It’s easy to get caught up in everything going on this time of year. After all, we don’t want to miss out on anything, from pumpkin patches to trunk or treats and fall festivals, and we certainly don’t want our children to miss out on all the fun. So, how can we make the most of picking and choosing which activities to do, instead of overwhelming ourselves trying to do EVERYTHING?
As a general rule, we only do one event per day. So, no running to the pumpkin patch in the morning, squeezing in a nap on the drive to a fall festival before going to a trunk or treat. Sounds like a recipe for meltdowns and disaster with toddlers and preschoolers!
Instead, we maximize the events we go to. We take our time, and, as much as possible, let our children lead the way. Literally. If I’m fortunate enough to go with my husband, this works quite well. One parent per kid. But, if not, the kids take turns deciding what to look at next, which is also good practice for them. How do we maximize our time at each event? Well, we’re there for the kids, right? So we make it as much about them as we can. We go at their pace and we notice all the details.
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