I have friends who ask me all the time how I structure the day for my kids as a SAHM and what sort of things I do with them every day. Having one toddler and one baby, I have found that having some sort of routine/schedule/structure works best for us as a family. A lot of people throw schedules out of the window and live by the whole “come what may” philosophy, but that mindset doesn’t work well for us. My kids function better when they have a routine than when they do not. In fact, most holidays end in some sort of tantrum because the kids are not on their normal routine. When they don’t get their naps at a certain time, they are miserable. So, here are a few toddler activities tat I do with my kids every day to keep some sort of structure in place.
Read to them. Babies are never too young to love to read. My babies would stare at books nearly from the time I brought them home from the hospital. All the shapes are so interesting and once they develop their color sight, they can’t get enough of the bright colors. My ten month old loves for me to read to her and my 2 year old would have me read him books all day long if I let him. He loves to read and I want him to develop a healthy imagination.
Books we love to read:
Go over their ABCs, Colors and Numbers. We taught my son his colors at a very young age using his legos! He is very into fixing things and building or putting things together. Typical male, right? Because he loved his legos so much at around a year, I began using them to teach him his colors and he related much better to them than he did his books we were using before. He learned them very quickly and in no time was running up to me telling me which color was which.
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