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Getting Anything Done with a Toddler in the Mix

If you are spending prolonged time with your toddler, chances are you have to tend to some other obligations during your time together. Here are three tips for getting ANYTHING done with your toddler in the mix…

a) Set your child up with a “work-station” to engage in the same activity that you are tending to: pen/paper, flour/measuring cup, rake/leaves, etc., depending on your project.

b) Set your child up with a “play-station” near you with her own activities while you continue your task: a blanket with soft toys, a safe mirror, healthy snack, musical instrument, books, figurines, blocks, cars, tea set, a mixing bowl with smaller containers and something safe to transfer, etc.

c) Single focus: Set aside a small block of time to focus entirely on your child, and then single focus on your task for the same amount of time (while she is occupied in station a or b.) Repeat as necessary, and be sure to explain your plan in advance (click here for more information on explaining your plan in advance under “Setting The Stage.”) For more information on this Single Focus or “10/10″ L.O.V.E. Parenting Technique Click here.

Good luck!



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Jessica Williams

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Jessica Williams created L.O.V.E. Parenting with a series of techniques for effective communication, deepened connection and more joy in parenting and life. Jessica is also the creator of www.UltimateParentingCourse.com with the best of today's progressive parenting experts together in one program. Jessica is a featured expert internationally on both Mothering.com’s Ask An Expert and the upcoming www.KidsInTheHouse.com. Jessica is a regular contributor to Mothering Magazine’s All Things Mothering, LA Parent Magazine, LA Mom Magazine & DailyBuzzMoms. She has been interviewed on television and radio and taught workshops at family wellness centers, schools and doctor’s offices. Her BirthKit has helped women have a transformational & empowering birth. Jessica maintains a private coaching practice in her native Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and their three children. “Truly amazing woman. I love her advice.”—Carrie-Anne Moss. “All you have shared has helped tremendously.”—Lisa Bonet. “I am experiencing nothing short of a miracle thanks to your laser beam approach.” –Andrea Bendewald.

Comments (2)

If one has a routine with their toddler they can do things while that child sleeps or has a quiet period. A child needs 14 hours of sleep per day for proper brain development. A toddler needs to be engaged and interacted with. Playgroups, grandparents and neighbors are all different venues to take advantage of. I know a lot of ways to keep a toddler busy because I raised my daughters and ran La Leche league toddler meetings and teach children with special needs now. Sand and water, stirring things are fabulous fun. As a Waldorf childhood advocate and BPI graduate also, I know that children can read your emotions and reflect them. If you are overwhelmed and not taking care of your needs, they will reflect that attitude. If you put them to bed at 6pm after a nice bath and quality time, they will go to sleep. It is very nice to have that much time free. And then there is the nap times that can be work time for Mom. I delight in the sense of wonder that toddlers have for the world. It is such a short time in their lives and one to treasure.
Great ideas, one and all!
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