Been lurking here a lot and searching old threads on toddlers and what to do with them...and I need alll your tips, ideas, methods, books, activities etc.
DD is 14 mo and extremely active, "busy", energetic, bold, intense, smart, focused, and...irregular. I know she's still very little, I KNOW all the books say kids her age don't need much besides a steady rhythm and maybe one outting and a few structured things like baking etc...but it's not working. DD is like a different child when at the park, or surrounded by other kids and adults...just people period. She seems to have a high level of energy and needs a lot more stimulation. She is also super irregular, so I am still really struggling with rhythm, although i think i may be onto something by planning more active play and earlier in the day. On any given day she may nap 3 hours or not at all for three days...she may sleep at 6 or not till 11, she may have 4 bm's or none for days, she may eat ravenously all day or not at all...anyway, I feel like what I do now is setting a foundation for her as well as for us as parents as we begin to emerge from just barely surviving as we were through the infant days. I don't want to put videos on very often but she gets BORED, even if we read, i am doing housework, we go out etc.
So, other than "raising your spirited child" can you reccomend any books or websites?
How have/would you structure your day(s) given a child like this? I am needing far less whining and also to be able to cook dinner and wash my dishes...it's getting rediculous
any other advice for me?
ETA: I am very aware of the "simples" like sand play, water play, lentils/beans/flour/sensory stuff/scooping, sorting, stacking, nesting, and all that good developmental stuff. We have tons of open-ended toys that i circulate even a dress up bin, kitchen,etc. though she mostly plays with a basket of river rocks, her rocking horse, rocking chair and somewhat with her doll and felt food...I "set up" play for her quite a lot...