no car what do u do all day?

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Zyclaarryy - posted on 11/12/2012

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just sit at home watch some tv and watch a good show or make gormet dish. make a salad or something like a smoothy or a healthy shake for yourself wile you doe something.you could excercise and do some sit ups push ups or even jumping jacks at home. one thin not to do is just sit and look bored thts what im not going to do today. so get up or wake up and do something.

Christy - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting Jessica:



Quoting Christy:

my daughter will be 17 months on New Year's Day and i have the same problem! i spend a lot of time in the living room with her playing with her toys and reading books to her but i also admit to putting Sesame Street DVDs or some of her favorite Disney movies on for her when i run out of things to do. it really sucks for me cause her daddy works 11-7 so he is only here to play with her for 1-2 hours in the morning and only 1/2 an hour or so at night. i try to have somewhat of a routine for her too, like having breakfast while daddy's still home, going up to her bedroom to play with some different toys, getting a bath, picking up her toys before taking a nap, etc. i try to take up as much time as i can feeding and bathing her so that our time seems to pass a bit more quickly. she is also getting a tad more independent and can be content to play with her toys by herself for an hour or so while i read a book on the couch or clean.

i do have to say that summer was much more entertaining and i often find myself thinking 'oh i can't wait till she can color or play games or something with me' but i'm sure i'll kick myself for those thoughts when she wants to play Candyland 50x a day like i did lol.





You can give her crayons now and blank paper. Be sure to watch that she doesn't eat them.....LOL my son had red teeth.





we actually just started doing that this week, before i even read your response lol. she does try to chew on them a bit and likes to see what i will do if i try to tell her not to, so i started telling her "fine, chew on them but it's gonna taste yucky (since they are non toxic and won't hurt her)". now she daringly licks them and says "yuck" and that's the end of it haha.



another tip for Jessica: i've found that my daughter likes to do toddler versions of whatever i'm doing. for instance if i'm wiping up the counters she enjoys sitting in her booster seat and "wiping up" the table with a wet cloth. she also likes to "help" me with the laundry. i get a 2nd basket out for her and have her put all of her clothes out of the big basket and put them in her basket. it helps keep her occupied while i fold my clothes and gets all of her clothes separated and ready to go into her room.

Michelle - posted on 12/29/2009

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I play with my sons toys more than he does hahaha, we are all in the same boat, bored.... Thats why im on here when my son is taking a nap!

Michelle - posted on 12/29/2009

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When I was car less I took my son and went exploring our neighborhood. When it was warm I used the stroller and when it was cold I used a front carrier and an over sized jacket. I found a local thrift store that was only a mile a away and started volunteering there a few days a week. I also met other moms and set up activities with them.

Lee - posted on 12/29/2009

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I don't drive bc of my Epilepsy. What I do since I don't drive is walk in my yard with our son when it's a nice cool day. Try to meet new mom's on here. I do live in Florida here. LOL. Like to text on my cell phone and on the net as well. I would like to meet other moms on here as well.

Nikki - posted on 12/29/2009

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Hi!! Its tough being at home ALL the time! I find simple recipes that Liam can help me with. One day we made chocolate covered pretzels. He was able to put the pretzels in the chocolate (after he bit into every single one of them :D). Another is to make trail mix. Let him put different healthy treats into a bowl and let him mix it up. Make a felt a board so your LO can place different felt shapes, animals on the board. Get a piece of heavy duty card board and glue felt to the board folding the edge to the back. Cut out smaller felt things using coloring books as a pattern. Play with flash cards or make your own with pictures you take yourself. Make homemade,edible playdoh. Finger paint. Have your own story time. Pick up all the toys, turn off radios/tvs, place a blanket on the floor. Pick out a book and a stuffed animal to go with the book and read it. Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun :D

Rebekah - posted on 12/29/2009

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This can be a challenge. Been there done that. If your community has bus system learn to use it. It will help get you places when it is too cold/hot. Embrace you stroller if you have a play area in walking sistance, otherwise get out and walk. Exercise and the happy endorphins do wonders for a SHAM's point of view.

