7 Ways Working Mothers can help in their Toddler’s Development

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For a young mother, working full-time and raising a child is like walking a tightrope across a 50 story building. Juggling between a job that you cannot quit and a child that you have to raise is not easy. The feeling of guilt of not being there for your child combined with the stress that a modern day job offers is a lethal combination and can even affect the overall development of your toddler.

A lot of young working mothers that we have interacted with always doubt their ability to raise a child. Most studies also point out in this direction, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Working mothers make great parents and a lot of modern day studies point out that the children of working mothers are more successful and independent compared to their peers.

So here are 7 ways you can help in your toddler’s development

Spend Quality Time with your Toddler in the Morning or Evening

The mornings are perfect to spend some quality time with your toddler. If you have a young toddler between 12-18 months, then you can aid in their physical development by playing throwing, pushing and pulling games. These games not only help in physical development but also aid in cognitive development along with improving their coordination skills. Alternatively, if you are busy in the mornings, you can plan all of this in the evenings.

Arrange Play Dates and Plan Activities

Given the time constraints that working mothers have to face, this can be difficult to arrange. But by taking a day or two off from your work to arrange play dates with other toddlers, you can help your child develop cognitive skills and make them used to new people and teach them valuable skills of cooperation and sharing.

Keep your Weekends Free

Weekends might be the only time you would get for yourself but we urge you to keep it reserved for your toddler. Spending quality time with your child by helping them climb, jump, push and pull, along with providing them with toys that aid development are some of the proven ways to bond with your baby.

Have a Special Story Time Slot

Stories have a magical effect on toddlers. Not only do children get to know what books are and how they work, but it also helps shape and develop their reading skills and vocabulary building. Always read the story out aloud and let your child play with the book so that they get familiar with it.

Listen and Help Develop their Language Skills

Children, just like adults, understand when someone is paying attention to what they are saying. At such a young age it is important that you listen to what they are saying. This helps in developing their language and communication skills.

Make them Independent

After 24 months toddlers start seeing themselves as individuals. This is the time as a parent you should start giving them more independence. Make them do things on their own, like putting on their shoes or letting them play on their own.

Ask them to assist you in Household Chores

As your toddler gets independent, a great way to spend time with them is to ask them to assist you in minor household chores. Let them clean up that chair or dust that bookshelf. This is a good activity which helps them become responsible.

Working mothers needn’t feel guilty of spending less time with their children. In fact, when your child will see his parents getting ready for work every day, he will one day share the same enthusiasm and respect for work and career as you do today. But do remember that whatever time you have outside work,  try to dedicate it for your child.

If you would like to share your opinion or tips for other working moms, please leave us a comment below. Thanks!

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  1. Jessica Romano November 19, 2015 Reply
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