Yes, those last couple of hours before Daddy comes to the rescue are probably the most challenging of the day. Everyone suddenly seems to desperately need Mommy and Mommy just needs to cook the flipping potatoes.
I’ve been trying to lower the stress factor of cooking dinner with toddlers underfoot by doing more meal prep earlier in the day and including my older one in the cooking process as much as possible.
However, my old standby for an afternoon attitude boost is definitely fun music and a quick dance party.
Not only is salsa dancing (badly) to the Gipsy Kings with my baby guaranteed to bring joy, I also find that a bit of concentrated Mommy fun time is often enough to tide them over while I chop the veggies.
The following are some fast-paced favs, useful for inspiring dancing (of all types and qualities) around the kitchen.
An Afternoon Playlist
(With links for sampling)
- Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash :: An intriguing man with a redemptive story, a classic tune
- La Montana by Salvador :: In college, I would listen to this too loudly on repeat for too long. Sorry, roomies.
- Your Love is a Song by Switchfoot :: Switchfoot’s always a fav
- Always by Switchfoot :: See above
- Sinnerman by Nina Simone (Felix Da Housecat’s Heavenly House Mix) :: I’ve tried, briefly, to analyze the lyrics. I think I’m better off just enjoying the beat.
- Like a Song by U2 :: Circa 1983. From one of my favorite U2 albums.
- Something in the Water by Brooke Fraser :: One of Bun’s favs
- Baila Me by The Gipsy Kings :: Go on, try not to dance. Good luck.
- Volare by The Gipsy Kings :: See above.
- Hurricane Season by Trombone Shorty :: Reminds me of New Orleans. Good for chopping veggies to.
And there you have it. A bit spicier than the morning hour’s playlist, but necessarily so.
What are some of your fast-paced favs?