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    Default Toddler Tips for New Beginnings Magazine

    Hi- I'm new to the forums but have been a LLL member for several years. I have a almost 4 yr old and a 14 month old. I also edit the Toddler Tips Column for the New Beginnings magazine.

    I am looking for responses for the following scenario: As my son is napping less I find myself getting less down time during the day. What do others do to recharge and stay patient, loving and energetic?

    Thanks for you help!

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    Default Re: Toddler Tips for New Beginnings Maga

    I try to eat a good diet, get a decent amount of sleep (whatever I can get at this point!), and get enough exercise a week, usually by getting outside, taking my girl for a walk with her in her stroller, or to the park, or dancing for 20 minutes together! I rely on my partner to watch her for at least 20 minutes a day in the evenings so I can have some down time to do things like read a magazine, drink some hot tea, or take a quiet bath or shower. I stick to a basic routine for my toddler so I can expect certain things of the day and so she does not get too cranky, such as naptime at around the same time, bed time at around the same time, lots of snacks etc. After my toddler goes to bed, I try to take at least half an hour to do something that I would consider leisure time for myself (not cleaning or picking up) such as reading or watching tv, or crafting. Lastly, I try to go out on an outing at least once a day with my toddler, to see other adults and get out of the house, to keep her entertained and use some of her energy up. If I can't do all of these things in one day, I try to get them done at least a few times a week, and I find that all of them combined keep me patient, loving and energetic.
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    Default Re: Toddler Tips for New Beginnings Maga

    My four (7 years to 9 months) children have all given up naps very early, way before I was ready for them to stop napping! I set my toddlers up with something they can do on their own, such as blocks or cars, and let them play and imagine, while I might sit down nearby, where I can keep an eye on the situation, and read a book, work on the computer or sew. I encourage independent play very early, even as babies, so my children are able to entertain themselves for short periods of time as toddlers, which gives me a few moments here and there where I am able to have a bit of downtime throughout the day. While it is not realistic to expect hours of independent play at this age and do need some supervision, toddlers certainly can play by themselves for a few minutes so you can have a little time to yourself, and it is beneficial for their imagination.
    Susan
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    Default Re: Toddler Tips for New Beginnings Maga

    Thank you for the great responses! I would love to use these in the upcoming column. Normally the responses include a first name and location. Please pm me how you would like to be credited.

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