August 19th, 2016, 04:57 PM
Thank you so much for your help!
Do you have any tips for occupying a toddler without screens? I'm needing tips for right now and the future if my husband and I become pregnant again. (Ex: What if I needed to nap during pregnancy or with the newborn?) My toddler, 28 month old, is one that is pretty attached to me, wanting my attention a lot.
I do not let her watch screens except for very very special treats, occasionally for no more than 15 to 30 minutes at a time. I do this because I notice her behavior seems worse later on in the day after watching screens, phones, tablets, TV, etc. I also love to watch her learn and use her imagination. I don't mind her being bored! I also want to foster a love of reading, learning, etc. over the longhaul.
I am sitting here just exhausted not even knowing where to start with dishes, laundry, toys spread about, bills to pay, and shopping lists to make, because today got off track a handful of times, because she needed me, which is fine. But i can't help thinking, "Would TV have helped me occupy her today, so I'm not up way after her bedtime working and me not getting rest at night???" This has happened so many nights this week where I'm up later too.
I do not want to foster a habit and dependency on TV, now or if she has a sibling. So, what do other moms do? I don't have much help at all, husband works nights, family not much help, and her attention span is short for any one activity.