Life can get very stressful, very fast and if you’re not careful, all that stress can drag you down into a not-so-great place. So when you’re feeling that anxiety starting to pull at your heart, you better have a go-to plan to relieve that stress and keep from getting overwhelmed.
For me, that go-to thing is cooking, baking or anything I can do with my hands. Which is probably why last night found me sitting crossed legged on the living room floor, surrounded by paper, cutting out snowflakes.
Finding things to keep a toddler occupied on rainy, cold or sick days is never easy, especially when said toddler is too full of energy for her own good and is basically driving you halfway to crazy town.
So what is a mommy to do when it’s a gloomy, rainy day outside and there’s no preschool to boot? Find something fun to do of course. Something that’ll distract the 3 year old without boring you to death in the process (I know I know, I sound like the worst mom ever but seriously guys, how many play doh Peppa Pigs can you build before you want to chuck the whole primary colored mess out the window?).
Lucky for me Lilly takes after me and loves anything food related! Making and baking several batches of cookies in a warm kitchen while it’s cold and wet outside? That is the definition of perfection 😋
You know how kids pick up a new word and suddenly they’re using it all the time and it’s completely adorable? And you know how it’s adorable for maybe the first few hours and then it’s maybe not all that adorable?
Lilly recently discovered the allure of the word ‘boring’ and for the last week or so, everything and anything has been enthusiastically described as ‘boring’.
What exactly has she been calling boring? Well here’s 10 things she insisted were ‘boring’ just today:
1) The moon
How exactly can the moon be boring? No idea. I suppose it does just sit there without hype or glamour or neon disco lights so it could appear boring to a toddler..
2) My hair
No argument there.
3) Her hair
Now I may be biased here, given as she is my child and all, but I refuse to accept that Lilly’s hair is boring! It is the prettiest little head of hair I’ve ever seen and no one convince me otherwise. Though of course I will admit that my hair styling abilities may leave something to be desired.
Not the particular lunch I served her today mind you, but the very idea of lunch.
5) The color yellow
I always thought yellow was quite a happy and bright color and therefore not boring, but I suppose I was wrong.
How can something that was the best thing in the world to do yesterday suddenly be boring today? Because the toddler said so, that’s why.
Ok, so maybe apples aren’t exactly the most exciting fruits out there, I’ll give her that..
Because they block her view of the ‘boring’ moon.
9) Having to go to the bathroom
Nothing I can do about that one Lilly, sorry
10) Traffic lights
Well, no one likes being stuck at a long red light, but driving would be way more chaotic without them so sorry baby, but we can’t do away with traffic lights no matter how ‘boring’ they may be!
What does your toddler find ‘boring’? What new words have become way too overused in your household these days?