Do you remember being a child, crying and then getting furious with your mother for suggesting you were upset due to being overtired? While I’m not necessarily an old hand at this whole parenting gig, three kids have taught me there is a lot of truth to the idea. We’ve spent time in the pool, on the beach, and visiting tourist destinations like Dixie Stampede. This led to a serious case of crankypants and the kids weren’t happy either.
Today, the skies opened up and the rain poured down. After a quick dip in the pool, we put on our comfy pants and settled in for some serious, guilt free vegging. We don’t have cable at home, so the older two were thrilled to watch Dora while I goofed off on the computer.
While playing tourist keep meltdowns at bay by sticking as close to a young child’s schedule as possible. A skipped nap might not be the end of the world one day, but don’t expect a toddler to keep up for days on end. You’ll both be miserable. Obviously most kids won’t tolerate being cooped up for days on end, but one afternoon may be a welcome break. It’s OK too spend some time doing close to nothing. Children need time to process your adventures, give them a chance to wind down and give yourself a break from playing camp director. As an alternative to television, consider any of the folowing:
- audio books
- board games
- jigsaw puzzles
- dollar store toys
Tell me, Home Eccers, what do you do to keep kids from going crazy while giving yourself a break?