Just became a stay at home mom, need some ideas please.

Christina - posted on 05/07/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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I have a two year old son and i was just needing some ideas on fun things to do with him. we go on walks read books go to the park do arts and crafts but i'm running out of thing to do with him.
any advice would be wonderful thank you
chrissy

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Holly - posted on 05/12/2010

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i think this age is perfect for introducing letters, numbers, and similarities.
if you go to mothergoosetime.com you can get ideas, or just google preschool curriculum and get him started early! they have a lot of ideas for crafts, each week do a different letter and learn about that letter, each month do a different theme. teach him about today, yesterday, and tomorrow. teach him about the weather. tell him what day of the week it is every day and just basic stuff like that.

ANIA - posted on 05/15/2010

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I also just became a SaHM... After working two jobs I hated to leave my 2 year old in daycare all day and not see her till next morning... Now our schedule is very similar every day. We go to the park after breakfast for about an hour...( 2 year old have short attention span) Come home for snack and juice, play a little with favorite toys, dance, draw or play with clay... Lunch, clean up after lunch... Nap time usually about 2 hrs or so... by than its 4pm...we watch a little TV (it takes her a while to wake up fully from nap) than a snack... learn a little abc, 123, colors, shapes, animals and sounds (i switch it all around) by than daddy is home and I make dinner while daddy plays with little one... I think my girl enjoys the schedule. She has less of temper tantrums when she knows what will come... Some kids like to change things around, mine doesn't and even though it gets a little boring for me, she is having fun. But if your boy enjoys meeting new people check in local library, a lot of them have story time, we went to few of them. They make things real fun with music and toys and games not just reading. You can find other moms in area and set up play dates. Good luck and enjoy your time with your son...I know it might be a little frustrating for you after working. April is right, it is a tough job but it is up to you if you make it tougher... just keep having fun and you will get used to it and learn to love every second spent with your child no matter how boring it might get.

Nicole - posted on 05/13/2010

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ok I am a teacher and was a stay at home mom for about 15mths. My daughter is now two and I can tell you what I think I would do so it wouldn't get too boring, but I do think it is so wonderful you are able to stay home(I'm Jealous). Ok I would set a schedule not only for your sons education but also your sanity. I would do like some of the other moms suggested below, join in on the free library/borders/barnes and nobles book readings. I would set up cooking days, drawing time, free time, meeting the neighbors or good deed days, walking/park time, grocery shopping help time( this is where my daughter loves throwing things I pick off the shelve and she gets to junk it into the cart or carefully help me load it onto the line( which this takes about two times the amount it would take me but it is learning time). I also let her help me water plants, take her shoes to her closet when we get home, help me fold(really make a mess of the clean clothes, she has a blast). I would also suggest music/dance time at least three times a week. Chores such as sweeping(she loves doing this even though she doesn't really clean it is so sweet seeing her try). I would also suggest as the teacher in me educational time, numbers reading colors, naming objects....this is very important.

I hope this helps and gives you some more ideas... good luck :)

Cyndel - posted on 05/11/2010

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Let him help you with chores around the house. Such as when I was dishes my son stands on a chair and 'helps' me rinse them. He also helps me go around the house and look for them, putting them in the sink for me when we find strays. He helps me with laundry, taking clothes out of the dryer and putting them in the basket, putting wet clothes I hand him into the dryer, dumping the soap etc. into the washer, hands me clothes as I fold. He picks up his toys and shoes. Puts pieces of paper in the trash for me, and runs from the vacuum. Be creative on letting him help with chores, they take a little longer but he is constantly learning. This could also be done in the yard have him pick up fallen branches and pile them or get him a childs rake and teach him how to rake so he will be a pro by the time leaves start falling. If you have animals have him help you feed them, let him put up the books you read and the non-messy part of the crafts when your done. it takes up a few more minutes and he is learning to clean up after himself and to help the people around him.
Hope this helps.

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Tina - posted on 06/17/2011

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In addition to the library and other ideas mentioned, the YMCA and local parks (zoos, museums, etc) have day camps for parent/tot that can be reasonably priced. There are kid friendly recipes for cooking together. Let him help with a daily "chore". Nick Jr has a good website with lesson plans to go along with their popular shows. Allowing time for independent play is necessary, too. My son (3 in Mar) learned to read using www.starfall.com. The biggest thing is to enjoy each other. It is about the journey, not the destination.

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Check yourvlocal library!! My kids go to a summer reading series every thursday and its free. They have so much fun! We do a different theme each week and check out books related to it on mondays. We also do different "stations" in each room of the house. Art station book station exercise station etc..congrats!

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Check yourvlocal library!! My kids go to a summer reading series every thursday and its free. They have so much fun! We do a different theme each week and check out books related to it on mondays. We also do different "stations" in each room of the house. Art station book station exercise station etc..congrats!

Dena - posted on 05/15/2010

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starfall.com is a wonderful reading website that you can do interactively with him to get him ready for Kindergarten. I am a Kindergarten teacher and I send all my students and future students to that website to ensure their support in reading! My 2 1/2 year old son actually works the mouse himself now and loves it!! I also recommend going to museums and libraries. They usually have some kinds of programs for tots that are great for stay at home moms to connect and support their child's learning.

