Everyone is busy these days. Rushed lives filled with meetings, school activities, appointments, packing school lunches and doing homework. Allow yourself to take a moment each day and focus on stuff that really matters.
Jax is going on two, this August, so we are already in the terrible two phase! So often me and my husband are wondering why Jax has suddenly starting behaving like a little monster. He’s screaming, throwing himself on the floor, back chatting (yes he is already doing that), or simply ignoring us completely while going on his merry, destructive way. We will ask ourselves what happened to our sweet little angel, that smiling baby we used to hold in our laps with his sweet and peaceful little face. He still does that sometimes, but more often we are pulling our hair out trying to figure out where we went wrong.
Toddlers get frustrated easily, because we might not understand them or they sometimes don’t even understand themselves! So after you did the checklist of, “Is he hungry? Thirsty? tired?” What else can be causing this ugly little performance?
I’ve found that focusing solely on my almost-two-year-old for just thirty minutes makes him more content to play independently when I need to get something done. When your toddler gets the sense that you’re more interested in your smartphone than what they are doing, they very well may start throwing toys in an attempt to steal the show.
There’s nothing like some alone time with mommy or daddy to help a toddler feel secure and loved. With all the stress and busy schedules of our everyday lives, we find it hard to find time and energy to take a moment and spend some quality time with our kids. Simply taking an hour out of your day, putting away all smartphones and just trying to clear your mind and just focus on your child without thinking about what you still have to do and how your schedule is looking the next day. Instead of worrying about how many minutes you can spend with your children each day, focus on turning those minutes into memorable moments.
Giving your child your undivided attention reconnects us with them after the separations and struggles of everyday life, so they will be happier, content and more cooperative.
Being in the moment includes praising, repeating your child’s words, smiling and making eye contact, imitating, playing what your child wants to play, and really having fun together.
Just connect to your child with all your heart. Follow his lead. If he wants to play with his blocks, don’t rush in to tell him how to build the tower. Instead, watch with every bit of your attention. Occasionally, say what you see without interfering, like “You are building a high tower, let me see how high you can go.”
Avoid those temper tantrums and spend more time with your kids. Just take a moment and think about what really matters in life. We are shaping our kids personalities and the things we teach them and experiences they have, will last a lifetime!
Check out our Pinterest board here with some fun activities to do with your toddlers.
Ps: I’m no parenting expert. These are my personal views.
Thank you daddy (Hugo) for our pretty photos xoxo