Being the mom to a toddler is altogether exciting and exhausting! Unless my son is sleeping or strapped into his high chair, he is on the go, so I try to do as much as possible with him each day.
If I don’t have something for my son to do, he will find something that he is not supposed to do!
Read on to find out what we do all day!
1. We do chores together.
Of course, my toddler can’t really do chores by himself at only 2 years old, but he loves to “help” and is usually right beside me while I work. One of the first things my son does every morning is he pushes our laundry hamper from the bedroom to the laundry room because that is part of our morning routine.
If I forget about the laundry, he remembers! While I sort and throw in a load of laundry, he keeps himself busy by investigating everything in the laundry room until I’m done.
If I am sweeping, he likes to push his “broom” which is just the Swiffer Sweeper without a cloth on it. When I dust, he carries a clean rag and wipes it on the walls and floor.
He does do his own toddler chores too!
2. We read together.
I know several moms who follow a specific schedule with reading, and that works for them. I, however, don’t follow a scheduled reading time. My son will often hand me a book throughout the day and if I am able, I will sit down right then and read with him.
By the way, the library is a great way to expose toddlers to new books without having to buy new ones all the time.
Another way to keep toddlers excited about books is to rotate their books every few days. When I pull out a book that has been put up for a while, my son gets so excited to have a “new” book.
3. We walk around the neighborhood together.
One of my favorite ways to stay healthy is walking, and it is the perfect form of exercise as a mom. I buckle my son up in his stroller and away we go!
I love starting my day with exercise and being outdoors, and my little toddler enjoys going for the ride and seeing all of the dogs, squirrels, and cars in our neighborhood!
4. We eat meals together.
When my son was a baby, I would often use breakfast and lunch to catch up on YouTube videos or social media.
But now that he is a toddler, I don’t pull out electronic devices. Instead, we eat at the table together. He loves to “talk” to me while we eat. If you are looking for simple meal ideas to feed your toddler, I have an entire post of toddler friendly foods for every meal and what I feed my son.
5. We play outside 2-3 times a day.
If we don’t have anywhere to go, we often play in the backyard in the mornings. Then we go outside again after lunch and again in the evenings after I clean up from supper.
My son is so used to this routine that he will bring me my shoes and his shoes after I finish cleaning up the kitchen so that we can go outside!
While outside he plays on his Little Tikes castle slide* that is the perfect size for toddlers. Other times we will collect sticks and leaves in the yard, chase each other, and swing.
Sometimes I even get a little weeding done while he plays, although I do keep my eye on him at all times, so I don’t get a lot of weeding done at once. But that is okay!
6. We sit and play on the floor together.
Last January, I made the decision to get on the floor everyday and play with my son. He loves the personal attention. When I sit on the floor, we usually play with his Mega Bloks*, wooden blocks, or his cars.
Usually he likes to sit on my lap which I enjoy because he doesn’t want to sit still very long any other time. 😉
7. We watch TV.
Yes, I said it! My toddler watches television.
Of course, I wouldn’t put my son in front of a television all day long, but we have chosen to let him watch a little TV each day, and I don’t feel guilty about it anymore like I used to.
8. We listen to music and sing.
My husband has always been a huge music fan and has several friends who are in Southern Gospel groups. This means that there is almost always music being played in our home and thankfully our son enjoys it!
He likes to sing along with me when I sing songs and will often bust a move while we sing or listen to music.
9. We Count and Say Letters
My son is starting to recognize numbers and letters, and I figure it is never to early to start learning them. However, I don’t follow a strict schedule or curriculum. Instead I just incorporate counting and letters into our everyday activities.
We count toys when we are playing or sticks that we pick up when we are outside. I also spell words to him and he has fun repeating the letters as if it were a game!
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