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Now that it's cold out and my dd is inside more I'm having a hard time figuring out a 'schedule' of activities for us to do. Especially since she needs things to do that challenge her all day. What does a day look like for you and your LOs? I'm not too big on routines - but I'm feeling like we should have a bit of structure - or at least a rotating set of activities to fill the time from wake up to bedtime. We read (though it's not her favorite thing right now), play with megabloks, do puzzles, color, play with play doh, paint, play make believe, take walks, go to the YMCA once a week, go to music once a week, at least one trip to the grocery store each week. But this still does't fill all of our time! Help me out...what do you do mommas?
 

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I always look through the <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.ca%2FToddlers-Busy-Book-Trish-Kuffner%2Fdp%2F0881663573%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1259454002%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">Toddler's Busy Book</a> and some blogs at the beginning of the week or throughout the week and write down a basic schedule of activities that we can do. It helps a lot! I am always looking for inspiration/motivation to do fun stuff with my 21 month old <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Here are some that I like:<br><a href="http://chasingcheerios.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Chasing Cheerios</a> (The one that I look at the most, and seems to be popular among other mommies around here too - I often see recommendations to look at this blog. I go through the archives to look at activities for younger kids)<br><a href="http://mymontessorijourney.typepad.com/my_montessori_journey/" target="_blank">My Montessori Journey</a> (This one is more centered around the kindergarten crowd though)<br><a href="http://onelittletwolittle.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">One Little Two Little</a> (I haven't had a chance to look through it but it seems fun!)<br><a href="http://sporschool.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Walk Beside Me</a> (Montessori - on a budget)<br><br>
Those are some of my faves. I had more but lost some in a computer crash <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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eThanks PJMama. I see our LOs are only a week apart! These are resources I didn't know about and I'm sure will help. Can I ask - how do you structure your day? I'm curious about how long people spend doing what kinds of things between meals and nap. My little energy ball gets up around 8 or 8:30 but is up until about 10pm (which is a vast improvement from the days of the 1-2am bedtime...uggghhh). So we have from wake up til nap about 1:30 to about 2:45. That part of the day seems to be ok...but the long stretch from about 3 til 10 has been a challenge to structure. I know other moms have the same long stretch - just at a different time of day for those with kids who sleep a more normal schedule.
 

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We tend to stay home in the mornings. Toby (22 months) gets up at about 8, or 9. We eat, play, sometimes read scriptures or dance to music for about an hour. Sometimes we go to the gym for an hour and a half. We shower and then have lunch.<br><br>
After lunch we leave if we are going places. Sometimes we go to the play place at the mall, sometimes just to the store to walk around and get out of the house. Sometimes to the library, park (if it's not cold). We might start taking a sledding ride if it ever SNOWS already! Or we go on a walk, if I can bundle him up warm enough. We have music once a week, and grocery store once a week. Sometimes we go visit people in different cities, sometimes we have playgroup. But usually only once a week. We frequently have stuff planned every day of the week and don't do more than one big thing on a day.<br><br>
We try to be home by 3 so Toby can have quiet time. We are almost always home by 4. We just play in the living room, sometimes go watch a short movie, until 5:30. Then we get DH from work, go home and have dinner. After dinner, if we have been home all day that's when we'll go out to the mall or the library or wherever. If we are staying home we will read stories, I will let DH entertain Toby for a while. But my beastie does go to bed at 8, so that makes it easier. 10 seems awfully late for a bedtime, wow! I wasn't going to bed then till I was in middle school!<br><br>
Can't wait to read other responses, I love this kind of topic <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm in the same boat. DS wakes usually around 8 (although today he was up at 7:30). He also doesn't usually go to bed until around 10pm.<br><br>
I'm so worried that I'm not doing enough with him. Part of the issue is he likes to be on the go and hates sitting still. He will sit and "read" (most of the books he likes to just flip through, but not listen to me read them).
 

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My DD is a little older [she's a few months over 2] but here's our day:<br><br>
Our mornings are lazy. We make breakfast, clean up, and I let DD play independently while I do chores around the downstairs, or I just sit with my coffee. She loves to play with her dolls, and recently adores playing alone so I can do this for up to an hour if I want.<br><br>
Depending on the day, several things can happen. A few times a week I have a mothers helper come for a few hours so I can rest and write [I'm pregnant] so I will get DD dressed for that and they will read/go to the park/play. If she's not coming we may have an activity. Sometimes it's just errand running, which I try to make fun. Sometimes we go to our favorite diner for lunch, go to the park or a playdate, or trek into Manhattan for a museum or craft lesson.<br><br>
If we go out in the early afternoon, we are normally back in time for an afternoon rest. Normally DD falls asleep on the car because she will FIGHT to nap. We have quiet time and I let her watch a video, or we read books.<br><br>
The day is also filled in with crafts, outside play, etc. I think getting out is really important for the momma, and I think encouraging independent play is good too.
 

