I'm trying to be a lot more scheduled with the kids. Not to the point where life isn't fun... Just some routine.
Snuggle for as long as possible
Do our School (Ty's PreK book)
TV time (They usually watch an episode of Thomas, Tinker Bell or Daniel Tiger)
Embers nap time//Tys train time (He only likes to build while she is napping)
Ember wakes up//snuggle time
Go out for a walk
Come in and warm up
TV time. Watch another episode of their choice
Daddy comes home
Singing (usually Ty just wants to sing "Once there was a snowman" and "Wheels on the bus"
Obviously those get rearranged depending on the day. But I try and have "Times" Times set aside for learning, play, crafts, walks... Sometimes they can play or craft for a half hour to an hour. Sometimes I get five minutes and they want to do something else. Ty is three and Ember is 18 months. So that's OK.
It has definitely helped. They know when they watch a show and I say TV time is over, that its really over. Its time for something else. They also know that they will get TV time again later so they don't throw a fit.
We finally got her new ones in the mail yesterday. Lets just say I am pretty dang excited. They are just big enough they will last her a long time but not too big that she can't walk. They are also John Deere so they will last longer than she will actually wear them. I am certain she will grow out of them way before they fall apart.
I love how her calves are chunky. You can kinda see the chunk pushed out of the edges on the boots. Adorable.