Run errands without melt downs

 Duan and I are planning a formal marriage ceremony, which is only 3 weeks away! Things have been so crazy that keeping a schedule has been very hard to do. Here are 3 tips on how to maintain some sort normalcy when you are on the run.

1. Keep all meal times the same.  Warning:  a hungry child can explode at any moment! Try to keep snack times, lunch and dinner close to the time you would normally eat.  Bring easy snacks along with you, such as carrots, fruit, cereal, or crackers to help curb them till lunch or dinner.  If you do have to be out during the normal lunch or dinner time, pack a simple meal in a cooler such as sandwiches and fresh broccoli and grapes. 

2. Allow them to nap.  We all know a sleepy baby/child, is not a happy one.  By giving them their nap you will be able to get things done smoothly. For an infant bring a sling and but your baby in when they would usually take a nap.  As you are walking around the motion will put them to sleep.  For your toddler or preschooler, bring a stroller that lays back and lay them in it during their nap time. Explain to them that it is nap time and they need to get some rest.  Put a light weight blanket covering the stroller (so they don’t have many distractions).  Don’t forget to bring their lovie if they have one.

3. Be realistic.  In a perfect world we would get all our errands done with out any melt downs.  Remember our children love to be free to run and play.  Keep this in mind.  If you are making a day of errands plan some time to stop at a park or the play place in the mall.  Letting your child have some time run off that built up energy, the day will run a lot smoother.

You know your child. Plan for everything. You know the deal: Fail to plan, plan to fail. I hope these tips help.  If you have anymore, feel free to leave them!


Much love, Reneca




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