Momof1 - posted on 04/27/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )
Hi moms (and dads). I know I've asked this question plenty of times in the past, so please bear with me. I stay at home with my son during the week and I just don't know what to do to fill those hours up until Daddy comes home and bedtime. Now that it is nice outside we basically spend all day outside (in our neighborhood). We just walk around or play ball in the yard. I'm trying to teach him how to "chalk" but all he does is either eat it or put them in there case, take them out and so on. While we go on walks, I will point out some things to him, but should I keep up a conversation? Because I feel I don't talk to him a lot while we are walking. Or if we are indoors, what should we do? Besides trying to get him to color and not eat the crayons, I'm not sure. He plays very well by himself (and I know that is a good thing) but I want to play with him/help him learn. He doesn't really pay attention when I'm trying to tell or show him things. Like when I hand him his colored toys, I'll tell him the color but he doesn't really care, he just grabs it. I don't know if I should sit with him and just randomly start saying numbers. When we walk, sometimes I'll say the ABC's to him. He likes to play with his shapes toys, but he'll try to put them in the wrong shape and even when I tell him and point to the right shape he won't do it, he'll just get mad. Unfortunately going to a Gymboree or another type class is not in our budget. There are two parks around here and yes parks are a great place to take him, but again, I feel like if he is running around playing, he's not really learning. Or when he eats breakfast and lunch, I'll usually either read or do the dishes. Could I be doing something more interactive during those times. I don't want you all to think I'm a lazy mother. I'm constantly running around with him, except those times he plays by himself. I know kids learn from playing, but I just feel like I should be doing more with him and not really sure what/how long. I do read to him, but he only has 3 books he'll actually sit and listen to. From the time he wakes up until the time my husband comes home, we have about 10 hours together. How much time should be spent playing/teaching him things? And how should I go about that? Is it bad if we are outside almost all day, just walking around?
Thanks so much in advance.