what to do with an active two yr old boy
Miriam - posted on 09/20/2014
Ok thanks. I have a 18 yr old daughter in college and they r 16 yrs apart. I totally forgot what to do with little ones. Im not the same kind of mom I was back then. I work 40 plus hrs. I want the time we do get, to be quality. Im also needing to find ways to boost my energy so I can keep up and not be a grouchy mom
Ev - posted on 09/20/2014
Chet MC is right on this. At 2 years old a lot of those activities you want to do are also very oriented in listening to an instructor and following his or her lead on learning those movements to do the actual activity. Most 2 year old children have a short attention span and are moving from one thing to another. They need that safe place to run and play so get rid of the energy. Also watch the kinds of snacks you give your child too. Extra sugar can cause some kids to become more bouncy than if they did not have it. Find that park or place he can play a lot. Just start looking through the web site that is about your area and see if there are suggested places to go for families with young children.
Chet - posted on 09/20/2014
Your son is very young for things like kick boxing. I've never seen classes for children under the age 5. You might find some family classes for martial arts that take younger kids and parents together, but even then, 2 is really young. You can always call around though and see what kick boxing or rock climbing gyms in your area have available. All you can do is ask if you have a specific activities in mind that you'd like to start you son with.
Usually though, when kids are two, they burn off the most energy doing unstructured activities - general walking, running, jumping, climbing on equipment at the playgroup, etc. Even parent and tot swim classes tend to be a lot of games and not a huge amount of specific instruction. For toddlers with a lot of energy the best thing is usually to just find safe place where they can be as active as they want / need to be.
Sometimes gymnastics gyms will have a toddler program. I know you said kick boxing, but I'm just trying to suggest things that I know often have stuff for kids starting at 18 or 24 months in case you have to settle for something else!
You could also look at places that rent bouncer castles. Sometimes they inflate a bunch of their bouncers in a warehouse somewhere and charge a couple dollars for moms and toddlers to get in during the day on week days (when nobody rents bounce houses).
Or you could look at indoor play centres. A lot offer memberships.
Chet - posted on 09/20/2014
Go walks, to a playground or to the park. Bring a friend so you have someone to chat with.
Look up playgroups in your area. Playgroups are as much for moms to get together as they are for kids to have fun.
If you enjoy things like swimming or yoga you could look for mom and tot classes.
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