Teaching you toddler

Loren - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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It is so hard to balance the time you have to spend with your child with the rest of your duties as a working mom. I want my daughter to learn, and play and get to enjoy mommy but it seems like there aren't enough hours in the day. I come home around 5:30 or 5:45 every evening and have to cook, clean, and get her bathed and ready for bed by 8pm. So where is the time? Weekends can be jam packed too, so what can I do?

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Can you prep some meals on Sat or Sunday to be ready to just be heated up for dinner throughout the week? Crock pot recipes also help. Then, you can spend some quality floor time with your child instead of worrying about cooking dinner.



Maybe you could also provide some kind of "job" for your child to do while you cook and talk at the same time...like sorting some colored pasta in cups or cutting an apple with a plastic knife. It's kind of like they're helping, using foods, etc. But you're also able to get your cooking done at the same time.

April - posted on 09/22/2009

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Prioritizing is hard but well worth it. Try to make meals that take 30 minutes or less. There are alot of healthy recipes out there. Do you have a bed time routine? If it's 8:00 then start at 7:30 with bath, drink, story and a tuck in routine. Sometimes just 30 minutes at night is okay. Kids like quality time, with the key word being quality. Are there chores you can delegate to another family member? Sometimes as a mom I tend to want to do everything myself. Or even get your child involved. Believe it or not my 3 and 7 year old help out with dinner, laundry, and even the vacuumning! If your child is old enough to take the toys out of the toy box then they are old enough to help clean up. I don't know if this helps without knowing the particulars but just find a more calming routine. Every once in awhile don't be afraid to say no. No to all the extra activities and just go to the park and play. Kids don't care what you do with them as long as you are there and engaged. Good luck!

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