Do you have lots of plans this summer with your toddler? Or do you just feel like you can’t do a whole lot so your plans are to sit around and watch Netflix? Sometimes it is hard to enjoy the things you want to do with the whole family when your toddler might have other plans in mind.
My almost 2-year-old is so independent. It’s hard to enjoy something as simple as catching some sun without having to worry about her running off.
But those are the type of things that come with motherhood and parenting. Although, it doesn’t have to be that way. You and your toddler can both enjoy summer together whether it is with you or without you.
Make the most of your summer with your toddler by hanging out in your own backyard.
Enjoy the summer with your toddler by going out to your backyard or even a friends house with a blowup swimming pool. You don’t have to be at a public pool to have fun this summer with your toddler. By being outside and getting some vitamin D in your own backyard, it’s just as fun. Plus, you wouldn’t have to worry about whether your toddler goes potty in the pool. And you can make it even more enjoyable by inviting company.
Go for a hike in the woods this summer with your toddler.
Go out for a hike in the woods even if it’s in your own backyard. My little girl loves going out for hikes. Once during a warmer winter day, we decided to go out for a hike because it was nice out. But then we got to our usual spot and it dropped 10 degrees in temperature.
We were only able to take a ten-minute walk. But when we had to turn back around, my daughter refused to get out of the hiking backpack. I felt so bad, but now that the days are warmer, she smiles each time we go out for a walk on the trail.
Exploring the outdoors is great for toddlers. They get to experience the beauty of nature and discover something new each time.
Just the other day, my daughter and I went out on the trail for a walk. I put her in the stroller and she was having a blast while I was able to get exercise. Once we got far enough onto the trail, I took her out and she walked around, played in the creek, and the dirt.
It was nice to get out for a couple hours and she even got to see a couple ducks up close for the first time. The good thing about getting some fresh air is that it wears them out by the end of the day. There is no more laying down for two hours just to try and get them tired for bed.
Make the most of your summer by going out more on your own.
This summer I will be making sure that I get out more on my own. Sometimes you just need to go out and catch up with your friends. Even though you might have the mom guilt, it’s important to be able to spend some time away from your child.
So this summer, I am making it a point to get out more. My summer bucket list will include catching up with friends, attending huge flea market events, and kayaking.
The best feeling that you get out of this is when you come home and receive a big huge hug from your child. Nothing beats that moment when you know they’ve missed you!
So make the most of your summer whether it’s with your toddler or on your own. No one should have to cancel their plans because of the hassles that come with being out of the house.
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