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Unread 05-09-2008, 12:05 AM
Entertaining young children

Hopefully someone can give me some direction with this. I am 5 weeks post op and I have a 2 yr. old daughter. She seems to have adjusted pretty well to some of the changes that have been made but I think she is becoming bored. She is a child who likes to cuddle, be held and play, play, play. I have tried to do what I can but she is becoming cranky when I can't do the things that she wants to do. It is very hard on me also because my husband works offshore. When he is home, he does all the things that she demands and then when he leaves she expects me to continue. Can someone give me some ideas on how to keep her entertained without straining myself too much
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Unread 05-11-2008, 08:01 AM
Entertaining young children

Hi hotdiva
I'm sorry you're having the struggle to entertain your little one. I know it can be hard to find things for them to do when they're used to being played with. It has been quite a while since I had one this small, but I'll venture a couple of ideas for you.

I don't know your little girl, but many girls can be reasoned with if you appeal to their nurturing, mothering instincts. I would suggest you really play up the fact that mommie has an ouchie (or whatever terminology you use in your family) and that you need her to help take care of you. Do lots of cuddling, side-by-side, reading books, or doing small puzzles or coloring.

If she has little dishes ask her to make you a snack. Maybe provide some simple finger food she could serve you. Pour on the praise for being tender and quiet and careful with mommie. I think it's good for small children to be stretched a little. Their young minds can grasp thinking beyond themselves as long as they are receiving lots of loving praise and attention at the same time.

Do you have friends or neighbors you could trust to take her out for a little while when your dh is gone? If she could go to a park and play and just having a change of scenery might help you both. Don't hesitate to ask for help from family and friends. You're getting to a place where you should begin to feel better, but you still can't lift her and you will be likely to tire easily if you don't pace yourself.

I hope some other moms will come along with some help. Hang in there and have a happy Mother's Day.
's, Rita
Unread 05-13-2008, 10:51 PM
Entertaining young children

Thanks so much for the great suggestions. She has adjusted so well to everything that is going on but I just want to make sure she receives the attention that she needs so that she doesn't continue to be bored. 2 yr olds are a handful but with your help, I think we will get over this hump. Take care and God bless.

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