How to calm down toddler after school/ Kindergarten time

Hello moms with toddler, have you read this article yet? 7 Ways to Help Your Child Handle Their ‘After School Restraint Collapse’  Great article, very true. We’ve been there, done that. Our trick is simple; after school we make a small picnic.

On the way home from Kindergarten, we sit under a certain tree. Flipper always choose the same tree every day because she thinks the shadow is perfect to sit on. I ask her to check, if she still have some food left in her snack box, if not then I give her small surprise like wrapped single Orea or 2 pieces of M&M’s. Well after the third day it’s no longer surprise anyway, because Flipper knows if we go picnic after school and the snack box is empty, means she will get either black cookie (that’s how she calls Oreo) or sweets…. But still she’s surprised (or pretend to be surprised) and her face shines with happines every times I give her the treat 😍.

Look at her shine! Oh don’t mind her dirty face and dirty clothes, dirty legs… it’s always like that after school 😄

The black cookie 🙂
And like adults sit over coffee, we talk- without coffee. She will start talking about her day in Kindergarten without I have to ask first. After 15 minutes or so we continue to walk home. Sometimes she stopped to ride a wooden horse  in the playgroup for few minutes and that’s it, we walk home hand in hand without drama.

At home she’ll play or read her favorites books without any fuss. The picnic trick works well. Before, she always came home in fury and the rest of the day was no longer fun for both of us.

Now, slowly but sure the weather is getting colder, I have to think a better place to do our picnic or maybe different activities. 

So how about your toddler, mon? Do they behave well after school? And if not, what is your trick to calm them down? 

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How to trick a picky toddler

Flipper at the moment is in the phase where she’s really picky on everything; food, clothes, shoes, toys, etc. She loves to choose what to wear by herself but often it takes time. So in the morning, during cleaning up before going to Kindergarten, I only give her two pairs of clothes to choose and when both of my options don’t fit Flipper’s expectation, I have to trick her :p

Flipper: I don’t want that flower dress and that cat t-shirt too! I don’t like cat anymore!

Me: Oh…but darling, it’s not just a cat! It’s a grandpa cat!. Looks the head is so big! It’s a grandpa cat!

Flipper: Ah okay…That’s fine then.

Flipper: Mama I don’t want to wear that dress today…

Me : No you don’t need to, it’s a long t-shirt not a dress.

Flipper: Ah okay…

❤️💛💚💙

 


Flipper few months ago as she was still happy with her cat tee 😄

Bitte Anstellen (Line Up, Please!)

Flipper fell in love at the first sight with this book of Tomoko Ohmura as she saw it in a local library and put it by herself into our ‘borrowing bag’. No wonder, her fave animals are on the cover. And I fell in love with this book too as I read it. A short, simple but full of surprise and very hilarious book. Love! Love! Love! I gave it a 5 stars in Goodreads. After some times always doing renewal for this book in the library, I then decided to order the book from Amazon but before I buy it, the Lesestart Project had this book for 3 years old children. Flipper is not 3 years old yet but the librarian was so nice and gave the book to her anyway. Yay!

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The story began as a frog saw a sign ‘Bitte anstellen’ and he was curious to see what was all about. A bird, as a kind of tour guide, welcomed him. In the next pages, there were  more animals already in queue line, from the little one -in this case frog with number 50- until the biggest one -elephant- number 1.

Yes it seems like only some animals standing in a line, queuing but it’s not boring. They have queue problems like impatient, hungry, smelly body, aggressive and even some unsympathetic animal were all there… Just like us, human being in a looong line for, an example,  merry go round or roller coaster in an amusement park…it could be a pain in the *ss. It’s amusing that a weasel even didn’t know what was he queuing for. Yes, what was the animals queuing for anyway??

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The zebra was shaking, standing between the lion and the tiger. Both were hungry and the bird tried to calm down the lion with some sea grass 😀

It’s a roller coaster on a giant whale! All the 50 animals go on board the whale and the  whale brought them to slalom, spin, dive, dip and to splash! All the animals had sooo much fun. When the ride ended, the animals couldn’t wait to line up again even agree that the long queue was really worth it.

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I use this book to train Flipper how to be patience in a waiting line. We had bad experiences in waiting such as in check in desk and security portal in airport or even in supermarket during waiting in check out desk. Well, she’s now still impatient and dislike waiting (oh who likes it anyway?! :D) but this book definitely brings some progress. Flipper now able to wait for her turn to play something (after some other kids) or waiting until I finished preparing her meal BUT waiting in supermarket, well…we have to learn it harder!

Beside that, with this book we can make some games for example I’ll ask Flipper which animals she already knows? How’s the sounds of the animals? What happened with the sheep? Why he didn’t want to move further? (because he’s afraid of wolf who tried to intimidating him), etc. Very recommended book, indeed.

German: Bitte Anstellen
English: Line Up, Please!
By Tomoko Ohmura,
44 pages.
Price in Amazon.de is €12,00 (German language)