Remember the good 'ole days? When your mom would yell at you to go play outside? Me, too. I wish I could do the same with my daughter. She's too young, of course, to go outside unsupervised. So I just wish WE could go outside. But with temperatures in the upper 90s and heat indices in the 100s, it just isn't happening right now.
My daughter doesn't seem to realize she was born in The South, and will likely spend all her formative years here. After five minutes of being out in the Florida heat, she is beet red and soaked in sweat. Another five minutes and she is panting like a dog. So in this record-breaking heat we've been having, we're not spending a lot of time outside.
Which means we're spending it inside. Which is starting to get to both of us. We are suffering from a serious case of cabin fever. The other day, my daughter went to the back door and was whining to go out on the deck. I told her it was too hot (heat index of 110 that day.) Whining turned in to a full on tantrum. And then, she ran into my bedroom and began to empty the contents of my unmentionables drawer all over the floor.
There are plenty of fun things you can do inside. Play at the baby gym we belong to. Story time at the library. Play dates. Tea parties. Dance parties. But I think we are both missing the things you do outside. The zoo. The park. Even walking through the neighborhood, which we did every day with our dog in the good weather. We are missing our daily dose of fresh air.
Not even a trip to the pool is refreshing; the water is as hot as bath tub. It rivals our hot tub. It's miserable. I can fill my daughter's baby pool with cold water daily. She loves it. But while she plays in it, I have to sit and swelter. Not really something I enjoy.
I'm going a little crazy. And this is only my daughter's second summer! Moms, how to do you keep your little ones entertained, happy and properly stimulated when the mercury rises? What kinds of inside activities would those of you with experience recommend for an active 19 month old? Please help! This mom is suffering!
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