I am quiet tired of my toddler running around the entire day and I can only engage him for a few hours after which I loose all energy and he goes cranky. What do you suggest I do to constructively engage his energy the entire day.

Hi anon, as per my experience, rather than running behind ur toddler, run with ur toddler, that way they feel satisfied coz mum is engaged in their play. divide the activities in slots. Like, my son is an early riser so he takes a nap around 10/11 am before that he goes to the park with papa, bath, breakfast, then a little play (I use puzzles during this time as his mind gets tired) and then he sleeps. so u see till 12, I don't do much. after he wakes up he is full of energy so I play running games (I run he catches me), enacting rhymes, hide n seek, and when I get tired, I sit and throw ball and ask him to bring that to me, I have started teaching him Colors, so I keep different coloured toys in different places and show him 1 piece and ask him to collect the others, 1 hr of bonding, learning n enjoying. Lunch. and after lunch I allow him self play, sand and water play (30 mins each) then combined activities ( I give him basket with 3-4 toys and activities) sometimes he happily plays on his own for 30-40 mins, then we read books. snack time (I let him eat on his own, that saves me some time) eve we go to the play ground and spend 1 hr. this is what works for us. u have to find what will work for u and kiddo. days are tiresome but when and where to use energy depends on planning. hope it helps dear. hugs.

Neha Sharma kind of a similar routine we have....
@anon... its really hard keep superactive toddlers busy all the time...bvz they r so enthusiastic about everything.. they want to learn and di whatever comes in their way...just channel that energies...do some DIYs for him...what worked for me, i had around 8to 10 DIY games for him... i wil give one for 2 to 3 day, hide it, play another... it goes on for few days and again first game comes out...and as he missed that for long...he ll play with again till he gets bored.
i make him work a lot.... help me in the kitchen, cut the veggies with not so sharp knife...get me something from fridge... keep cliths in the cupboard  ,keep toys at their place n lot more...once a week we do planting... sword fight with paper sword...

u can channel his energy in a very constructuve way if u let him do his own work like this...he will lear. to do some sruff as well ur time n energy bith will be saved

Dear Friend, how about involving him in your day to day work,  like
1.  loading washing machine,  you could do counting of clothes,  sorting by colour,  size etc
2. kneading dough for roti (give the kneaded dough) let him pull, push, make shapes etc. Good for fine motor
3. If you set cooker for daal chawal, let him. play with the soaked daal/chawal for few minutes. You will be surprised how much kids enjoy this sensory input.
4. Setting up table for lunch. One spoon/bowl per plate (one to one correspondence)
5. Drying/folding clothes. (whatever or however he can)
Keep exploring your other activities and involving him. It may be for a few minutes initially.
While you are at it,  you can have lot of language input. Caution though, don't focus on teaching. Focus on playing and having fun.
Best Wishes!!!

do zumba in front of your toddler. you can lose weight too and enjoy engaging the kid. my son is a ball of energy and I get very frustrated too. pick your battles with a toddler. you can't stop them from doing everything. chose what behaviours and mischiefs you can let go. kids at this age are trying to take control of their life hence the defiance. let them have some control. the more we try to tame them the more they will rebel. so let it go. also keep snacking and drinking water through the day. running behind a toddler is hardwork and if we are hungry and thirsty we are more irritable. and every once in a while put your feet up and let TV entertain your kid. but not for too long!

there's some great advice given here. you can alternatively scroll through the toddler section of our app for articles and you will find tons of activities. they don't necessarily require a lot of investment per se. also, see if you can hire some help or a maid who can help you with certain chores while you focus on the baby. also, take your baby to a nearby park and let run.  if they use their energy they will bother u less

wow awesome advice given here!!! Khushboo Chouhan Priya Iyer

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