Toddlers change their mind faster than your sink loads up with dishes! These little human beings have a hyperactive mind that’s laser-focused on learning everything about their world. Sometimes this desire to learn about their world is something they want to do in one whole day!
While your toddler is rambunctious, curious, and all about themselves, you can find creative ways to bond with toddlers. Your toddler thinks you’re the best person in the world. They look up to you; after all, you’re the only adult they spend the most time with.
It’s time to take that energy and use it to create a strong bond. The toddler years are the best years to strengthen your connection and teach your toddler about your relationship. Below are some creative ways you can bond with your toddler, no matter how rambunctious they are.
Cook or Bake Together
Every person needs to learn how to cook and bake. This is a simple life skill that can be started as young as age 2. All you need is a step stool to help your toddler reach the countertops and some kid-friendly measurement tools. Find a few recipes that are simple to make with your toddler. Allow your toddler to measure ingredients, stir ingredients, and be a part of the meal prep for dinner, lunch, or snack time.
During this time you’ll be able to laugh, tell stories, and help your toddler be more independent. This is something your toddler is highly interested in learning; they have an innate desire to be as independent as possible during this stage.
Read Some Books
Schedule a time in the evening to read a book together. Go to your local library to borrow some children’s books or purchase them online to have a large stock of book options. Make this reading time part of your toddler’s bedtime routine to calm them before tucking them in to sleep. All you need is a cozy spot to sit with your toddler, dim lighting, and a book.
During this time your toddler will curl up to you as you read the story out loud. Try to give each character a new voice, amplify the actions with hand gestures and tones, and have your toddler pretend to read parts of the book with you.
Whether you opt to go to your backyard, the local park, or out on a nature trail playing outdoors gives you plenty of space to bond with your toddler. Nature has a way of soothing our soul as we take in the smell, noises, and sights of the world around us. You can play games like Frisbee, badminton, kickball, or tag with your toddler for some outdoor fun.
During this time allow your toddler to be ‘in charge’ of the outdoor playtime events. Let them guide you as you enjoy quality time outside. This will give your toddler a chance to use their innate desire to be in charge, and allow you to connect as parent and child.
These are just a few creative ways to bond with toddlers, but our list could go on. The key to bonding with toddlers is to be aware of their likes, interests, and desires. Try to find new ways to encourage their desire to be independent with safe playtime activities, plus these bonding moments can help wear down your toddler’s never-ending energy so they sleep better at night.