Emily - posted on 05/15/2010

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I've got two and half year old twin girls. Here are some of the activities we do: reading books, watching movies, playing music (just give them some instruments and let them go at it), having a dance party (putting on music and just moving), coloring (in color books with crayons), drawing (on paper), painting (using water colors and letting them paint on paper, in a book or on their bodies-it washes off easily!), they help me with cooking by washing veggies or washing a dish or two. We play with play dough or blocks or train sets; We do puzzles or games, or I just let them have some free time.



Outside we go for a walk through the neighborhood or head to some hiking trails (we can't really hike far but we can "hike" for a least 40 min, 20 minutes in and 20 minutes out) We take the dog to the dog park or we just head to the playground. We also may hang in the yard where they can play on their own or ride their bikes, blow bubbles, draw with sidewalk chalk (really fun!) or I'll let them just dig in the dirt by giving them a shovel and a bucket of water. (or just a bucket of water) If you like to garden, getting them involved in "helping" is fun too. They love looking for bugs and worms. Playing or teaching them how to throw, catch and kick a ball... also fun.



There are so many things you can do at this age. The question is what do you enjoy and have the energy for?



Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 05/15/2010

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There's nothing wrong with repeating activities. Things like practicing coloring in the lines and cutting (if he's ready) are great preparation for preschool! That's what they spend the majority of their time working on. It's never too early to start and every parent wants their child to succeed in school. You could also make homemade treats and let him help. Rice crispies treats (you can even use fruity pebbles for an extra sweet treat) and homemade cookies are fun. He will enjoy helping you and reaping the benefits too! Hope this helps!

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My daughter is 2. We watch disney and read. A couple days out of the week we go swimming(in the summer of course) in her kiddie pool. She helps me with the chores and we just hang out. You don't always have to have a schedule..filling in the blanks is always fun to. There's days where I just leave the day open and she fills it up with all kinds of things to do. She'll bring me her books we'll read, we'll grab a couple pillows and a blanket and curl up and watch tv. We'll color in her books. We'll go for a walk around the apartment complex..me pulling her in her wagon. We'll take the dog for a walk. I mean it's nice to have a schedule but leave it open sometimes..the child will enjoy thinking up things to do. I also agree that repition is good 3 or 4 days out of the week do the same things and have a couple days where it changes a little bit or even have a day where the child lets you know what they want to do. Welcome to SAHM and enjoy:)

Lisa - posted on 05/14/2010

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Great suggestions by the other Mom's! And a big Congratulations on becoming a SAHM! Definitely the hardest job on earth!! I'm home with my 3 yr old and a 14 mth old. We do weekly Storyhour at the library... go the playground/park weekly... Music Together class once a week... and I let them help me with all chores: cleaning, cooking, laundry, etc. I agree with some of the mom's about being okay to just let your child play. It's hard to do sometimes, because we feel guilty! But with my first I was his non-stop entertainment and now with my 2nd, I'm much more laid back and I can tell it has helped!! My 2nd can play by herself and entertain herself! Best wishes to you and your family!

Zara - posted on 05/14/2010

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Congrats on becoming a SAHM! I'm so blessed to be able to stay home with my kids. I wouldn't have it any other way!! My son loves to paint so someone gave me the idea to take him out and let him paint rocks! I haven't go to try it yet because it has rained everyday since I got that idea. But I know my son will love it and probably my daughter too. We love to use sidewalk chalk, look for bugs, go on walks, make cards for people just because, we made a tambourine the other day out of paper plates, we read bible stories and do games with it and my son loves to build forts in the front room. Its more like he loves to take everything out of his room and put it in the front room! Good luck and have fun!!

Zara Nichols
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www.4AHappyLife.com

Jen - posted on 05/14/2010

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i've found my 2 year old's favorite time is when we let her help with OUR projects - fixing the door, folding laundry, cooking, washing dishes. so give yourself the time to do your chores, along with your son. that's a big stress relief to me to not just be "playing" all day long while the work piles up.

also, do any free events in your town on a routinely basis: library story time, free swim time, playgroups, etc.

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I think all of the ideas that people have given above are great! It's funny because I was just having this discussion with my mom today. I am the one who needs to get out of the house and do something different each day...but my daughter seems content just going on walks to the park behind our house and playing at the park. I think that we project our own boredom on our kids, which in turn teaches them sometimes that they sholud be bored. It's hard though!!! I am bored sometimes!! :)



She did say that experts find that kids have trouble entertaining themselves these days because they've become so used to be entertained by others/t.v./video games/ etc. (We're all educators in our family). :)

Tina - posted on 05/13/2010

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www.starfall.com is an excellent site for pre-readers. nickjr does activities along with their shows for those rainy days. You may check a local teachers' store for other activities. I have seen "365 activities to do with kids" in books, calendars, etc.

R. - posted on 05/13/2010

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You may want to find out if other children in your neighborhood, may want to have play dates with your child, I found this helpful when I took some time away from work. Gook luck.

