How to Have Fun when Married with Toddlers: 13 Steps
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Get creative to have fun with toddlers in tow.


Once upon a time you used to stay up all night with your spouse, going to shows, clubs and dancing until sunrise. You still catch a sunrise or two a week, but that's because your toddlers are calling, crying -- or doing anything but sleeping. Don't let parenthood prevent you from having fun with your spouse alongside your tots. Plan and execute a regular schedule of family fun and turn special moments and outings into priceless memories for all of you.

Steps

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    Research online to find a nearby zoo, wildlife rescue, exotic animal ranch, butterfly preserve or aviary. Pick something that interests you and your spouse and the kids will feed off your excitement.
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    Talk with your tots about your upcoming animal adventure. Go to the library and find a few books covering the topic of your outing. Teach your children to make various animal sounds.
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    Pack up the car on excursion day as if it were a date. Make a picnic lunch for the family but pack something extra special for you and your spouse, such as Caprese sandwiches, like those you enjoyed on your Italian honeymoon. Now, if that doesn't bring back all the glorious memories of life as a couple! Bring a picnic blanket and toys.
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    Arrive at your destination and enjoy a day where the kids can run off some steam among the animals and the parents have fun learning new things together. Even if it's a repeat trip, focus on learning new things or take a behind-the-scenes tour that is age-appropriate for your toddlers.
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    Research bike paths in your city or within driving distance. Although bike lanes can be used, they are not as safe as bike paths.
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    Choose a riding apparatus for your children, whether it's a bike trailer, rear or front mounting bike seats or child-sized tandem bike attachments that hook onto your bikes.
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    Apply sunscreen before hitting the road for your family biking adventure. Dress the children in wind-resistant clothing or bring these with you.
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    Fit your preschoolers with helmets. Explain the safety requirements for riding bikes and remind the children that they cannot unstrap their helmets during the ride.
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    Bring water and snacks for a planned rest stop at a park or meadow along the way. Let the kids stretch their legs and run around before returning home.
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    Plan a family day at the aquarium to give your tots a firsthand look at aquatic life. Many cities across the country have aquariums or marine life centers within driving distance.
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    Generate excitement about fish with your tots. Tell you children that fish breathe underwater and cannot live without water. Read books about fish. Show your children pictures from the aquarium online. Teach your kids to make fish faces.
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    Bring a stroller for tired little legs. Pack snacks -- like fish-shaped crackers --and beverages. Gotta keep the little ones well fed!
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    Take turns pushing the stroller with your spouse so you can each have a little time to peacefully read the information about the various fish in the fish tanks. Enjoy the tranquility and stress-free wonder that comes from watching all the different species of fish.

Tips

  • Hook up with another family with kids in similar age brackets as yours. Choose neighbors, schoolmates, church friends or extended family. It may take a few tries to find kids and parents that all get along well together. Swap daytime kid-sitting with the other family -- head to lunch or a matinee movie -- from time to time, if your tots feel comfortable with them and can handle being without you for a couple of hours.

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