Toddlers are active, unpredictable and curious. Between the age of zero and three, children go through serious development. They want a secure environment where they are given a chance to explore themselves and be independent. The Kids at this age also need constant supervision. This is why as a parent getting any work done seems next to impossible. You never know when they will have a tantrum about the smallest thing.
Here are some seven highly effective habits for moms of toddlers that can help you keep your sanity:
1) Plan a routine for your toddler
As mentioned before, toddlers need a nurturing environment to thrive emotionally and physically. A good routine provides stability and predictability. It also helps them develop self-discipline and independence. Make sure your toddler gets a well-rested nap after lunch. Never delay bedtime for any reason. Lack of sleep will cause your child to be cranky.
2) Plan your week ahead
Make a list of household chores, prioritizing them in order. Make sure you plan your week whilst keeping your child’s routine in mind. Consider planning your meals ahead. This will help you in grocery shopping and you will never find yourself without essential ingredients while cooking. Stock your fridge with some homemade frozen items in case guests drop by or if you simply need a break from cooking.
3) Be patient
There are days when you feel your child is purposely driving you up the wall. That is not your toddler’s fault. He or she still hasn’t learned to control their emotions. When your child is having a meltdown, talk to him or her softly. Ask them why they are upset. Showing the right concern will help your toddler manage his or her overwhelming emotions.
4) Breakdown your work goals
Whether you’re a stay home mom or working women, juggling responsibilities can be challenging. As an individual, you may have long terms goals that you want to achieve sometime in your life. This could be pursuing your Master’s degree, running a home-based business or working in a famous multinational firm. If these goals seem too intimidating with a toddler, break them into smaller goals and push yourself to achieve them. This will give you a sense of purpose for your life. Also, you’ll have something to look forward to when your kid’s down a for nap.
5) Take care of your health
A famous quote that regularly circulates on my Facebook feed is, “You can’t pour from an empty cup”. Make sure you eat healthy and filling foods that will help you keep up with your toddler’s high-energy. If you fall sick, don’t delay going to the doctor.
6) Don’t be afraid to ask for help
It is true that you are responsible for your child. But sometimes when the workload gets too much, you should ask your spouse to pitch in. Sometimes even talking to your friend about the rough day can help you relieve your stress.
7) Keep your home clutter-free
A clutter-free house is not only easy to manage but easy to clean. Being a minimalist means you will never lose your car keys again. Make a habit of giving away clothes, toys and household items that you haven’t used in a while. This will free up space in your cupboard. Also, regularly empty out the junk drawers.
Toddlers are sensitive creatures. As their parent, you are their greatest role model. No matter how complicated or crazy things might get, always remember to smile and be grateful for the little things in life.