I would also try to host a once a week play group with a few of your friends. You get grown ups your munchkin gets little people.

The biggest thing is giving your child a predictable routine that includes learning to help clean (a pain to you but so worth it later), play time alone, and playtime with you.

Hannah - posted on 12/29/2009

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Hi Christy!

I grew up with only one car in our home and was never bored as a child. :-) My mum had things for us to do, but we were also expected to play by ourselves. We could be in the same room that she was, but we did entertain ourselves a great deal. Some mothers might say that my mum was being a terrible mother. Looking back, I don't think so. I learned to read and use my imagination at a very young age.
So. . .now that I have a daughter of my own: I do things with her-play, read, sing, etc. A portion of the day, however, she plays by herself. She is very happy to do this-and I am happy because I can take a little time to do the things that I like to do-read, surf the internet, crosstich. I taught Heather how to play by herself from the time that she could play! I also make sure that she has a least twenty minutes of alone time (apart from naps) every day. Right now, this time is spent in her crib with six to ten toys. When she gets a little older, I will make "crib time" into "room time." This is great because it gives me time to catch a shower. (Course, I only have one kid right now! :-)
Anyway, sorry for the long response-make sure that you are making enough time to do the things that you like to do-as much as possible, of course. This will refresh you and make you a better mother and wife.

Jessica - posted on 12/28/2009

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Quoting Christy:

my daughter will be 17 months on New Year's Day and i have the same problem! i spend a lot of time in the living room with her playing with her toys and reading books to her but i also admit to putting Sesame Street DVDs or some of her favorite Disney movies on for her when i run out of things to do. it really sucks for me cause her daddy works 11-7 so he is only here to play with her for 1-2 hours in the morning and only 1/2 an hour or so at night. i try to have somewhat of a routine for her too, like having breakfast while daddy's still home, going up to her bedroom to play with some different toys, getting a bath, picking up her toys before taking a nap, etc. i try to take up as much time as i can feeding and bathing her so that our time seems to pass a bit more quickly. she is also getting a tad more independent and can be content to play with her toys by herself for an hour or so while i read a book on the couch or clean.

i do have to say that summer was much more entertaining and i often find myself thinking 'oh i can't wait till she can color or play games or something with me' but i'm sure i'll kick myself for those thoughts when she wants to play Candyland 50x a day like i did lol.


You can give her crayons now and blank paper. Be sure to watch that she doesn't eat them.....LOL my son had red teeth.

Jodi - posted on 12/27/2009

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I play/teach my daughter all day! I don't do any housework unless she's asleep. I really enjoy it actually! I started a great community called SAHM's are Teachers! It's for mom's to swap ideas of fun and educational activities to do with their children. Every week I post an activity to try...you should join!

Anyways, my daughter is 9 months and we read...aLOT, we also build blocks, dance and sing, do fingerplays, play with dolls etc.
Here's the link for my community if you (or anyone else!) wants to check it out and join!

http://www.circleofmoms.com/e_Y_11839?tr...

Christy - posted on 12/27/2009

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my daughter will be 17 months on New Year's Day and i have the same problem! i spend a lot of time in the living room with her playing with her toys and reading books to her but i also admit to putting Sesame Street DVDs or some of her favorite Disney movies on for her when i run out of things to do. it really sucks for me cause her daddy works 11-7 so he is only here to play with her for 1-2 hours in the morning and only 1/2 an hour or so at night. i try to have somewhat of a routine for her too, like having breakfast while daddy's still home, going up to her bedroom to play with some different toys, getting a bath, picking up her toys before taking a nap, etc. i try to take up as much time as i can feeding and bathing her so that our time seems to pass a bit more quickly. she is also getting a tad more independent and can be content to play with her toys by herself for an hour or so while i read a book on the couch or clean.

i do have to say that summer was much more entertaining and i often find myself thinking 'oh i can't wait till she can color or play games or something with me' but i'm sure i'll kick myself for those thoughts when she wants to play Candyland 50x a day like i did lol.

