No matter where you live there is bound to be an occasion for bad weather. Sure, a rainy or snow day here or there is fine, but we are talking about the kind of bad weather that has you stuck inside long enough to experience your toddler's finest display of poor behavior and/or neediness (the clinging...the whining...*sigh*). These are not the easiest parenting moments and often the adults are just as frustrated to be stuck indoors as the energetic toddlers.
In these instances it is important to remind ourselves that unstructured time is a good thing for children. Unstructured play allows children to explore their creative and imaginative skills. Activities such as building a fort out of cushions/pillows, creating a "secret" hideaway under the dining table, or writing a song all encourage freedom of expression through play.
We should also keep in mind that everyone (including toddlers) have the right to a bad day. While all important house rules must still apply, it is okay to relax some rules (e.g. hold snack on the playroom floor as an indoor picnic) to create a little novelty and diminish unnecessary arguments that are likely to arise.
Finally, weathering the storm can become a little easier if you take a moment to breath and channel your own inner toddler. Here are a few other helpful survival strategies for tackling longer than usual amounts of indoor time:
We hope these ideas spark a little extra energy when you need it most! Help us by sharing your favorite indoor activity or tricks for surviving those extended periods at home.
ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families as an educational consultant and parenting coach.
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