Being a mother to a toddler can be overwhelming. I only expect women who have sailed through this journey to empathize with a mom of a toddler.
While the dishes and the laundry awaits, the night waking and potty training exhaust you.
While the house is in a mess the cooking and feeding tires you.
You pick and gather all the toys, he scatters and litters every nook and corner.
There are days, when I say to myself, Its difficult, I question myself am I failing as a mom.
And there are days when I feel so proud of myself for being such an awesome mom, I feel so loved by my baby that I wish I could freeze the moment forever.
Amidst these sweet and sour moments we have, I don’t want these toddler years to be spent in a blur. I commit to myself to make the most of this cute and funny and one of a kind phase of our lives.
I present my list of must do things with a toddler to re-inspire yourself and to make these years the most memorable ones for you and your toddler.
Its Our Play Time:
What I do know for sure is that the happiest time in my toddlers day is when I play with and only play with him, not juggle with other chores while he demands my attention.
I love to spend time playing different kind of funny games, I did not know existed.
These are some simple fun games to play with your toddler
- Peek a boo
Pretend play with teddy bears
Hide and seek
Moving along with toy cars and trains
Throw and catch the ball
Pretend to be different animals
Playing in water
Pretend to be a robot
Off to the market.
The list never ends. So put on your thinking hats, imagine, innovate and create new games and your child is going to love you for it.
What I have learnt is that babies love new experiences. Imagine you were left on Jupiter, how amazed you would be with every new experience. Isn’t that how a baby feels too. Everything ordinary is so amazing and capable of generating curiosity and novelty for a toddler.
My son visions a spoon as the most ultimate musical instrument because of the noise it makes.
Try and provide as varied experiences as possible. Mother Nature has such specialities to offer, its we as parents who have to introduce it to our child. Following are some activities you must try:
- Visit a zoo
Visit an aquarium
Evening walks to the park or market
Find, touch and feel different kind of plants and trees.
Play on the beach
Sit on the window pane and admire the birds and nature
Play with pets
Feed the animals
I appeal the imaginative parent in you to add to this list.
As a teacher, I have always known the importance of all round development of a child. At this tender age when the senses of a toddler are at developing stage, how about catering to their development needs better with some simple activities. I constantly find myself thinking of activities that would help hand co-ordination, eye and hand co-ordination, would require patience and persistence. The answer lies in the day-to-day chores that we do.
- Painting ( the first time I handed over the brush to my 10 months old, he couldn’t hold it right, within a few days he is able to hold the brush, dip it in the paint bottle and brighten his canvas. He also uses his hands to paint)
Picking up toys and putting them in the basket
Making different sounds with different toys
Sorting the different kind of clothes – shirts, t-shirts, trousers.. ( he watches me do it and is still learning)
Touch and feel books
Filling water in bucket/bottle
Playing with balloons
Pretending to cook
Tasting different foods
Put your creative self to work and think of activities that involve touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight.
Rhymes, songs and dance
I do not remember myself singing so comfortably without worrying about how I sound ever. But does it make me happy – TOTALLY! Singing rhymes and songs and dancing with my toddler is therapeutic. And he loves it. I will reveal a secret here, my son is most loyal fan yo yo Honey Singh has. Its elating to watch a 11 month old dance with joy on the beats of music.
We love singing with movements rhymes like – wheels of the bus go round and round, itsy- bitsy spider, rain rain go away. The educational benefits are obvious but what I love about singing and dancing is that it immediately triggers the happy nerve in both of us.
Talk, Talk and Talk and Connect!
My toddler loves my voice. He loves how I describe everything to him. It’s such a wonderful thing to a cutie pie accompany you at all times, there is never a dull moment. Why not enjoy this we time, talk and talk about everything. About the weather, the birds, the trees, the clothes, the heat, the cake you bake, the colour you love, the fan, the pan, the chair or the eclair, the toys or the boys, the food or your mood. So basically about anything and everything under the sun.
Talking to the toddler boosts their brain power, encourages their attempt to communicate and strengthens your bond with the baby.
Wish you lots and lots of fun-filled times with your toddler.
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