|Off on her journey|
It's so much easier to care for her now, even with tantrums, mobility and the discovery of naughtiness (as in, now she is capable of deliberately disobeying/breaking rules). This is actually the problem. When she was a small infant, she really needed my constant attention (after all, she ate every two hours! that alone was a full-time job). Now she doesn't: she will play by herself for hours on end, busily rearranging her books, toys and various household objects. And living in an apartment and with only one child, I just do not have enough household chores to fill up more than a couple hours.
|Climbing over a tree branch|
But sitting around watching little R do her developmentally appropriate tasks is just not enough mental stimulation (especially all day long; if it was just a few hours, as it is for working parents, I think I would feel differently). I need something else to do. What, I am not sure.
It needs to be something home-based, productive, and non-screen-oriented. Reading doesn't work very well because of the sustained attention problem. Too bad I don't know how to sew: I could take up clothes-making like a old-time housewife (this used to consume most of the female population's working hours).
So far I have dealt with this problem by keeping busy: we do at least one activity every day involving leaving the house. But it's only a stopgap solution. Honestly, I'm not sure what to do.