Parenting a toddler can be a challenge. They are so busy and curious, and they are non-stop. Managing a toddler’s day is downright exhausting since it takes a lot of energy to make sure they don’t into unsafe things. But there’s an easier way. Here’s how to embrace that curious nature and say yes to your toddler.
1. Create a Yes Space
Create areas in your home that are safe for your toddler and curiosity-friendly. Use baby gates or other barriers to manage the space. This allows for designated areas in your home to be a yes space. Provide an area that has cabinet doors to open, which is especially fun. It doesn’t have to be in your kitchen.
It may be a piece of furniture that has a door for storage. Place fun things in the cabinet for your little one to find. Let them pull it all out and explore. Be sure to child-proof the room, including anchoring items that may fall.
2. Let Your Toddler Get Dirty
Dirt is good because playing in it brings so much fun to a toddler. Provide fun toys for them to dredge through the earth. For even more fun, allow your toddler to add water to dirt. Mud is a whole new sensory experience for them. You can invest in a sandbox and create the same fun in a controlled environment, but make sure the sand stays clean.
3. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Toddlers are wired to run and play, so let them. Give your little one plenty of time to do what they do best, which is to explore, make noise, touch things, and soak in new experiences. They are going to play their way, so resist managing it for them.
Your toddler is going to get dirty, but that’s what baths are for, after all. So, make their days fun. Soak in the time you spend with your little one while they soak off the dirt in the tub.
Before you know it, your toddler will no longer be so little. It’s hard to imagine when you’re in the midst of the craziness, but you will miss your little one being so little. Embrace everything they are and say yes.