Rain, rain, you’re welcome to stay


October 11, 2013 by Caroline Mincks

Despite the weather causing some congestion and a constant need for rainboots which I do not own, I have to admit that I am partial to cloudy days. I find them soothing after a glaringly bright summer – in fact, I usually go around and turn off all the lamps on days like this and enjoy the gray glow. And, of course, I stay in my pajamas all day, curl up with tea and a good book, and take a nap or two.

Oh, wait, no, that’s what I did before I was a mother.

Rainy days can be a challenge with a toddler. Ethan absolutely loves to be outside, so these cool and rainy days frustrate him. He expressed that this morning by patting on the front door and placing my hand on the doorknob, looking at me with those big brown eyes and clearly asking why in the world we couldn’t go play with sticks and rocks like we do every other day. “Mommy is a wimp” isn’t really an acceptable explanation for a 19-month-old.

I’ve been trying to find new ways to entertain Ethan on days like this since this time of year is often pretty gloomy where we live. Check out today’s attempt (please excuse the blurry pictures…it’s nigh impossible to get a clear shot of him these days)!

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I taped down some pieces of paper and set out Ethan’s crayons, thinking he might find it fun to draw on the floor without actually drawing on the floor. The fun lasted for a few minutes, and then Ethan realized it was WAY better to rip up the paper and stack the crayons on the TV that really needs to go into storage, but which stays there because it amuses him so much. And then he went and got a jar of peanut butter and played with that for a while.

…I guess as long as he was entertained, that’s what really matters…


2 thoughts on “Rain, rain, you’re welcome to stay

  1. When my son was about that age his favourite thing to play with was a drawer of tupperware. It would entertain him for hours. Taking out the containers, putting them back in, taking them out, putting some back in, putting himself in, hours I tells ya! I’m a big believer in the philosophy of “so long as they’re safe and entertained, it doesn’t really matter what they’re playing with”

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