Jessie - posted on 12/27/2009

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Hubby Takes our only car to work, so My Daughter and I are stuck at home most of the time. We do have pretty good public transport here though, sometimes we take the bus down to attend a mums and bubs movie session at the mall. If it's sunny we play outside in the garden, I love my vege garden and my daughter loves playing with the trowel and her little watering can. She follows me around while I water and weed the garden. There's a park nearby, and she loves going there and going on the slide with mummy, or on the baby swing. If the weathers Bad, we listen to music, draw, play with toys, read books, or she follows me around while I clean the house, she loves yelling at the vacuum cleaner when its on. Occasionally we watch a DVD, when she's asleep I write stories, chat on FB, Paint, Bake, and do preserves, or continue working in the garden, to tell you the truth my life has never been so busy. Winter can be a bit of a bummer especially when it's horrible weather one day after another, But it's summer over here at the moment and there are never enough hours in the day. Find something you love doing and try and incorporate the little one into it, if they are old enough :)

Sabrina - posted on 12/27/2009

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I don't do much :( no friends yet living in houston, tx and my baby is only 3 months old. Can't take him outside it's too cold. It really sucks.

Brandi - posted on 12/27/2009

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I know the feeling. My husband takes our only car to work, so m-f I'm stuck indoors (it sucks) when it's warm enough I take my kids out in the yard to play, but I also watch a child while his mom works. he's not the best behaved and I'm not comfortable taking 3 kids (1 of whom isn't mine) anywhere by myself. So home it is. If it's just me and MY kids, I might consider a walk to the library (which is just down the street) or the park (which is just downtown) but usually we wait till daddy gets home and maybe i'll take one of the kids with me to the store or shopping or whatever while daddy watches the other OR i might take an hour by myself to regroup. Thank heavens we have the one car at least, but I would SOOOOOO love a second vehicle. And weekends, I try not to stay in all day, that really sucks.

Rachel - posted on 12/27/2009

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I sympathize with you Kimberley I live in a community that is all senior citizens and they have even made the comment that they feel bad for me being trapped with all the old folks =) our community is gated and has no sidewalks but we walk around I try to do about a mile aday mostly cause it takes up more time... we have no play grounds and kids aren't allowed in the community's pool unles they are potty trained to we end up reading a lot of books and playing with toys and cleaning the house... it is Very boring! I have looked into play groups but since my husband doesn't have the ability to carpool we are only able to do things on his days off and they change weekly. Thank you for the puppet stage idea Christina I am going to have to try something like that! Good luck ladies!

Christina - posted on 12/27/2009

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Well I have the car Tuesday through Saturday because my husband carpools which is nice. On the days I do not have the car we do all kinds of things. We are working on creating a stage area for the kids to put on puppet shows. I don't know how old your little ones are though. We clean, cook, do a ton of arts and crafts, watch movies, play board games and clean some more. I use that time to do things around the house. It is a different feeling now then when I did not have the car all the time. I do not feel trapped because it is only a couple of days a week..

Temeka - posted on 12/27/2009

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It depends on what type of weather you're having - where are you from??

BTW - love the Santa pic!! :-)

Kimberley - posted on 12/27/2009

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I no it is a total bore not having a car. We only have one car which my husband takes to work. I'm in an area that doesn't have good sidewalks but we walk when we can when the weather is good, not too hot, live in Florida. We play, build forts, clean, go outside to the backyard as much as possible. I try to get my 2 1/2 year old to help cook and he does help keep his 1 year old sister busy for me. Play groups are good to get involved with in your area. It's hard for me to find kids the same age in our area, as we live in a community made of predominatly senior citizens. Good luck with keeping busy.

Cori - posted on 12/27/2009

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i get so bored without my car.... me and baby go for walks (when its warm enough) and we have friends over and we play with lots and lots of toys. other than that, i try new recipes or clean. life is boring when you cant leave the house!! we just got snowed in for 2 days and talk about CABIN FEVER!

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