Baby's Second Year -- Your 19-Month-Old


Make a play date. Ever feel the need to take a break from playing with your toddler and spend time socializing with someone your own age instead? Your little one is no different. If you sense he's tiring of playing with you every day, make a play date with one of his friends for a couple of hours. Here are some simple steps to insure a fun time for everyone:

• Schedule wisely. Once or twice a week will probably be sufficient. Plan your timing around the children's naps. A fed, well-rested child is usually the easiest to entertain.
• Keep the sessions brief and well-supervised, increasing the length of playtime as the children grow.
• Don't be surprised if the play isn't all that interactive. Toddlers often play separately in the same room. Do not force them to interact. On the other hand, be there to gently intervene if they play together too roughly.

SIMPLE WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Don't take on more household responsibilities than you can handle. How do you and your spouse share household chores and child-care responsibilities? Have you revised your thinking since the birth of your baby? You have probably found the lines shifting since you brought your bundle of joy home, but have you taken time to fully discuss your specific situation and redefine individual responsibilities? Take a few moments to outline a new plan of attack. Try it out for a while. Then, revise the plan if necessary. A simple discussion now can prevent hurt feelings later. Remember that the key to a successful marriage is making sure each partner feels loved and appreciated. Listen to your spouse and communicate your own needs clearly. You'll be able to reassign responsibilities in a manner you both feel is equitable. As a result, your house will be more organized and comfortable, and your children will appreciate a new sense of order.

Try these 10 non-nagging approaches to getting your partner to help around the house

Learn how to create a parenting team


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