So how do people do it? How do you keep your toddler happy and inspired and entertained all day every day? I need ideas!!
We live in a small town. There is not too much going on here- we have a nice little library which we visit almost every day, and a friendly grocery store which we also visit every day. there isn't really a public playground.
There is another slightly larger but still small town aout a 12-15 minute drive. they have a toddler gym area there but it is only open 1/2 the week and for limited hours. We go there sometimes.
I am still trying to make friends for ds of similar age (20 months). I don't have too many similarly aged friends for him yet .
A couple and we try to get together sometimes but nothing too solid yet.
I don't have a problem with how to entertain ds when we are home- we have toys and a climbing structure and a swing and a yard etcetra.
I take him on walks almost every day.
But he really wants social interaction with other kids and often times I find there is no where to take him for that! I will take him to the library but often there won't even be any kids there!
I just joined a music together class which is nice but it is on holiday break and only meets once a week when it resumes.
But often times I am at a loss for what to do.
In an ideal world, in my mind, there would be a great kid filled playground that I could take him to whenever we wanted, as well an a great indoor kid filled play space. Plus we would have lots of regular play dates with other kids. these are what I know my ds needs right now.
I am somewhat finally starting to have some friendships- we are somewhat new to town. But not really with people who have kids ds's age.
I just feel bad for ds in this regard! He is very social and friendly and I want him to have more play places with other kids, but there really aren;'t many. I hope over time we will make friends his age. But some days I just don't know what to do with him. I am a sahm and he is my only. Sometimes I tell dh we need to have a second child just for ds to have someone to play with- but we both think we want to just have ds as our only- not 100% sure on that. So for now- any suggestions? please?!
And how do you all do it- anyone in a similar situation in terms of not knowing what to do with your toddler all day? I feel sad sometimes that situations aren;t more ideal like I described! I know eventually he will be in preschool but I do not wish time to go any faster or anything- I love spending my days with him. I just want to have places where he can play as loudly as he wants- we go to the library and I always feel that the librarians want him to be quiet, which I understand! I try to drive him to the toddler play places when they are open- even though it ends up beign 1/2 hr in the car there and back which I don't like.
there is one toddler playgroup I think in the next town over but it meets in the middle of the day during ds's nap.
So anyway- any suggestions or also experiences of your own?
What do you guys do with your toddlers all day?
sometimes we talk about moving to a bigger town just to have more going on for ds, but then I know there would be downsides to it and we do like where we live and the community here.