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8 responses to “What to DO about the TERRIBLE TWO’s”

  1. leah (keller) hesterman

    So care to share what your daily schedule is and what times you do what? I have three little ones three and under, and I think if I had a more set timeline of what we do when every day (including what little chores I get done and when everyday), it would really help everyone!
    leah (keller) hesterman´s last blog post ..Bedtime Conversation with Lily

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    Painter Mommy Reply:

    OK, daily schedule is as follows:

    6:30am – wake up, bottle time for babies
    7:00am – breakfast
    7:30am – mama gets some quiet time to read my Bible and pray, while kids watch cartoons
    8:00am – mama gets ready then dresses kids
    8:30am – teeth get brushed, bathroom, get kids into the car
    9:00am – get 6 yr old to bus stop
    9:30am – get 4 yr old to kindergarten & talk to my mom on the way home in the car (9 month old takes short nap in the car)
    10:00am – wash the dishes, tidy up around house
    10:30am – play with 2 babies
    11:00am – prepare early lunch
    11:30am – put babies down for their nap (tidy up the house real quick)
    12:00am – My client work time begins (I work from home as a virtual assistant & graphic designer)
    2:30pm – babies usually wake up, feed them, and start preparing dinner
    3:00pm – let babies play or something watch cartoons, while I close up my client work before everyone gets home
    3:30pm – hubby and 2 older ones get home, discuss the day, do homework
    4:00pm – early dinner (hubby goes to work at 2am, so he goes to bed early and cannot eat late)
    4:30pm – clean up after dinner, dishes done, table & floor cleaned up
    5:00pm – kids go outside or downstairs in their playroom to play. If I am super busy with work, I will take this time to work a little more, otherwise hubby and I will join the kids and play, go for walks, etc)
    6:30pm – some nights we have bath / shower time, but usually at this time is when we start winding down. They can have a final snack & drink.
    7:00pm – jammies on, teeth brushed, and we allow them, to watch a cartoon. They usually pick Tom & Jerry.
    7:30pm – potty and then to bed

    That is pretty much how my new (back to school) schedule goes and it is finally working out pretty good. Of course there are always unexpected things that happen, so I try not to have too many expectations when it comes to schedule.

    But, sticking to a schedule really helps children to live a well balanced life. And remember that my schedule may not work for YOU, but you can come up with a schedule that works best for your family. And the best way to follow it, is to pay a little more attention to the clock.

    I wish you all the best!

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  2. Teresha@ Marlie and Me

    Twitter: Mommy2Marlie
    He looks like an angel! LOL! Seriously though, thanks for the tips because I know this stage is right around the corner.
    Teresha@ Marlie and Me´s last blog post ..Baby Log- 1 Year and 5 Weeks Old

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  3. Shibani

    Twitter: MrsScorpio2U
    I think the twos are the time to explore. They only get into mischive because they want to be noticed. Also being that u have a 9month old your son wants his mommy time 2. I would say park time. Just running in the grass time. Swimming classes. Reading a book. When ever u can make time let him know you are there for him too and have fun with him. You can buy play costume so he can use his imagination. You could get him into the train toys by Thomas and buy some tracks and train pieces so he can sit and build plus play. You can put on Word World for him to watch while u watch with him so he can learn and you can also sing along with him. Two aren’t that terrible but instead more a time of exploring.

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  4. mom

    Maybe somes gates would help for a while so he is in a smaller space.U can keep an eye on him better.Rotate toys he likes.Put some away for a wk. so they interest him again.Grow eyes on the back of ur head like my MOM ALWAYS told me she had. LOL! I’m proud of how well u deal with ur family issues.Don’t be too hard on urself ur doing a grt job!!! Luv U Mom

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  5. mom

    Forgot 2 tell u how cute the lil video of u & the kids is!! I LOVE IT! can’t believe they all sat for it.Did u bribe them? LOL luvya MoM

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  6. Early Education

    Oh my gosh! That face is so adorable. You’re right. I wouldn’t be able to resist him either :D I like the plan ahead idea. With my kid I made early education a priority. So while I don’t knock education to him all the time I do have educational books and educational games that I use occasionally to pass the time.

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  7. Sam@terrible twos

    Isn’t it just amazing all of the “terrible” things they need to learn every day?

    I like your:
    “Plan Ahead” tactic best because we have to remember that two year olds are always 100% focused on the thing that they want in the moment. Single mindedness.

    But of course a parent has a million distractions in a given second. So matching their energy seems impossible sometimes.
    Sam@terrible twos´s last blog post ..Dealing with two year old temper tantrums and hitting

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