Playing outside, top tips for turning Tears into Smiles

With the weather brightening up by the day my daughter and I are spending alot more time outside.

We tend to walk everywhere, by walking I mean we leave the house with a plan for the day and the timescale – well there isn’t one.

We love going for long beach walks and throwing pebbles in the sea, or a picnic in the park.

But our latest favourite is playing in our new garden.

Hoop garden toy
We’re learning to throw hoops over the correct colours

The fresh air helps with burning off her energy and getting her to settle at bedtime.

It’s all fun and laughter until we have a tumble.

Usually just a minor bump or graze, sometimes she even dusts herself off and carries on.

My top 3 tips for turning tears into smiles:


My daughter’s tripped over her own feet, bumped her knee etc.
In an instant it’s all very dramatic for her, she’s not hearing me, it’s a shock to her.

Getting down to her level (or getting her to come to me) and saying “your okay, but you need to calm down and tell me what hurts”, usually stops the dramatic crying/ screaming.

In To

Now we’re both calm we can now communicate with what’s happened and how to ‘fix it’.
Most grazes we run under a cold tap or wipe with a wet wipe.
Sometimes a plaster is needed, a special picture plaster, or even if it’s not really necessary can help the situation.

Her special plasters

Then we have a cuddle and talk about why the bump or tumble happened and explain that everything is okay.
She likes to say sorry if she wasn’t being careful.
And some objects get a good toddler telling off if she feels that they caused her accident.


Her cheeky smile is soon back. A distraction like a small snack or drink of water soon takes her mind off her latest bump.
Though she may avoid the place that caused her pain for a few minutes after.
We won’t let it ruin our fun in the sun.

Disclaimer: This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast.

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