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14/07/2013 at 19:01
what do you do with your kids during the week?
H is going back to work tommorrow after having 5 weeks off and im going to be at home till 7 each day with a toddler and a baby.
we do go to mum and baby groups but most of them are now shut for the summer holidays.
i need to get some structure to our week really, because my 2 year old gets bored when we just stay at home and her behaviour lately has been awful.
I feel if she continues like this im going to be pulling my hair out.
14/07/2013 at 19:38
I'm not sure who said it but toddlers and dogs need a run a day to keep them happy and healthy. I know I'm not a SAHM but thought it woudl help. Also I doubt your toddler is getting bored as such but reflectign your feelings IYSWIM? For them the world is endlessly excitign and interesting but we get bored and they pick it up from us. Like going to the park, on the other thread, people were discussing how their kdis love it but they get bored of going to the park.
14/07/2013 at 20:08
I have no idea but I'll be keeping an eye on this thread!
In a couple of weeks I'm going to be at home for 12 hours alone with a 4 year old, 2 year old and newborn - and no car most of the days my H is at work. I really need to come up with some ideas
14/07/2013 at 20:16
Our aim is to go out everyday even if its just to the shop. We visit local parks a lot, and the local woods. Invest in decent waterproofs so weather doesn't prevent getting out. Toddlers etc off atm.but my daughter goes to playgroup twice a week while son is at nursery and toddlers another morning. We visit the library a lot too. Sons gymnastics still runs over holidays so that takes a few hours as its a 45 min walk there and same back.
15/07/2013 at 04:10
E does currently go to nursery 3 days a week and will soon start school full time (but they finish at midday here, very very early start!) We tend to do the following-
Sunday- M and I stay at home in the morning, play with his toys, watch Baby Einstein while I catch up on housework. We are however, going to start ging to a little church group from September as he is getting to a busy age now! Afternoon we meet Es friends at softplay and stay for tea, then come home for baths and get the little ones to bed.
Monday- Baby massage for M and E gets to play in the buildings creche area. Crafty afternoon at home.
Tuesday- M has baby sign in the morning. Afternoon is usually an arranged play date at ours or at a friends.
Wednesday- Swimming in the morning. If no play date arranged in the afternoon, we have 'movie time' with one of Es film choices and I let her have popcorn. M will happily sit and watch it too!
Thursday- M has a music class in the morning and we usually do soft play, the park in cooler months, afternoon tea (hotels here cater really well for kids though) or dinner at pizza express/Carluccios with friends in the afternoon.
Friday/Saturday is our weekend.
Any days that we are at home we can do anything from crafts (play do, painting, colouring, mask making, etc), make dens, play pretend (usually doctor and patient while I get stabbed with a toy injection numerous times ) I get E involved in cooking, baking, puzzles, reading (currently teaching E to read by herself and write words which can take a whole afternoon as she seems to really enjoy it!).E is also keen to help me out with the washing and looking after M
15/07/2013 at 07:00
I feel your pain...a lot of our groups stop for hols too but a couple of our local children's centre ones still run. The thought of hols soft play fills me with dread!
We're fortunate in we are walking distance from the sea so are trying to get in lots of walks/trips to beach. Also making the most of this fab weather with the paddling pool /garden toys. Think will also be trekking to Wat Tyler and places to feed the ducks in coming weeks...we'll have to get together x
15/07/2013 at 07:42
Our swimming class carries on during the holidays but the play group we go to doesn't. I think we might arrange some play dates with some of the mums and LOs from the group for when the group would normally run. Other than that, it's trips to the park, playing in the garden, etc.
15/07/2013 at 09:14
When my daughter was a toddler and at home (I work part time) I used to take her swimming on a Thursday and to a play group on a Friday morning. Then we'd often have lunch with some of the other mums from playgroup at this time of the year - all meet up in the park.
Also take her to the library - that could happily fill up a an hour or two by the time we'd walked there.
Our library does a free craft session for pre school kids (but not during the summer holidays) one day a week. During the summer there will be other craft activities going on. Plus our library also does a couple of free bug walk things although 2 might be a bit young for that kind of thing.
Cooking, colouring, craft, 'helping' with the housework all helped to pass the time.
In the winter we'd go splashing in puddles on wet days. We used to spend happy time walking up and down in the house wheeling her walk along toys on a cold winter's evening. Also dancing round the house.
I think with toddlers they need a structure and they love repitition so they like to know what they are doing at certain times, etc.
15/07/2013 at 10:26
God I really need to get my finger out.....poor C!! He has hardly done anything for weeks and weeks.
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