"Mommy look for diapers? Mommy no find the diapers?” My bare-bottomed two-year-old daughter repeated this soundtrack of questions as she followed me through a maze of boxes and stacks of bins. I balanced my saturated five-month-old on my hip as I peeked through bags, alternately berating myself for losing track of the diapers, and praying my sort of potty-trained toddler wouldn’t christen our new home with an accident on the carpet.
Having the kids home all day long throughout the summer is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is you have your kids home all day long. There is no rushing out the door to catch the school bus, there is no homework to be done and you can basically pick and choose how you want to spend your days. The curse? Somehow your home has been transformed into a total stranger right before your eyes. There are things strewn about the floor, the house always seems to be untidy and there doesn’t appear to be any structure.
There’s nothing easier than walking into a store or shopping online (‘shop this room’) and buying a bed-in-a-bag type deal. When it comes to spaces for kids, there are plenty of options available including buying matching collections or sets that comprise of everything from sheets, quilts and even window coverings. There is nothing wrong with creating a ‘theme ’in your space, but being inventive and stepping away from sets or only using a few pieces from a set will help you create a space that is not only more dynamic but definitely unique to your child. It will also allow you some flexibility in redesigning the space as your child grows.
One of the best things about outdoor play is how our children’s imaginations open up and start thinking about objects in a whole new way. Fostering creativity and exploration can be as simple or complex as you’d like to make it. When you’re looking at your yard, the shady spot is often the best to set up kids’equipment - you won’t be struggling to grow a garden there, and your kids and plants won’t overheat from being in a sunny location. Thinking about three main zones in your yard like rooms in your house: ‘Play,' 'Eat’ and ‘Rest’ will help your children transition from one space to another and give you diversity in your days and help combat boredom.
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