Toddlers, tantrums and coffee

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Carselea

Carselea

My toddler is having LOTS of tantrums just now and the days are seeming very long! I think being cooped up is making it all seem more draining. Has anyone used a reward chart to anything to help cut down on so many tantrums? Is there anything else that helps? I'm trying to stay calm and ignore them as much as possible. But right now every tiny things seems to set him off. I'm exhausted. Any tips?

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Carselea

Carselea

heather

heather

Has anyone been teaching kids to read with schools closed? I have a daughter who's almost 3 and she's been doing so well with her first phonics at nursery.

I've been trying to keep it up at home but I don't really know how to carry it on or which letters to do next. Next term I don't know if she should be looking at 2 letter words or if that's too much and we should just stick to single letter sounds? Has anyone been teaching their kids first letters and reading at home? Or have any apps or resources to help?

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heather

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Tania_l
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Tania_l

We've been using some Twinkl worksheets to remember letter sounds. I'm not doing too much over Easter but we'll have to plan things out a bit better when next term starts.

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Holly B
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Holly B

The CBeebies website has some lovely games that might be worth a try. She's little though so I would just keep practising the letters she knows and not worry too much. Lots of stories. Lots of fun games. It's great that she's so keen. I'm sure she will catch up once she is back at nursery. Especially if you read to her lots and play fun letter games in the meantime.

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Rowan

Rowan

My two year old keeps waking up and getting out of bed at 4am. I try to take her into my bed but she just wants to get up and play. But I'm too knackered if I do that. How do I get her to sleep for longer? She goes to bed at about 7pm and sleeps well but always wakes at dawn. I'm exhausted. She gets tired by about 9am and has a nap but I am always to wired by then to snooze. Help!

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Rowan

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emily_l
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I would stop her napping at 9 am. She'll be tired for 1 day but then hopefully she'll sleep more at night. Is she sleeping again in the afternoon as well?

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Nicola

Nicola

We've only got a tiny garden and my toddler is FULL of energy. How are you keeping them busy and letting them run off steam apart from your daily exercise?

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Nicola

Nicola

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Fran

Joe Wicks has amazing workouts every morning at 9am. He does fun events like dress up day too and they love it.

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emily_l

emily_l

Would anyone have ideas for easy, cheap toddler activities to do indoors? I don't want to leave the house to buy new things so ideally something they could do with everyday toys.

My little one is getting really tired of his toys so I really want to find something for him to do while we're stuck at home that he'll have fun with.

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emily_l

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Nicola
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I've put a pop up tent in the living room (you could make a den out of blankets if you don't have one) and each day I put in different things. So transit one day, Duplo the next, bricks and boxes to post them in the next..... It does keep him entertained for a while.

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emmam
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emmam

Mine love banging kitchen pots and pans with spoons to make noise. Or playing with ice in a shallow tray. Anything that they’re not normally allowed to play with is usually a hit!

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marialev

marialev

My son is so jealous of his younger sister it gets scary sometimes. As soon as my eyes are off him (even if I'm in the same room) he's over there trying to sit on her or hurt her in some way.

It's almost like play but she's so small I really worry. Has anyone had this or any ideas for ways to calm him down?

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marialev

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emily_l
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Mine did this too for a while. It passed eventually but it was such a battle. I think they just crave the attention. Maybe try some one on one time for 10 minutes a day just you two?

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Susie

Susie

How are you all planning on making Easter a happy day when you can't go out? We always met up with family. Any ideas for making it a celebration while at home on lockdown?

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Susie

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We’re doing a family Easter egg hunt here at home and making some Easter hats.


Hopefully we will be able to share Easter hats with friends and family on ZOOM. And with her classmates.

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Laura
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Laura

We're going to make a nice Easter lunch, eat lots of chocolate and take pictures. This is an odd and scary time, but also a historic time and I think our kids will love having the pics later in life.

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Nicola
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Nicola

We're hiding little eggs (if I can find any on emu weekly food shop!) in the garden as a hunt, then we're going to make chocolate nests with Shredded wheat and mini eggs on top. Then we'll have a picnic in the garden (or living room if it rains). It's going to be a different one but I think it will still be fun. We've also got a family Zoom catch up planned in the afternoon. Grandad's making a little Easter challenge where the kids have to rush and find toys and be the first to bring them back to the screen etc.

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Claire McD

Claire McD

Help! How do you keep an active toddler entertained when we're facing 12 or more weeks of lockdown? I'm struggling. He's watching CBeebies on loop. NOT good. I can feel the four walls closing in already and it's only been a week.

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Claire McD

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Susie
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Susie

We do Joe Wicks PE everyday at 9am, then a little art or school work. Then lots of downtime/garden play. And far too many screens!

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Laura
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Laura

We've totally relaxed our screen rules...finish schoolwork and then screen away (probably not the best mum move!) Oh, we planted a bunch of seeds in the garden , planning out where everything should go was fun!

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emmam

emmam

Does anyone have any ideas for activities to keep toddlers busy in the home? Ideally something easy for them to do which will keep them occupied for a while!

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emmam

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Jen L
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Jen L

Mine love playing with ice...they could do it all day long. Sometimes we freeze some of their toys by covering them with water and putting in the freezer overnight.


Otherwise cardboard boxes always keep them busy for hours. We cut out holes and draw on windows and they pretend that they're in a car or a truck going somewhere. I hope these help!

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Claire McD

Claire McD

I'm no day 2 of potty training and it's already a nightmare. Soooo many accidents and wet pants and not many wees in the potty. Tell me it gets easier...

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Claire McD

Claire McD

emmam
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emmam

At least you can keep him at home all day for potty training! Hope it’s going better

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Laura
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Laura

Once the weather is warmer, it gets a little easier to let them be nappy free outside (in your garden).

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