Getting work done with a toddler around

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Getting work done with a toddler around

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Children can have a difficult time tolerating it when we have to make a phonecall, balance our checkbook, or the multitude of tasks that we need to take our attention from them. We're faced with a whining, demanding child and we can get frustrated and are just pleading with them. Please, I just need to do one thing. Something that can help with this dynamic is before you do that activity make sure your child's mommy or daddy cup is full. And by this I mean, you spend five or 10 minutes in special time with your child, filling that mommy or daddy cup. This allows the child often being able to tolerate having our attention away from them. We can say, I have to make a phonecall but before I do, let's play together. And then you can set up an activity that they can do while you're doing your task. Often setting up an office or having art supplies right next to you can be really fun for children and give you a few extra minutes of focus.

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Barbara Olinger, MSW

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Barbara Olinger has her master's degree in social work and has been working with children and families in both therapeutic and educational settings for over 30 years. She is currently Director of Family Development at the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside and has a private practice focusing on parenting education and teacher training.  She is the author of the parenting book, Growing From the Roots: A Practical Guide to the Art of Parenting, now on DVD along with Welcoming Your Second Child. She has two sons, ages 23 and 20 years old.  

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