While we live in a world of convenience and “easy living”, our family has chosen a path where the motto is “if it’s not an option, we can’t choose it”. It may sound odd and it is definitely not for everyone, but the idea is one worth exploring. Instead of buying into a lot of claims about what is best for your family and your child, it’s important to find what works for the individual family, their beliefs, and their values. For us, environmentalism is a very important factor, so is quality time, safety, and living more closely with out roots. This all means we choose “inconvenient parenting” and make decisions that don’t necessarily make our lives easier, but they work for us and we have deemed them to be best for our children.
With growing, teething, and increased interest in food, toddlers eat a lot throughout the day. For me, this means my toddler snacks all day long and eats regular meals. The problem that I had was either she was always asking for the same food or I was not varying what I gave her… and by the end of the day I had no idea how much she had eaten or what! This made grocery shopping more difficult and I began to feel like the only 3 things in my daughter’s diet were strawberries, blackberries, and bunny crackers. Therefore, I had to devise a better plan since I knew she would be snacking throughout the day and that I wanted her to have well-rounded nutrition. Now with a major growth spurt in full swing, I also want to make sure I am feeding her body and brain to get balanced nutrients and vitamins.
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Getting toddlers involved in chores is important to help them feel like they are contributing and to encourage their natural desire for independence. From using Finish Quantum Dishwasher tabs to help them have more control in helping with dishes to giving them ways to mimic your own efforts to complete household chores, there are a number of simple changes you can make and easy ways to incorporate chores for young toddlers and keep them involved around the house!
So first, why start at 15 months? We started chores before this point, but typically most children are mobile and have a basic vocabulary by the time they hit 15 months. Therefore, this was an obvious place to start in terms of truly getting my daughter involved in daily tasks. If you find any of these chores to be too much for your child, ease into them. And if they master each one, find another area in your home where they can help!
Being so far behind in our tot school learning theme adventures, this was the perfect time to combine several learning themes. So for us, this week we explored fish, water, bodies of water, and the ocean! And what a fun time we had understand what sinking and floating meant, talking about types of fish, and exploring bodies of water.