Heather - posted on 05/13/2010

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The Library! Most local libraries have story hour or something similar. They also have loads of activities year-round. Swimming classes and physical activities are great also. I'm also a new sahm and I'm loving it!!!! My son (21 months) and I walk 3 days a week and we go right by the fire station and police station. If they have the doors open, they will let him get in the trucks and play around. The policemen even let him turn on the sirens. He loves it! Community is a great place to start and you'd be surprised how much it will strengthen your relationship. :)

Clara - posted on 05/13/2010

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I work mornings only, so I am home with my daughter in the afternoons.



The best advise I ever got - Get out of her way !!!



http://www.naomialdort.com/articles3.htm...



I just go with the natural flow of every day, I relax and know that she is developing and learning like she is supposed to, I sit on the grass outside and just watch her, I dont try and direct her play, or keep her entertained, I am just there. That`s enough.



I also tried to take her to play groups to socialize, but soon realized that I was doing it to fill up time, cause I was bored. There is nothing wrong with play groups, dont get me wrong, but we both feel better in our own environment. She does have her whole life to socialize, for now it is simple,I just let her play.



Her favorite thing at the moment is stones, and thats ok with me. I walk with her and let her pick them up.



Read the link, you will be surprised how simple it actually is. I was also feeling a little frustrated, but we tend to project our boredom & frustration unto them....



If you go to any daycare center, you will see that they let them have undirected play 90% of the time.

Paula - posted on 05/12/2010

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for being a first time stay at home mom sounds to me like your doing great.The other mom's all have great ideas as well.Exploring,helping with house chores,playgroups,inside playgrounds.Something my son and i do is point out objects,sounds, or letters and numbers when we're out on our walks.He loves it and it makes a ordinary walk a new adventure every day.Have fun and enjoy this time.It goes quickly.

LATESHIA - posted on 05/12/2010

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TAKE HIM TO A INDOOR PARK THEY LOVE THEM, SKATING, SWIMMING, SHOPPING, WHEN YOU GO SHOPPING FOR YOURSELF TAKE HIM ALONG AND ASK HIM HOW DOES THE STUFF YOUR PICKING OUT LOOK

Dana - posted on 05/12/2010

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Most public libraries have story time and just keep your weeks kind of structured. Mondays are park days, Tuesdays are story time, Wednesdays are gardening days. That's what I do at least and once this semester for school is over for me I think I might start doing themed weeks for us because it does get repetitive sometimes.

Diane - posted on 05/11/2010

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my son is 2 and he loves watching movies, playing with play-do, and playing with his potato head.

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Just relax. My daughter will be two tomorrow. She spends time each day playing alone. The free play leads to creativity. I'm not saying just let him run around all day and not do anything. But it's good for them to play alone. So don't stress about having an activity planned everyday.

Also, kids love repetition. So he may be content with walking to the park everyday or doing the same craft everyday. It's okay to do the same things over and over if you are having a creativity block. He won't care!

Also, I would look into programs at your library or toddler classes. Our library has story time for walkers through pre-k once a week. My daughter and I also attend a Music Together class once a week and we both LOVE it!

http://www.musictogether.com/Home

I have a friend that takes her son to Gymboree. I haven't been so I don't have an opinion, but they like it.

http://www.gymboreeclasses.com/index.jsp

Kathleen - posted on 05/10/2010

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we have a play group in our area, it happens 2x a day, m-f. it helps my son socialize and it gets me out of hte house for a little while

Kristen - posted on 05/09/2010

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Yay! Welcome to the club :) We also have a couple shows that we watch most days. We're fans of Disney and my son fell in love with the Imagination Movers. He's only 20 months, os the story isn't so interesting, but he LOVES their music and there's lots of it. Also, some cities/counties have a playgroup that he may be able to go to and its often times free. Some bigger toys that he can ride in may also be a fun thing. My son has a CozyCoupe that he loves riding around in and a bubble mower that goes everywhere with him when he's in the yard.

Heather - posted on 05/08/2010

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My son and I go outside and search for pinecones; touch trees; name plants; look at ants and other creepy crawlies. Sometimes we watch birds (a birdfeeeder outside their window can be awesome.) When we go over railroad tracks we lift our arms and shout "whoo-hoo." Sometimes we dance, sing and play hide and seek (which consists of me hiding behind my hands.)
Just some little ideas.

Kathy - posted on 05/08/2010

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check out your local community for play groups or programs. swimming classes are always fun. maybe your local library will have story time and other activities etc

April - posted on 05/08/2010

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first I would like to congrat you on becoming a sahm in my experiance it is the hardest job out there lol. I have worked and stayed home staying home is harder for me lol. but I love every minute being with my daughter. How we get through the long days is by making a schedule of our day. I even let her help me make the menu for the week. We go to the park on tuesdays from 9am till 11 am then when we get home we have lunch and nap time . Then we have art and crafts and reading. On the days we dont go to the park I make up different things to do every week like building a fort, we write songs, color big murals , paint I know this may not help very much but it works for us good luck and congrats again

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