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she’s taking it really well but massive mum guilt over here. Any tips or tricks on activities we can do to help pass the days? Have a 5 month old at home to

Posted anonymously, 10th June 2021

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  • I think we all have a bit of mum guilt! Wish we could do more with the kids but can be hard. When my youngest naps, that’s my special 1 on 1 time with the older one so she feels special

  • Any simple activities where she doesn’t have to use her arm (e.g. drawing, colouring, possibly some building duplo one handed). I’d try and limit the physical stuff unless it’s just going for a walk.

  • It happens! Have your own special time when Bub naps. Do things she enjoys as well

  • Please don’t feel guilty, accidents do happen. My children have suffered a few broken bones in their time. Children are very resilient & adaptable. Once she get used to it, she will likely be doing everything she would normally do.

  • Try having a day spa at home together :) we do a footbath, face masks and then I paint my little ones nails a fun colour and do their hair with fun hair clips (he’s a boy but still loves it). It’s a fun thing to do that lets your daughter sit back and relax, and is so much fun for bonding.
    Throw some enya on while you do it and enjoy some quiet time with your daughter. And don’t feel bad! Accidents happen.

  • Oh mumma – plse don’t feel guilty. Accidents happen. And kids are kids!
    For the broken arm and cast – kids and toddlers adapt so much easier than we think! They’ll come up with ways to do things with their other arm and they generally cope so well. After the initial pain has subsided then most activities are fine. Recommend getting a waterproof cast if u can – sooo much easier than trying to keep dry in bath/shower. Also no stress about activities around water or moisture. And comfier for the child.
    A sling is cast is too heavy for your child, but honestly toddlers will adapt so quickly and it’s almost as if they forget. Theyre quick healers too. Hope she’s better really soon.

  • Oh that’s awful poor kid, try not to have to much mum guilt as hard as that is. You can fashion a plastic cover for the cast and do painting, or mess free painting (paint in a large zip lock bag with a piece of card), you can do sensory play with stuff like coloured rice, cooked coloured pasta, dry pasta, beans ect (look up sensory tubs), do some cooking, let her chill out and watch some of her favourite cartoons, duplo blocks xx

  • We really love painting with just water on concrete or wooden fence. It’s something both your kids can enjoy or there are also messless reusable books you can buy that use water in a pen to bring up the pictures on the cardboard then they dry and go plain white again. My daughter loves them.

  • Omg…I feel so sorry for your daughter and you as well…

  • Is it the dominant arm? A game can be made out of using the other arm.

  • Hope she is recovering well and you’re able to cope !

  • my daughter broke her arm when she was 6 . they couldnt put it in a cast (it was top of humerus) so it was just in a sling which meant it wasn’t protected and therefore she couldn’t go to school for a LONG time, being in the car also hurt her so we were at home most of the time. We did alot of puzzles, read alot of books, movies, colouring with other hand, she helped me bake carefully. Dont feel guilty either, accidents happen!

  • Don’t feel too guilty – I assume it was an accident, and it’s hard to avoid them completely. Is she right handed? Coloring, drawing, super simple craft activities would still be a go. Or dancing to the Wiggles.

  • Aw bless your wee girl ! But don’t feel guilty ! Toddler fractures are most common in children in the early years of walking – 9 months to 3 years, often caused by stumbling, tripping, twisting and falling.
    Hope she recovers well !

  • Did she break the arm that she uses most or the other arm? As if it’s The other arm she can at least do simple things like painting and colouring but if it’s the arm that she uses most maybe you can treat her to a movie session or you guys can go get your nails painted together and have some ice cream or a hot chocolate after. Make it like a girls day out where you both get pampered.

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