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Entertain Your Kids Without Getting Up

Entertain Your Kids Without Getting Up

How to Entertain Your Kids When You Just Need to Sit Down

 

They’ve been fighting since breakfast, needing you to repeat everything you’ve said, you’ve crawled around pretending to be a horse and you’ve stomped through the house looking for Trolls because you’re a Burgen. You made it to Costco, Aldi, and Stater Bros. You’ve vacuumed (twice), mopped, picked up toys, and cleaned up the cat puke.

The littlest is napping and now you need to just sit down.

Here come the olders.

In search of entertainment via whining.

No.

Staaaahhhppp.

It never fails. When I just need to sit. When I just can’t move again, my oldest says, “What should we do mom?”

Break my heart why don’t ya!?

So, I came up with ideas to keep her busy and keep my butt on the cushion. I try hard to think of things that I can participate in without much participation. Sounds so lazy, but you all get me.

Even when they are both awake, there are times I just need to sit and watch. Or sit and not think.

Some days they are content with me just sitting on the playroom floor while they build and dance and play. Some days I’m the party clown.

One wants to watch Blaze and the other needs my attention.

There are a few tricks up my sleeve before I turn to Full House or the iPad.

Chores and Allowance, Where to Begin?

Chores and Allowance, Where to Begin?

Chores? Allowance? What, When, How Much!?

 

When it comes to allowance and chores, there are 3 ways parents seem to feel. They either love both, hate them, or want to give them a try but are so overwhelmed and unsure of how to go about it that they don’t ever bring it up.

Should my kids have a list of chores or should they just help when asked?

Are they old enough to do each item on their list without being micromanaged?

Will their “chores” create more work for me?

Should I give them a weekly allowance just for things they should be doing on their own?

How much do chores go for these days?

There are so many different ways to handle chores, normal routine, and allowances. It’s hard to sift through all the “suggestions” out there.

I do things a little differently.

Lately, my little beauty of a 6-year-old girl has been getting very upset and going to the brink of break down when we tell her we won’t be buying whatever it is she’s begging for that day.

This bothers me.

Just today she had a melt down at the park. As we walked to the ice cream truck I realized I didn’t have cash so I asked the woman if she was able to take card.

Nope!

And bring on the wail and forced cry.

Stop Telling Your Kids No…For Just a Day

Stop Telling Your Kids No…For Just a Day

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What kill-joys we can be as parents, right?

So many rules.

Don’t do that, do this.

No, you cannot have ice cream in bed. It’s 6am.

No, do not pull your sister’s hair!

Get the dog’s tail out of your mouth.

Sometimes I’m tired of saying no. I irritate myself with how much I nag day-in, day-out.

But seriously, why? Why does everything go right into his mouth!?

Why does the iPad need to come with us into the grocery store?

Every once in a while, I like to have a no-no day. I know what you’re thinking, “this is going to get out of hand really quickly”.

But as you know, I like to plan ahead. Because you’re right, a no-no could easily backfire on me.

I always tell my kids on our no-no day that I’m going to do my best to say yes to everything. Within reason, if it isn’t dangerous and it doesn’t cost more money than we can spend, it’s a yes!

If I let it be a free for all day, I’ll quickly become a liar.

The first thing out of my daughter’s mouth would be

“Let’s go to Hawaii!”

“Well, um, no we can’t.”

“But you said! Can we go to Disneyland then?”

“No,

Spend Time on You

Spend Time on You

You deserve your time, too.

We as moms spend so much time on everyone else. But what happens when we don’t take any time for ourselves? To reflect. To just sit quietly. To do something we once enjoyed so much.

Are you ok? What can I get you? Yes, let’s wash your snuggle blanket 30 minutes before bedtime, sounds like a great idea. Get in the car, we have to get to soccer practice!

It’s always go, go, go! By the time we get to sit down alone, we can’t even formulate a full sentence. Well, at least I can’t. Just ask my hubby, he’s laughed at my incoherence on more than one occasion.

I miss reading. I miss taking a bath with a good magazine. I miss doing craft projects.

Why can’t there be time!?

Oh, but there is. There is time, it’s just being spent on the mundane, easy to access things. Like, Pinterest and Facebook and Instagram.

Make no mistake, I am on all three of those each day! But do I need to be? Do I need to be planning extravagant black tie parties and decorating imaginary kitchens on Pinterest? Well, yea, sometimes that’s my unwinding time. Should I be so engrossed in the lives of others, that I forget I have a beautiful life of my own?

The simple truth is that we need to unplug.

My Diaper Bag Must-Haves!

My Diaper Bag Must-Haves!

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I hate running out the door at the last minute and forgetting something for the kids that they end up needing later in the day.

We get to a park playdate across town and I forgot my diaper bag. Or I forgot that the wipes were low and now I have to clean up the worst poopy with 3 wipes. Time to get creative right?

There’s always a friend to borrow something from. Or a store nearby, but who needs the hassle or extra expense?

I make sure I always have a stocked diaper bag in the back of my car. It really never comes inside my home unless I’m restocking.

And let me tell you, I’ve learned to restock the day I realize something is low. Because it’s always when I put it off that I forget and end up without something we need.

I’ve taken a lot of things out of the bag that we no longer need. My boy is 2 and my girl is 6. There are a lot of the baby-baby essentials that we just don’t need anymore. They’ve been replaced with the toddler essentials.

Here’s what I keep in the diaper bag.

  • Socks
  • Bib
  • Extra clothes for each child
  • Extra shirt for me (Eau de Spit Up is not my favorite scent.)
  • Wash cloth
  • Travel baby wash
  • Travel lotion
  • Travel powder
  • Plastic grocery bags (wet or poopied clothes need a place to go)
  • Dirty diaper bags (secret: I buy the dog poop bags from Amazon…soooo much cheaper!)
  • Wipies
  • Diapers
  • Diaper rash cream (I buy the Walmart brand,