A few weeks ago I was having a rough afternoon with the girls. “Rough” as in they were bored out of their minds and driving me crazy. All I wanted was for them to find a task to do that would keep them busy long enough for me to pour a glass of wine, and maybe have a sip or two! That’s all.
Out of sheer desperation I managed to convince them that picking all the purple berries off the two messy bushes in the garden was an awesome and extremely fun activity. After my post on the success of this activity, a few other people have suggested other genius ways of keeping the kids busy so you can actually
drink wine get stuff done, so I thought I’d pull the ideas together to share so that we might all regain a little bit of our sanity whilst getting a bit of our own back some household chores done.
So here goes:
- Make them pick the messy berries off the bushes in the garden. See here for proof that they did actually do it. This will buy you an estimated ten minutes of mom-time depending on the encouragement you shout for them whilst they’re doing it.
- Make them pick the daisies from the lawn! This will buy you around 20 minutes of mom-time, provided you have enough daisies. Thank you to Briony from AnyWayToStayAtHome.
- Make them match the socks up from the laundry basket! This is also a great learning experience for them as it teaches them matching and colours! This will last as long as you have socks to match. You might even consider getting your already folded socks from the drawers and separating them into the basket just to ensure you get the maximum mom-time you can. Thank you to Jacqui from Mommy’s Little Monkey for this one!
- Another great one is “Let’s see who can pick up the most stones from the flower beds”, although this one requires a few rules such as: ‘if you trample the flowers you will lose 5 stones each’ and ‘don’t steal each other’s stones – only new ones count’. This will give you around 15, maybe 20 minutes of mom-time.
- When they come and ask you where their favourite toy is, explain that they will find it if they tidy up their rooms and actually put the toys littering the floor away. Don’t forget to remove the favourite toy from behind the throw pillow you’re leaning against at the time, once they have cleaned up. To make them carry on looking after they’ve actually tidied up is just mean – you’ve had your fun. It’s really up to you how much mom-time this buys you, I mean how long can you take a plastic toy digging into your back?
- Never let them do the washing up. Ever! And then one day, when you really think you deserve it, make a grand announcement that you have finally decided that they are now ‘big’ enough to do the washing up. Present them with an apron, and a chair to reach the sink, remove all sharp, glass or ceramic objects – okay, just let them do the spoons and plastic stuff. Warning: You can only really use this one once, maybe twice so save it for a really long day … and you will have to mop the floors dry afterwards. But hey, you at least got to sit down for 10 minutes of mom-time AND the washing up got done … kinda, just let it go this once.
- Give them a bucket of soapy water and ‘let’ them wash their outside toys like the sandpit buckets and spades, their bike, the rabbit hutch, whatever really. Unfortunately this one is only suitable for hot weather, but it will buy you at least 5 minutes of mom-time before they empty the bucket out and start to cry. You will get 5 minutes per bucket – it’s up to you how long this one can go on for as long as you’re happy to keep refilling the bucket, alternatively just turn the hose on and go lock yourself inside (cos you know, your hair!), fill that glass and watch from the window.
Pleeeeze let me know if you have any more tips to add to this list?!
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