to be stuck for ideas for tomorrow?

(63 Posts)
cjt110 Fri 01-Apr-16 12:12:13

Usually, when DH is working, I do something with DS and my Mum. Sometimes it's simply just popping round to see her for a few hours.

Tomorrow, she is having her garden done which involves digging, leveling, laying a groundsheet thingy and spreading 2 tonnes of gravel.

So I don't really want to take DS round in case he gets in the way/under people's feet. I don't expect my Mum to come out as she will probably want to be in because of the garden being done (it's my brother and his friend doing the work so she may not be fussed and be able to come out).

So I am stuck for what to do with DS. I can't seem to find anything on my local newpapers website for events on over the weekend, and due to suffering with depression and anxiety, I get a bit fidgetty in new situations.

Can anyone make any suggestions? We're in West Yorkshire btw

formerbabe Fri 01-Apr-16 12:20:08

Do you have to do something major? Cant you just wander round the park, feed the ducks and then get home and do some drawing/games/lego?

Squiff85 Fri 01-Apr-16 12:21:11

My plan with my two today is walk to the park, lunch, pop to the shop then crafts and pizza with a movie. Doesn't have to be fancy x

cjt110 Fri 01-Apr-16 12:22:41

formerbabe No, nothing major, but something that will take up part of the day. The local park is huge which is great but I'm worried itll be packed because of it being the last weekend of half term.

IamaBluebird Fri 01-Apr-16 12:23:59

If it's a nice day could you take a picnic to the park with your ds. Any National Trust gardens close by. Hope you both have a lovely time whatever you decide to do.

cjt110 Fri 01-Apr-16 12:26:26

Forgot to mention, DS is 20m old. Pretty certain he would also do 1 of 2 things if I took him to the park. Either leg it in any direction but where we need to go, or 2, stand there and bawl his eyes out because he doesnt want to walk. Been there, done that. Makes me nervous just thinking of it sad

It's forecast to be A cloudy start with patchy rain continuing, this clearing to the north through the morning with some sunny spells developing. Light winds. according to the BBC.

MrsLeighHalfpenny Fri 01-Apr-16 12:26:34

If it;'s family doing the DIY, DS might enjoy watching and "helping", as long as he's not too young. How old is ie?

Do you have to do anything at all? Can you just chuck him out in the garden to play for a bit?

If it's wet, what about cinema?

MrsLeighHalfpenny Fri 01-Apr-16 12:27:58

Just seen that DS is under 2, so probably not up for "helping" then.

But you really need him to learn that he can't leg it in any direction in the park. Tomorrow might be a good time for the first lesson!

SaucyJack Fri 01-Apr-16 12:29:38

What do you want to do? How old is DS- is he old enough to express an opinion?

In the nicest possible way- 'ave a bit of a word with yourself and chill out :-)

There's no need to stress this much over where to pop out for the afternoon. Contrary to FB memes- not everyday needs to be lived as tho it's your last.

LizzieMacQueen Fri 01-Apr-16 12:29:50

How about swimming or a 1/2 day at soft play.

KayTee87 Fri 01-Apr-16 12:34:56

Baking in the house followed by dvd/game/book
Park / picnic
Garden / picnic
Soft play
Cinema
Local mum and toddler group
Cuddle in bed and dvds

IamaBluebird Fri 01-Apr-16 12:36:26

Could you take the pushchair for when he doesn't want to walk and one of those little backpack things with a rein. Maybe you'd both enjoy a bus or train ride somewhere local.

givemushypeasachance Fri 01-Apr-16 12:38:11

Do you have to make it a thing to "go and do something" - if you're anxious about taking him off somewhere on your own then what about mooching at home, building a den using a clothes horse and a blanket, painting with water on the pavement/patio/wall, playing with plastic toys in a washing up bowl of bubble bath, having a picnic in the garden, finger-painting, playing with a bowl of cooked cold spaghetti...

cjt110 Fri 01-Apr-16 12:41:36

^ 'ave a bit of a word with yourself and chill out :-)^ This! I know sad I can feel palpitations at the thought of being on my own with him as it is.

Might take him to our local village park instead where the swings etc are more enclosed that the bigger town park.

Soft play fills me with dread, especially as he's in that in between stage of not wanting to play with the 0-2 stuff but is too young to play with the bigger stuff, and what with it being the weekend, it'll be likely have bigger kids in there. Not that I'm creating any obstacles here

MaxPepsi Fri 01-Apr-16 12:45:46

Where exactly in West Yorkshire are you CJT if you don't mind saying?

And do you drive?

sadie9 Fri 01-Apr-16 12:48:52

You could give him just a playtime bath with plenty of toys, pouring stuff and messing about, that'll take up an hour and he'll love that. Then give him his lunch. He probably has a nap around lunchtime or so. You could go to the park for an hour then. Then back home, it'll be nearly time for tea then. You could buy a balloon on a string or some bubble mixture for him to follow the bubbles (ok buy two or three bubble mixtures). Then at home you can put him in the high chair and give him something to do there like eat some chopped up fruit or mess about with some other toys.
The day goes quickly if you put in even a couple of things in to do. I get the feeling it's more you being a bit anxious about being with him on your own.
So think more about the actual things you can do, rather than how you might feel doing them. Because you are letting 'how I might feel doing them' dictate what it is you can do and can't do. You could even write out a plan for the day. The time will go faster than you think.
You might enjoy the day with him on your own.

mrsmeerkat Fri 01-Apr-16 12:50:49

what about simply making rice Crispie buns. little picnic lunch.

library visit either and coffee shop of you want out.

mrsmeerkat Fri 01-Apr-16 12:53:33

I hope you are ok op. I have two toddlers and I think it is ok to give them some wooden spoons and pans and give youself downtime. don't give yourself too much stress.

cjt110 Fri 01-Apr-16 13:04:11

MaxPepsi Huddersfield and yes I do drive.

I get the feeling it's more you being a bit anxious about being with him on your own. YY as I often find he will have a tantrum and I find I cant cope/calm him.

I like your version of my day sadie

mrsmeerkat I'm ok. I'm breathing wink

BarbaraofSeville Fri 01-Apr-16 13:07:30

^Where exactly in West Yorkshire are you CJT if you don't mind saying?

And do you drive?^

Question I was going to ask too. Weather isn't going to be too bad, so you just want somewhere he can run about for a bit and go on the swings/kick a ball around etc?

Temple Newsam
Roundhay Park
Shibden Park Halifax
St Aidens Woodlesford
Sculpture Park
Rothwell Park
Newmiller Dam
Sandal Castle
Pugneys
Lotherton Hall
Harewood House
Otley Chevin
Cannon Hall Farm
Saltaire and the little train thing
Huddersfield swimming pool with slides

One of them has to appeal and be near you? smile

BarbaraofSeville Fri 01-Apr-16 13:09:32

Oh, I now see your update - some are a bit further away than Leeds/Wakefield area.

cjt110 Fri 01-Apr-16 13:09:50

They all sound really far away Barbara But I'm sure theyre probably not. I'm in Huddersfield incase you missed it up there.

cjt110 Fri 01-Apr-16 13:10:14

Yep Barbara smile

BillSykesDog Fri 01-Apr-16 13:11:07

How about the Sculpture Park? That's massive so it doesn't get packed.

cjt110 Fri 01-Apr-16 13:13:38

For just a run around etc? I could do. And I'd likely enjoy the drive too. Last time we went in January it was super muddy

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