Some days with children can seem to last forever. Maybe everyone is out of sorts. Maybe you are just so exhausted that you can’t think of thing to do with those little bundles of energy.
Here are some ideas to keep on hand when you find yourself in the middle of a loooong day:
visit the neighbors
invite a friend over
put huge pieces of paper on the kitchen floor, let the kids “paint” with shaving cream or cool whip
let ’em wash the dishes for as long as they want to
stick them in the bathtub with measuring cups and a turkey baster
watch build-kids-up shows like Signing Time, The Tales of Beatrix Potter, or LeapFrog
read, read, and then read some more
play, “The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers” over and over again (nap time will arrive early that day)
play any music! It’s always a mood changer.
have a tea party
give ’em a ball of yarn and kid-scissors
give ’em a roll of masking tape
let the kids text emogjs to your husband, your mother, your father, your sisters, your brothers,and your estranged cousins 🙂
do the laundry together (mere babes will sort darks and lights, put wet clothes in the dryer, AND sort underwear and socks)
give kids a plastic baby doll, a couple of cotton balls, a wash cloth and a small bowl of water for baby’s bathtime
make towers of blocks. Then, get out the remote control car and crash the towers (a recent discovery in our house)
make collages from old magazines or coupon fliers
take pictures of things around the house that begin with different letters of the alphabet
watch every single Hallmark ecard before sending one to your hubby/ daddy
make a fort under the table. A flashlight would be fun!
Hang in there, Mama. You’re going to make it today.