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How to live with a toddler

This will come as no surprise to anyone, parents or not: toddlers have an inordinate amount of energy. I am sheltered from this during the week. On a ‘school’ morning, while he eats breakfast, I get ready for work; while he watches the iPad, I get him dressed. And then it’s off to school. Duncan has daddy duty 3 out of 5 nights, and the other 2 he’s there to help me. And evenings go by quick – dinner, small play, get ready for bed, stories, bed.

But the weekends. What did we do with our weekends pre-H? We must have had so much time. Now? The goal is to come up with activities that use maximum energy (for him), while using minimum energy ourselves.

Hide and seek is a good one. He hasn’t quite grasped the concept. He always wants us to seek (which you would think would go against the above rule, but just wait). Seeking involves, counting to 10, doing a vague attempt at looking confused as to where he is, and then turning your head towards the giggles. He doesn’t seem to mind that you ‘find’ him so easily. He’s happy to hide in the same spot again and again.

The more weekends pass, the more tricks we are learning, but I’m still exhausted come 9.

Hamish and Papa hiding

13 Responses to “How to live with a toddler”

  1. jess @ fushmush
    November 17th, 2012 21:07

    I have to leave the house everyday in the morning session. Otherwise Evie goes stir crazy in our small apartment. On the weekends I have to invent errands so we have a reason to leave! I’m always asking Andrew if he needs stuff from Bunnings.

  2. Mom
    November 18th, 2012 05:58

    Cute Sarah! Loved this entry and enjoy the pic of Papa and Hamish in the hold on the boat. Perhaps Hamish needs a further distraction – a sibling maybe???? heheheheh

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