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The terrible twos; you’ve heard of the phrase, heck, you’re living it. A temper tantrum at the drop of a hat, clean (now dirty) pots and pans all over the floor, toys strewn to the bedroom and back.
Is your two-year-old bored, or what?
The truth is two-year-olds love to explore. Everything is new and exciting, and they want to experience everything! What they don’t realize, can’t realize yet is that in the process of being creative they are making one grand mess. So what can you do?
- Consider making the basement the playroom. Or limit the toys that can be brought into the main living areas. A book is usually an okay thing to drag into a living room but not a container of large Lego’s.
- Spend some one-on-one time playing with your child each day. Show them how much fun it can be to play in the bedroom or other play area.
- Help your two-year-old pick up. After they play with one toy, show them how to pick it up before they play with another.
- Get out more. When the weather is nice, go to the park or other child friendly place and spend a few hours away from home.
No, your home will never be as clean as it used to be before you had a child, and things will often be scattered throughout your place whether you want them to be or not. Two-year-olds might be messy, but they are lovable, fun—and cute—something that (fortunately) tops all other ills on the planet.