Welcome to my blog, ‘My Bored Toddler’. I’ve wanted to start writing a blog for quite some time now but wasn’t sure where to start. I didn’t want to compete with all the other mummy (or Mommy – I’m in Australia so I’ll stick with Mummy) blogs for a few reasons. First, there are so many of them (and they do it so well) that I wonder if there is still space out there for mine, or if I have anything to write that is worth reading (hopefully the answer to that one is yes!). But the real reason I haven’t started a ‘Mummy blog’ is because sometimes I feel like I don’t meet the required criteria.
Do I have kids? Check! Do I love my kids? Check! Do I care which brand of cloth diaper is more absorbent or what the latest, trendiest kid fad is? Not so much! While these issues are important I’m quite happy to consult Mr Google for the answers to these. Am I here to tell you 10 ways to make your toddler (or newborn, I have both!) sleep through the night? Definitely NOT! There’s a reason I seriously considered calling this bog ‘Why the F#$% won’t my kids go to sleep!’.
You’re probably wondering what I do care about? Well I have have 2 children who are what is often referred to as ‘high needs’ (not to be confused with special needs) or ‘spirited children’. I’ll talk more about what these terms mean in later posts, but one of the main challenges of raising children who are high needs is boredom. Not me – them! My children (2 ½ and 10 months) are not ones who can stay at home happily all day. In fact, anything over an hour is testing our limits. Why? They get bored. Very bored. More bored than a lot of other kids I know..
Their boredom certainly doesn’t stem from a lack of ‘stuff’. Our house overflows with toys, we have enough kids books to make most libraries jealous (yes, a teacher lives here!) and have a nice sized garden filled with a cubby house and lots of outdoor toys. But my kids get bored and they get bored quickly. As I’m sure you’re aware, with boredom comes behaviour issues (more on this in a later post too). That’s why we do stuff… ALL…. DAY….LONG!
If you’re like me and have a bored toddler and want to know what the heck to do with them all day long, please follow my blog and we can go on the journey together. I hope to share ideas and activities that our toddlers can try. I’ll also let you know of any epic failures too (let’s face it, they make the most interesting reading). The ideas won’t all be mine, but I’ll be sharing what I find. Fee free to contribute and get involved. Hopefully together we can keep our toddlers from being bored and restore our sanity in the process. You never know – all our great activities might actually tire them out so they’ll actually sleep and we can enjoy a much needed glass of wine!