Keep my 2 1/2 year old busy so I can get some things done around the house!

Jessica - posted on 11/04/2013 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I need some help[ here. I need and activity that my 2 1/2 year old daughter can do by herself when I need to do things around the house. She is always my walking shadow. If I am even just talking on the phone for 30 seconds she is upset that my focus was not 100% on her. I think if she has something to distract her while I do the laundry or empty the dishwasher I think it would be better for both of us. Help!!!!

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User - posted on 11/11/2013

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I feel ya, mines the same age and does the exact things. I usually do my chores in the mornings if I can, and if it is things he can not help me with like washing dishes or dusting up high, mopping, etc I give him his TV time. Now I make sure I do not take long because I dont like him to watch a lot of tv, but its a great way for him to sit still for 30 minutes and I have my space to get what I need done.
Since he does want to follow me all over, I have been limiting the time I play with him, I just try to give him a time of day that I tell him I can not play and he can go play in his playroom by himself. It has taken some time but its working. Im focusing on letting him have his independence so he does not always have to have someone to play with. I also use that time to get stuff done!

Jodi - posted on 11/10/2013

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Deepti - posted on 11/10/2013

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Give her a toy phone of her own. she will imitate you and talk over her phone. it will be a good attraction for you, and you can breathe relief for few moments.
you may also give a paper and color on which she can do whatever she likes and thereafter you can reward her for her "good work".
you may also give her some play dough to keep her occupied. all the best! here is one post that can help you too:

Ruta - posted on 11/10/2013

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Just try to involve her by saying u need her help because she's good at the chore I do that to my 20 month old boy and he feels important. ..he starts helping with handing over clothes to me for drying, without me telling him.

Jodi - posted on 11/07/2013

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Can she "help" you do the laundry and dishwasher, or other chores? You could certainly find ways to include her, and while it may slow you down a little, it is giving her some involvement.

Sarah - posted on 11/05/2013

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When I am doing laundry or emptying the dishwasher I have my 2 yr old help me. She loves it and I am able to get what needs to be done done. She helps me sort the laundry into the piles. When laundry is done she helps either by handing me the piece of laundry or tries to fold some herself. For the dishwasher she loves to help give me the dishes to put away. I take out any sharp knives that could hurt her first and then she helps with the rest. Even cleaning the house she helps with. I will give her a rag to clean with or she helps sweep a floor I have not gotten to. As far as the phone.....that is normal.....as she gets older it will get better, but that is every child when they hear the phone ring :)

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