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Mommy Multi-tasking and Toddlers!

by Kelly Crawford

A mom’s got to multi-task, it’s just that simple.  And the more kiddos that are in the house, the more creative she has to be.  I’m always looking for ways to improve my efficiency and stay on top of everything.  Yesterday I wanted to do some light (and I mean VERY light) exercising, but it was hard to see where it was going to fit in.

The chores were done, we had done some reading and had listened to an audio on World History.  It was time for the older ones to do their written school work, and I find this is the time when I have to balance the little ones with the other things on my to do list.

While I don’t feel it necessary to set aside a specific amount of time each day per child, I do think it’s important to spend some focused time with one or two at a time periodically.  Sometimes that looks like an extended walk to the mail box with one or  a “nuggle on the bed” with a book, or a dialogue about mashed potatoes during  meal preparation.

In order to exercise and stretch a bit AND work in some toddler time, I called my two youngest into my bedroom with me to give the others some quiet time.  We first sat on the floor (stretches) and sang “He’s got the whole world in His hands” and a few other fun songs that I think I have forgotten to teach them 😉

Then, we stood up and marched to “Father Abraham” and yes, that constituted my exercise for the day…(hey, I take what I can get–I marched really big, OK?).

But the smiles and laughter and shining eyes during those few moments tied heart strings.  And that is time well spent.


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Lucy T October 16, 2009 - 12:17 pm


Rachel October 16, 2009 - 2:16 pm

Multi-tasking, very necessary around here. Four children ages five and younger, the youngest only being four weeks old, we know how to do this well. Last night I was nursing the baby, making dinner, and quizing my second oldest on the Bible story we read earlier. (You should see my killer bi-ceps from nursing baby in one arm and doing something esle with the other at the same time 🙂 Maybe I could make a nursing mom workout video, you know, in my spare time!

Word Warrior October 16, 2009 - 2:35 pm


LOL! Grand idea.

Heather Cinotto October 16, 2009 - 7:24 pm

Kelly, can you share what “photo program” you use to edit your photos? I love the effects you use! Thanks, Heather

Word Warrior October 16, 2009 - 8:59 pm


Thanks! I use Print Shop–I really like it too. My dad bought it for $50 and we installed it. BUT, I just did a quick search and found a link that looks like the same program, free for 3 uses and then only 19.99.


Kelly L October 16, 2009 - 10:18 pm

so sweet…and even if you had ’em, you couldn’t take rock hard abs to Heaven anyway. Better to exercise with the little ones while you can!

Jessie at Blog Schmog October 16, 2009 - 10:59 pm

I just found your blog. Bless you! 🙂 I love this post and as simple as it may seem it made my week to have this reminder. I can’t wait to “excercise” and teach my 2yo some forgotten favorites!

Word Warrior October 17, 2009 - 8:23 am


I’m glad you found us–I think motherhood is largely about being reminded 😉

Rebekah October 17, 2009 - 11:57 am

Good idea and great reminder!

Charity October 17, 2009 - 6:19 pm

Such a sweet post Kelly 🙂 I think I should try the ‘Father Abraham exercise routine’. I figure if I can keep up with my three little boogers 3yrs and under then I’m getting plenty of exercise. (At least I feel better thinking that way 😉

shanie October 19, 2009 - 12:46 pm

i wish i could find it, but i read an article recently about how an active, involved mom is actually getting a very good workout! running with (and after)kids, lifting, etc are all ideal cario and strectch and muscle building exercises… so i think it’s funny that so many moms would rather dump their kids at a babysitter and pay to hit the gym!

shanie October 19, 2009 - 12:48 pm

ok, an addendum, i guess the ‘mommy workout’ isn’t going to give you angelina jolie’s body, so maybe we also need to work on our concept of ‘real expectations of beauty’? lol


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