Keeping Toddlers Occupied

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Keeping toddlers occupied involves making sure they are fed and rested, pulling out a long-forgotten toy and experimenting with new songs and games. Find new and exciting ways to keep a toddler engaged with parenting advice from a clinical psychologist in this free video on child care.

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Hello I'm Dr. Deborah Wheeler and I'm the Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Argosy University at the Salt Lake City Campus. I'm also a Clinical Psychologist and the topic today is how to keep your toddler occupied. This is a real challenge for parents especially if you are out in public or looking for something fun and different to do with your child. One of the first things you can do is pull out a long forgotten toy. If this toy has been put away the next time you need it as a distraction for your child it will work wonderfully. Have something that you know they like and play with, put it away for a few days and when you pull it out again this will be something new and different to distract them. You can also distract toddlers with fun songs and games. You might want to dance or sing a silly song or make up something with them on the spot. Toddlers can be distracted simply by pointing out something new and different that they haven't seen before. Find creative ways, sing, dance, laugh, run around, have a good time with the child. You will be able to distract them easily. You won't be able to distract them, however, if they are hungry or tired or uncomfortable so address those issues first if you find your child is needing a little bit of distraction. If you would like some more information on marriage, family, child therapy tips you can contact us at


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