Fun and games: Definitely not the tortoise

Life is a marathon and not a sprint, as the saying goes, but it may feel like no one told Baby! Whether she’s trying to get away with running by the pool or flying through her lunch so fast that it’s hard to tell if she’s even chewing, there are probably plenty of ways your tot rushes through her day at top speed.

One great way to harness that energy is to channel it toward the things she needs to do – including chores that might not necessarily be her favorite. Below is a list of different ways you can help her enjoy some of the less exciting – but still important – tasks in life.

  • Stopwatch it: Pretty much every smartphone has a timer, which means that most parents have access to a magic device that can make even routine activities that much more interesting. Is Baby dragging her feet when it’s time to put on her shoes and socks? Ask her how fast she thinks she could do it. Knowing that you’re timing her may help to put a little pep in her step, and the next time she’s taking a little longer than you might like, you can always see if she can beat her last time!
  • Join the competition: Sure, maybe the most profound competitions are the ones we have against ourselves, but it’s the competitions against other people that are generally the most fun, and you can be Baby’s race-buddy any day. As long as you’re in a safe area to do so, you can race her back to the house, race her down to the water at the beach, or race her right into her cozy bed at night!
  • Reverse it: Some tasks, like tooth brushing, aren’t actually better when done quicker. For these sorts of tasks, aim for the opposite, and challenge your little one to see how long she can go. If you brush your teeth alongside her, you can brush and brush until your mouth is all foamy, and then let her “win” when you think it’s time for her to rinse her mouth out.

There’s just nothing like a little healthy competition, is there?

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