A Day in the Life: Meet @biffandi and familyAdmin
For this series of A Day in the Life, we are following along with @biffandi and family. Trystan shares details of Leo's day: Here is Leo eating breakfast. He is a very picky eater right now, so it's pretty common for us to provide colorful, fun foods for him to eat/play with. Raspberries are a big hit, so we usually incorporate them into every meal. We don't feed him anything too different than what the rest of us are eating, so we usually all end up eating a lot of raspberries. He's allowed to eat what he wants to, choosing from the healthy options we offer him. Just as we expect the big kids to clean up after themselves, Leo takes his plate to the sink when he's done eating. He wishes he could be more engaged in the dish-washing process, but we've found that he's just not old enough to load or unload the dishwasher yet. But soon he will be, and he'll be thrilled about it! After eating breakfast and getting the big kids off to school, Leo sits down with Biff and plans out the day using refrigerator magnets. This helps boost Leo's concepts of time, order, and organization, and helps him feel empowered to plan his day. Sometimes Biff reminds him that they have music play group or are going to the playground with a friend, and other times Leo chooses to go to the museum or to Nana's house. It's a collaborative process that gets them working together as a team, which is critical for a stay-at-home parent (as Biff is). After heading out and about for the day (Biff often has chores like grocery shopping to do, which Leo likes to help with). Biff and Leo then pick up the big kids from school. Both big kids usually like a little "down time" after a day of learning, so Leo tackles a low-key activity with Hailey, like this kinetic sand sensory kit Biff scored at a local craft event. It's one of the things that a 2 year old and a 9 year old can do together - building, cutting, patting, and more! The big kids go outside to play, and we clear everything away from Leo's play area and debut a new Monti Kids toy, the Cylinder Drop. We looked at the video ahead of time so we would introduce it correctly, walking Leo through the toy's processes clearly and slowly. As soon as we turn it over to him, he understands what he needs to do to make it work! We couldn't believe it! He spent time problem-solving the shapes, getting the correct size into the correct slots, not giving up when frustrated (and we managed not to step in to help him, nor did we encourage him when he got it "right"). It was so awesome to see him try something, realize it wasn't correct, then fix it. And the look of triumph when he pulled out the slide to hear the cylinders crash to the bottom... priceless. The Cylinder Drop toy is included in the Monti Kids subscription box for toddlers ages 23-28 months. Finally, after dinner and bathtime, it's toothbrushing time. This one is a hard one for us, because Leo wants to brush his teeth on his own (since he gets to do so many other things on his own) but let's face it - a two-year-old isn't a good "toothbrusher." So we work with him to let him do a first pass. Then one of us helps make sure he gets those back teeth. Once he's done with his teeth, we do one night-night song and it's lights out for Leo! For more inspiration - follow @biffandi on Instagram.