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I'm just not sure what to do. My ds is SO active. He can't stand to be restrained in any way (car seat, high chair, stroller, and to a lesser extent sling) and has a very short attention span. The only way I can get dinner made is to put him in his chair and hand him one toy after another. The only way I can keep him from crying when driving is to hand him one toy after another. I feel like we're both getting stressed and schitzophrenic and I don't want him (and me) to be so upset all the time. He doesn't like toys, and nor do I--he likes being outdoors and around people. But my town is so boring. There's nothing to do. I played with him in the grass the other day and he loved it, but I couldn't keep him from eating every leaf and pine needle he came across so I had to pick him up. So I find myself going to the grocery store for "fun." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I don't want to keep going on like this, but I'm at a loss about what to do with him every day and how to get chores done without the constant stream of toys that he care nothing about. I feel totally stressed out and I know he's feeling it too. Any ideas?
 

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I don't know where you live or how old dc is but maybe a backpack would help. You could go for a walk in the woods or around the block and possibly get some chores done... During the summer, I let dd sit in the grass and occasionally some went in her mouth- a little ruffage never hurt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
Are there any play groups in your area? There isn't much going on where I live either, so at the Dr.'s the other day I asked if they knew of any groups with babies and the nurse suggested I call her own (grown dd with a 7 month old) daughter. So I called her up and have discovered a whole new world...story time at the library, playdates, and other mothers! Do you have a YMCA or other place you could take your dc swimming indoors?<br>
Also, my dd likes to play with things that aren't really toys, like spatulas, pots and pans, measuring spoons, laundry, ( I fold it and she loves to pull it out of the basket). Also, I looked up Gymboree on the internet b/c I drove by one a few days ago and they have a voucher for a free baby class- I'm not exactly sure what it is, yet, or if you have one of these places near you but who knows...<br><br>
Does your dc eat solids yet...any interesting finger foods that can keep his attention? My dd loves cottage cheese, I put a spoonful on her tray and she shoves it in her mouth, smears it all over everything- it's a big mess, but she loves it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
HTH, it is definatley tough to be creative everyday. Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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