Toddlers can be a handful at times, but it's also a lot of fun being the parent of a toddler. The world is brand new to toddlers and their excitement can be contagious.
Parents can get stressed when taking toddlers out in public. Toddlers can be unpredictable and have been known to have meltdowns when overtired.
Don't try to do too many errands at once and you'll find your toddler may be less likely to melt down. Here are some ways to make everyday activities fun with toddlers.
Always bring quiet time activities to keep your toddler occupied when running errands. A few items tucked into Mom's bag of tricks will help keep your toddler content.
Allow plenty of outdoor time. Toddlers love running and playing. Time spent outdoors allows toddler to use their outside voices and run.
Plan a stop at a favorite park or playground along the way. Allow extra time when running errands for a fun break in the action. Spend 30 minutes at the park or playground to let your toddler run and play.
Baking with toddlers can be fun, but plan ahead for a few messes. Toddlers love standing on a chair to help in the kitchen. Wash their hands and let them help make cookies. They will love rolling cookie dough into balls.
Reading with toddlers is a stop-and-go activity. Read a page and then answer the questions your toddler has about the page. Toddlers don't always sit still for reading time so go with the flow.
Toddlers love to help around the house. Let them sort socks by color when you're folding clothes. Buy a toddler-size broom to let your toddler help when you're doing housework.
Planting flowers is fun for toddlers. Whether you're planting bulbs in the fall for spring flowers or summer annuals, let your toddler help. Hand washing may be required after the planting is done.
When raking leaves, pick up a small sized rake to let your toddler help. Be sure to allow time for jumping in the leaves, a toddler favorite.
Dance to the music with your toddler. Whatever you're doing at home, put on some music and take time to dance. Toddlers love dancing and music makes everything more fun.
Think simple. Electronics not necessary. Toddlers enjoy simple activities. Instead of handing your toddler an iPad or tablet, play fun games or enjoy simple activities together.
Messes are okay. Toddlers love playing in the dirt, running in the water, splashing in the tub, finger painting and other messy activities. Keep wipes on hand.
Toddlers grow up quickly. The school years are straight ahead so enjoy having a toddler by relaxing and joining in the fun. Look at live from a toddler's perspective and you'll find plenty of ways to enjoy time together.