My toddler is so curious. She wants to know how everything works and that’s great. The only downside, is that as soon as I step into the kitchen, she comes running in pointing to all of the devices: the microwave, the washing machine, the kettle, the fridge and shouts ‘dadadadada’ all excited, then clambers to be picked up so that she can watch whatever incredibly interesting (to her) thing I’m going to do next.
Now; I have mastered the art of making a cup of tea one armed with Evie clung to me excitedly pointing. But it isn’t easy draining out the tea bag, I don’t like carrying a hot cup with her in my arms and sometimes it’s just nice to have a few minutes peace to drink it while it’s still warm.
Here are 10 ways to distract a toddler so you can make a cup of tea. I am guilty to say I have used all of these.
1. Throw a ball. Shout ‘look here’s your ball!’ and throw it in the opposite direction of the kettle. Yes I know my child isn’t a dog. Her dad has told me off for doing this. But she does love her ball and she does love chasing it. It’s a win/win!
2. Pretend your a ninja. Attempt to master the art of sneaking out of the room without her noticing. My 1st attempt at this was successful. My 2nd attempt I forgot to push the door too. She heard the kettle click and sure enough was at my feet in seconds!
3. Check the times of her favourite TV programme and perhaps record it for future desperate occasions – our TV doesn’t do this unfortunately.
4. Introduce a new toy or book. Luckily Evie loves books. We go to the library every couple of weeks and one time I did keep a book she hadn’t seen yet in my bag, for a time when I’d really need a distraction.
5. Give her a snack. I sometimes try and time having a cup of tea with Evie’s snack times.
6. Set her up with some colouring in. I don’t know if all toddlers are the same, but Evie loves crayons. This activity lasts at least ten minutes.
8. Fill a box with paper & hide her toys in it. I had some spare shredded paper this week and hid Evie’s toys amongst it. She loved this game. A fun sensory activity that keeps them occupied.
9. Give her a designated kitchen cupboard to play with. We’re childproofing the cupboards this week but leaving one for Evie so that we can teach her boundaries and gradually open them all back up again. It’s also a great distraction.
10. Give her some household items you don’t mind her playing with. Like a saucepan and a spoon. But remember they’ll probably always want these from now on.
All mamas need a five minute break to refresh. It’s also good to encourage solo play. I have even used these methods so that I can: put away washing, eat some food without her chasing me for some, go to the toilet alone and make a cup of tea. I can’t promise these methods will work for you. Good luck.
What do you do to get five minutes of quiet?
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