Yesterday, my well-behaved-two-year-old-at-the-library luck ran out. It could have been worse. We kept the chaos contained to the children’s section, and it was all of the noisy variety. Lately when we’ve gone to the library, Thadd has been content to read books and play with puzzles, so him not wanting to do much of anything but complain loudly was a little unexpected. I’m hoping it’s not an indication of what next week’s afternoon library activities will be like.
It got me thinking about the days where you feel exhausted but like you haven’t actually done anything. Making a to-do list and checking things off, even if I only get a few things checked off makes me feel a little better. If you’re having one of those days and need something to show that you actually did something, here’s my “One of Those Days” checklist.
One of Those Days Checklist for Parents
Get out of bed
Get dressed (leggings, yoga pants, sweats, etc. count)
Feed the little people
Feed the pets
Hug the little people
Keep the little people alive
Referee an argument between little people
Answer the same question more than three times
Clean up a spill
Tell little people to sit down
Read a story to the little people
Put little people to bed
Feel free to print this out and use anytime you’re having a bad day and need to see that you’ve actually accomplished something. 🙂
While I’m busy with last minute holiday prep, aka everything since I’ve made procrastination an art form, I thought I’d repost the one and only gift guide I’ve ever written.
With the crazy, gift giving holidays right around the corner, here’s my list of sure to be a hit items for your twoddler. (Twoddler – the 5 second window between mobile baby and fully walking toddler.) All items have been tested and approved for fun by Beckett*. Bonus! You probably already have most of these items at home. Even better, twoddlers don’t care that something isn’t new. They actually seem to prefer the oldest, grossest thing they can find.
Big cardboard box
Little cardboard box
Toilet paper roll (full or empty)
Trash can (full preferred)
Paper (tissue, wrapping, printer, newspaper, important documents, etc.)
Medium cardboard box
Video cassettes (Title/VCR not important. They aren’t going to watch them anyway.)
Coffee cup (full or empty)
Anything that dangles
*Disclaimer: Beckett only tested items for twoddler funness, and possibly the amount of crazy things they make me say as I try to remove them from his twoddler death-grip. He wasn’t really concerned with safety testing. If safety is a concern for you, you should probably consult a different gift guide.
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