I am a stay-at-home mom of a 2.8 year old boy. I am always facing problems with his super-energetic and active nature. He is always up to something! I know that being active is good, but at times it gets too hard, especially when you are also tackling daily chores. And now, in the quarantine period, it’s become much more tiring.
About 3 months ago, he was busy with his new preschool, and used to get tired while playing on the playground with his friends. There was a routine, which was good for me and for him. He was happy. Now, due to the pandemic, we are always indoors, and he has started getting irritated.
When he was around a year old, he started throwing things. Not only his toys, but also kitchen utensils and food. I talked about it with the doctor. She said it is very normal. So here is the problem. What should I do?
I can’t scold him. He is too small. But I also have to do my housework, and I have to make food. What then? When I am in the kitchen, he wants to be in the kitchen. When I am mopping floors, he wants to do the same. Then, I thought, let’s give him my main kitchen utensils (steel ones, obviously!). I started giving him real kadhais and real vegetables, and like me, he started turning the ladle, and making dough. And now, he is even helping me with dusting and mopping.
What a relief! Now I am doing all the housework with my little one’s help. When we both are working, I turn on my music player with some flute recordings. Now, he is developing a habit of listening. When I turn on the music, he leaves his toys, and listens to the flute for at least half an hour, which is a great improvement.
As he is always helping me, he doesn’t get a chance of throwing things, and this is giving me much more relief. In this period of motherhood, I got a lesson to learn. You can overcome all the difficulties with your little one if you could think them as your age or a friend, and not as a kid. They want to get mature, like you.
So, as per my opinion, you should:
Listen to good music
Give them your things to keep with them securely
Don’t scold, it will not help
Make them do the work, and they will understand your job
Appreciate whatever they are doing
I know it’s easy to say. But, if you could get them involved in your job, then you will get relief. It’s just the beginning of my own motherhood, and I have a long way to go. I will share whatever happens with me, and any new techniques l am following to tackle the situation, if it will help you with your motherhood, even though everyone’s journey is unique in perspective!
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