Monday, September 30, 2013

Thirty-One Days with a Two-Year-Old

Since my husband and I are both graduate students, our lives revolve around semesters and the academic calendar. We were fortunate to have very flexible schedules during the two years immediately following our daughter's birth - we were able to arrange things such that we would alternate days (or even half-days) that we would go into school for teaching, classes, and work.

This year, however, my husband is teaching four days a week at a college an hour-and-a-half drive away from us, leaving Piper-girl and me to fend for ourselves until he gets home around or after supper time. It has required a BIG ADJUSTMENT. The adjustment period that been filled with temper tantrums - some of which have even been the toddler's! We're five weeks into the semester and Piper-girl and I are still figuring out how to make this work for us.

I'm using The Nester's 31 Days series as an opportunity to discover activities that will keep Piper-girl entertained (and hopefully wear her out!) without having two parents at home every day. This page will be my table of contents for my 31 Days with a Two-Year-Old series. Check back here every day in October for a link to the newest post.

Day 1: Take a walk
Day 2: Library Story Time
Day 3: Playground
Day 4: Play with Dough
Day 5: Farmers' Market
Day 6: Fall Fairs
Day 7: ZooBorns!
Day 8: Playing in the Garden
Day 9: Her First Food Mill Experience
Day 10: Play Group
Day 11: Sleep is for the Weak
Day 12: Grandparents!
Day 13: Apple Picking
Day 14: Picnic
Day 15: Rice, Everywhere
Day 16: I love you, too
Day 17: Playing in Leaves
Day 18: Cookie Monster (Oo-Oo Monh-monh)
Day 19: Baking Cookies
Day 20: Hot Chocolate
Day 21: Birthday Cookies
Day 22: Play Dough
Day 23: Sick Toddler
Day 24: Gardening
Day 31: The End


  1. I'm so glad I saw this - my boy just turned 2 last month, and wow are 2 year olds exhausting at times. Looking forward to reading these.

    1. Mine just turned two in August, so you'll definitely be able to find some activities to do with your 2-year-old. You are so right about how exhausting they can be - how is it that they have so much energy, and yet the parents have none?

  2. Sounds like a fun series! Looking forward to it, I have a 2-year-old also! :)

  3. This sounds like fun!! I am hoping to find some great ideas as well ;-)

  4. Love this! I am doing a very similar 31 Days! Great to find a similar series!

    1. Thanks for commenting! I won't have a chance to look through all of the 31 Days links until this weekend, so I'm glad you pointed yours out to me.

  5. Oh, looking forward to reading this series! I have a 16 month old and a 3 month old, so I'm definitely looking for ideas for littles! :)

  6. I have a 2.5 year old and just scanning the titles of your post so far I'm in. You covered a few of our favorites already. I'm looking forward to reading more!