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Our day is pretty loosely structured but it more or less looks like this:<br>
We wake up at 7:30 or 8am, nurse and cuddle for a while, make breakfast, get dressed and teeth brushed etc. It usually takes about an hour.<br><br>
After we are ready for the day, I usually like to run a few errands - put a load of laundry in and sweep the floor, maybe. DS plays with his toys and follows me around to help. On days that we are going out I get a snack and some water ready to go.<br><br>
The am is when we usually go to things that will take a bit longer. One day a week we go to a play group, one day to the library. Other days we usually go to the park. If we are just going to the park, walk or running errands, I will have some kind of activity before we go or read a few books, whichever he feels like doing.<br><br>
We are usually out of the house or inside doing activities and having free play until 11 or 12, at which point I make lunch, we eat, and he goes down for his nap until 2pm or thereabouts.<br><br>
When he wakes up, he likes to cuddle for a while, then have a snack. After that we have about 2 hours to fill until DH gets home at 4:30-5. We often go for another quick walk in the afternoon (we are outside <span style="text-decoration:underline;">every</span> day, but sometimes not for long periods of time - weather dependent). We also do some planned activities, read books, some art, etc. I play with him but also let him do his own thing quite a lot while I drift in and out doing other stuff that needs to be done around the house. He will often help me with this - he loves pulling up a chair in the kitchen to bake muffins, watching while I fold laundry, or just pull his wheeled toys along while I wander around the house doing whatever.<br><br>
When DH gets home, I will go for a run or start making dinner while they play together. Then we eat, have a bath, pjs, brush teeth, read books, and nurse to sleep - he is in bed between 7:30 and 8pm. I think that I have it a bit lucky because he is such a good sleeper. After he goes to bed, I can relax but I also spend a bit of time to prepare things I need for the following day.<br>
You don't need a whole lot of activities every day - I usually just have 2-4, some that take some prep and others that don't. We usually do outside time, art, music, and activity like stringing beads or shape sorting every day.
 

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good thread...nice to see other people's toddlers are up til 10 pm too. just spent the week w/ ds's cousin who jumps into her bed at 6:30 pm! anyway...we usually go out in the mornings, we're really lucky to have an aquarium, zoo, kids museum and tons of parks very close to us. we belong to a playgroup that is always doing something. when we are home i have ds help with just about everything around the house (ok, he insists on helping, but he's actually starting to become helpful). he is playing more on his own these days, he really likes vehicles to drive around, and toys with doors or compartments. after nap time in the late afternoon we usually go outside for a while even if it is cold. sometimes we bake something or start some dinner. When DH comes home, I finish cooking while they play and "talk" about their day together. After dinner we read, run around, take a bath, who knows what else til about 9:45 at which point ds climbs up to nurse and falls asleep.
 

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This has been really really helpful. It IS really great to know that others have toddlers up until 10! Not my preference but the girl has a stubborn body clock. I think one of the big hurdles for us right now is that she's really not much into independent play. She'll maybe build with her megablocks or do something else for 5-10 minutes...but that's the exception. She always wants me (or someone - usually me) to be doing things with her. With a lovey who's up so late it makes it really hard to get things done around the house or just on my own (not to mention spending any time actually talking to my husband about something other than our beauty). The one thing that does engross her is a video or tv, so when I really need a half hour...I know...I'm a terrible mom. So maybe I just have to wait it out and keep encouraging her to play on her own a bit more as she matures? I'm going to order the Toddler's Busy Book. I also found this website - <a href="http://www.savvysource.com" target="_blank">www.savvysource.com</a> - (sorry, I don't know how to do a link) that has lots of activity suggestions as well. I'll keep looking around but welcome any other advice!
 

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Our day goes pretty much the same each weekday.<br>
I never thought I would want a schedule, but dd honestly needs one to feel good so there we are.<br>
In the AM we wake up and eat if she wants to, it can take her hours to eat breakfast. I let her watch a show or two on PBS, she usually bops around doing her own thing, drinking milk, playing with toys, asking me a million questions etc.<br>
Then we get ready for toddler time at the library which happens at different Libraries around town. I think it was designed to be a once a week thing, but again, dd really likes to do the same thing everyday so off we go to toddler time at somewhere different each day of the week.<br>
Then if it's nice outside we go to the park or for a long walk because I have got to tire that child out a little bit!<br>
Then it is home to eat lunch and read some books and then she goes down for a nap.<br>
When she gets up she is very lay and wants to do something relaxed like sit in my lap or lay on the floor and drink her bottle with her blanket.<br><br>
When DH gets home its anything goes.<br><br><br>
I like the suggestions of the blogs and look forward to looking through them for more home based activities as dd is getting a little hard to manage at the park.<br><br>
Am also looking into a few classes to add to the week as I think structured activities are really dd's speed.
 

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My DS is a little younger, 19 months. We've gotten into a good groove. He has a big sister, which adds a different dynamic, but she is at school most of the day.<br><br>
We get up around 7:00 am and eat breakfast/get dressed until 8:45 when it is time to take DD to school.<br><br>
After we drop her off at 9:00 am, DS and I take the dogs on a hike in the hills. That way, everyone gets some exercise. This usually lasts about an hour.<br><br>
At 10:00 we take the dogs home and go do something... maybe the children's museum or playground or library, grocery store, bank, etc... We haven't started any formal activities like music or tumbling, but I'll probably sign up for a class after the holidays.<br><br>
11:00-ish it's lunch time. After lunch, he plays with his trains and cars, I do a little house work, we do a little gardening or at least water the plants and futz around the house.<br><br>
12:30/1:00 it's nap.<br><br>
After he wakes we will often go for a walk in the stroller around the neighborhood.<br><br>
Then we get in the car, run another errand if need be and pick up DD at 4:30.<br><br>
Between 5pm and 8:30, we cook, play, take baths, read, hang out until it's time to go to sleep.
 

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I looked at chasing cheerios yesterday and went to the store last night and bought some supplies and had a really fun day today with dd.<br><br>
I took the sugestion of reading between 20-30 books and that was nice.<br>
We blew bubbles and played with playdoh. We colored with markers and spelled out names and words with magnetic letters on the fridge.<br>
I look forward to more interactive fun with dd, thanks a lot for he suggestion of that blog, I am not really a creative mom, but that blog had a lot of great, simple ideas!
 
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