Romancing the toddler

Wow. Three year olds are full on aren’t they? And boys are full on. And two of them are FULL ON. Add into the mix a weekend of rain and solo parenting, we were climbing the walls by Saturday night.

And then I tried something new. Something they recommended in the early days of babyhood, about the sounds and smells and general atmosphere effecting a baby’s mood.

So in a desperate attempt to turn the energy volume down a notch before something was broken (including me), I turned the lights lower, lit a load of candles in the kitchen and put on some kids folk music. In addition, while the boys were napping, I made some play dough for the first time adding essential oils of lavender and rosemary.

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The effort was well worth it. The mood changed and the building emotion of the day that had been escalating, eased. Incredible.

So next time you’re pulling your hair out, try a little romance to lift the mood!

Recipe I used for the play dough –

Mix together:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of Cream of Tartar
  • 3 tablespoons of everyday cooking oil
  • 3 drops of Lavender essential oil (or any oil – go easy on the drops!)
  • Optional fresh Lavender

Once mixed, slowly add 1 1/2 cups of very hot water (almost boiling) mix a little bit at a time. It will form into a ball when it’s all mixed.

I gave the boys a ball of dough each and some natural items to create with. It’s winter here so not much in the way of flowers but sticks, shells, rosemary, pasta shapes and lentils.

For the music, take a look at Naomi from (the utterly amazing) Boys Run Free, she’s put together a Spotify playlist of children’s folk music.

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And enjoy.

(Smugness of being the type of mother who makes her own play dough an added bonus!)