Mutterings of a Fool

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How to survive a day of solo parenting with toddlers

The lady of the manor left for work at 6.30am this morning and won’t be home until 9pm tonight which is a long shift for her and also Β long shift of solo parenting for me. Especially when Henry decided the day should start at 5.30am! These days always make me a little apprehensive, the lack of match practise means you don’t know the routine perfectly and you’re always outnumbered.

So how do you survive a day with 2 crazy toddlers? Well after literally years of experience as a dad now I’m going to share my top 3 tips for surviving a day of solo parenting with toddlers.

  1. Ensure you have a good selection of episodes of Postman Pat recorded and ready to go whenever either you or they need 15 mins chill out time. Just enough time I’ve found to make a cup and tea and go to the toilet before they realise you are missing.
  2. Fill the fridge with cheese and milk; I’ve found very occasions where you can’t pacify a toddler with a piece of cheese and/or a glass of milk. Our 2 are currently obsession with Babybel’s which they also insist on opening themselves. They smugly sit there thinking they’ve won because I’ve let them do it but it adds at least a couple of minutes to the time it takes them to eat it and therefore the peace I get. If the offer of milk and cheese doesn’t work then an episode of Postman Pat does (see point 1).
  3. Ensure you get at least 30 minutes of glorious, toddler tiring fresh air. There is something magical about a run around outside that seems to suck up all that crazy energy that toddlers have. Much like Bracken needs a walk every day I find taking Matilda and Henry out has a calming effect on the day, especially if you do it in the morning. Besides who doesn’t want to jump in some puddles with their children?

Given that this is how our Saturday looked today; you might be able to guess why we chose this house when I tell you we were never more than 100m from the house. Love that we can bring them up in the countryside like this.


  1. Your little looks like a vicer of dibley moment could happen anytime soon in that puddle photo! I miss the countryside it really is wonderful to get out there. Lovely and thanks for the cheese and milk tip, how I got to six years with one and know that tip is beyond me πŸ˜‰

  2. So true about the magical powers of some fresh air! I had a day on my own with my two recently and have another one coming up next week and a walk round the block is a staple of such days. That and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. πŸ˜‰

  3. sabrina montagnoli

    February 2, 2014 at 9:43 am

    So jealous of where you live! So true about the great outdoors and kids. We have been stuck inside with the chicken pox and everyone’s patience is now wearing very thin! Looks like you managed a great day with your two.

  4. You live in such a nice place, I had to look twice at the bull πŸ™‚ brilliant tips. Z loves cheese strings and will happily sit for a few minutes stripping it to bits.

  5. Sarah @apartyofseven

    February 5, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    ooh food looks good! think you did pretty good super dad! πŸ™‚

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