Maintaining Your Sanity and
Finding the TIME to Relax with Toddlers
We’ve all been there! You’ve been up since the crack of dawn. Cleaning, Cooking, and making sure your little one is getting all the attention he requires.
Unfortunately, you’ve slept wrong and have a migraine from hell trying to destroy what little bit of patience you can muster at the moment.
And your Toddler “seams” to want nothing more than to help that migraine finish the job!
He’s stomping, yelling, and found that damned recorder he got at a birthday party a few weeks ago and he’s blasting it’s high pitched squeal throughout the house.
You’ve taken a couple ibuprofen, but you have at least another ten minutes before it kicks in.
YOU NEED A BREAK!
So how can you get that ten minutes of peace?
- Head to the bathroom for a few moments of peace an……
Anyone with a toddler KNOWS that closing that bathroom door is like a big shiny sign telling your little one that he absolutely positively NEEDS you RIGHT NOW!
Escaping to the bathroom will most likely get you…
- Knocking on the door… A LOT OF KNOCKING
- Cries of DAD, DAD, DAD (replace with mom if that’s your gig)
- Can I come In?
- Why is the door locked?
- Fingers under the door
Peace and Quiet is the last thing you’re going to be getting in there.
Okay… so the Bathroom is out of the question!
Lets get into some tips and tricks that WORK!
- The iPad! Log into your child’s favorite app and set up Guided Access and let him have some fun with the stipulation that he needs to be calm and quiet while he plays. My son loves the Nick Jr app with it’s great games and shows. (This tip will also work with an iPhone)
- Get him thinking! Coloring books are a blast and can offer you WAY more than 10 minutes of peacefulness.
- Sit him down with his favorite movie. This one is obvious, but choosing the right movie is the kicker. My son’s favorite movie right now is “Trolls“, but the fun music and dancing is a sure fire way to saying goodbye to the quiet. A great movie that works wonders and does NOT overstimulate him is “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie“. Finding the right balance is really up to you and your child’s unique personality. As a bonus, if you have a digital copy, you can set them up with a pair of headphones and Guided Access on the iPad like I mentioned above.
- Play a fun, but quiet game, like “I See Something…” is a great way to not only calm down, but it also helps stimulate your child’s mind. We like to sit by the window looking outside taking turns trying to get the other to figure out what we see without saying what it is. “I see something… Green!” “I see something… Round!”
- Flash Cards! Does your toddler have a younger sibling? Have him sit down and show his brother or sister flash cards. Tell him to teach their sibling all about what is on the card. This is a fun way for BOTH your children to learn as well, but be ready to answer any questions which might come up.
I hope these tips and tricks help you with maintaining your sanity, or at least distract him enough to get rid of that damned recorder!
Do you have any great tips you think should be added to our list? Let us know in the comments below!
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