Mothering Forum banner

1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
348 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi all: Just curious what your toddlers are doing while you're trying to HS your older children. I was thinking about putting on some educational video since putting out toys for my 1.5 y.o. to play with hasn't lasted longer than 10 minutes. She's still in the oral phase of wanting to eat playdoh and markers, so crafty things or even scribbling hasn't really worked out. What to do? Thanks in advance!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15,067 Posts
my 20 month old eats erasers... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
If it's an option, I'd recommend creating a safe room for the toddler-- a place where a baby can explore, climb, and eat things contentedly while you work with your older child.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,442 Posts
we have an eraser eater, too!<br><br>
My older kids are mostly self-sufficient. The only time my attention is drawn away is when I am checking their Math (ages 11 and 14).<br><br>
I have a 6 yr old also, and a 4 yr old who likes to follow along with the 6 yr old, so when I need to do something with 6 & 4 the older girls occupy the toddler if she isn't occupying herself. When I need to help the older girls with a project, it is the responsibility of the 6 & 4 yr old to keep her busy.<br><br>
I use educational (and not educational) TV, bubble baths, and food also.<br><br>
I guess the answer is really "whatever works today"<br><br>
naps help, too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
178 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>PumpkinSeeds</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/9888503"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Mine wreaks havoc.<br><br>
It's really a challenge some days.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
I could have written exactly that !! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,190 Posts
Mine quietly defeats my child-safety measures. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
We take advantage of nap-time, and do some bigger projects on weekends when dh can watch the toddler, or take the lead on the project.<br><br>
I often remind myself that he won't be this age for long, and next year will be easier.<br><br>
ZM
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,899 Posts
Mine isn't really a toddler anymore, but she's too young for "school."<br><br>
She draws a lot. She also likes the big knob puzzles. She tries to cut paper with child-scissors, she likes to look at books. She also likes to try to climb up my legs.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,777 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>PumpkinSeeds</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/9888503"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Mine wreaks havoc.<br><br>
It's really a challenge some days.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
Mine is 3 and I have a newborn. She's having a rough time -- madly in love with the baby, but doing lots of attention-getting things. I'm making an effort to sit down and do more playing and reading with her. Not just because I can tell she needs more mom time, but also because she hasn't had the same opportunity to learn to play on her own for a while that my older two have. I relied on TV a lot during this pregnancy (largely because we moved during it) and I can see the difference in dd's behaviour compared to the older two, who had far, far less screen time when they were her age.<br><br>
What is working for us is keeping more areas clean (like keeping the living room, where we do school stuff, tidy and uncluttered) and organizing the toys and keeping a big play area uncluttered in the basement. This makes it easier to take out one thing at a time and really focus on doing that with her. Then she is far more likely to play happily independently for a while so I can spend time helping an older kid with something.<br><br>
A mini-trampoline or mattress/bed you don't mind having jumped on is very helpful. Make use of naptime -- resist the temptation to spend that time madly catching up on housework! Have your older kid(s) build a fort or obstacle in your living room out of couch cushions, blankets, etc. and then let your toddler play in there while you're busy with the older kids. <a href="http://www.magicalchildhood.com" target="_blank">www.magicalchildhood.com</a> has lots of ideas for fun things to keep kids busy.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
971 Posts
It's really hard. When I'm up and in my groove, I can get the 2.5 yo drawing while I work with my older son or I can have the 6yo working at the table while I move between kitchen and playroom.<br><br>
I do most of our real table work on the weekends when my dh can take care of the toddler.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
348 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Thanks for the suggestions and for being so honest - I guess the basic idea is just to get thru, eh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I've been using dd's naptime lately but it's making me a bit tired for lack of personal time. We'll see how to balance things out. Best of luck to everyone!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top