Go on a toddler walk. Honestly- you can just go on a walk to the end of your block, or down the alley. It doesn’t have to be far. The point of this walk is not to get anywhere. The point is to spend a short time seeing what your toddler sees and making memories you’ll be grateful to have.
Take a toddler walk.
If you’ve got older kids, they’ll just have to walk on ahead, because this is going to be slow and leisurely. You’ll have to turn your cell phone off, because if you’re going to see the world with your toddler, you’re going to have to be totally immersed in it.
Make a memory out of this: Hold that warm little hand and feel the soft give of pudgy baby fingers. Notice the funny gait of your little one- the way the whole body wiggles as she toddles along. Listen to the slap slap slap as those little feet hit the ground. You are HERE right now with this funny and amazing little being and they are thrilled, THRILLED you are taking them on an adventure. Yes!
Slow your pace and open your senses. What would you like to notice with your curious little companion?
- Look for something crunchy to step. Stomp! Stomp!
- Point out birds
- Teach you child to smell a flower
Take this time to enjoy the way your toddler is seeing the world. Walking down a street that is familiar to you is still an adventure for your child. Let your toddler examine the cracks in the sidewalk, feel the rough wooden fence post and watch a grasshopper. Maybe you’ll find a real treasure like a stone or a leaf to carry home.
Take a walk and let your toddler give you a brief glimpse into her world.