Motherly Advice Week: Waiting Games

16 May

Moms dish out all kinds of things:  nutritious food, hugs on demand (and even when not on demand), kisses for boo-boos, and plenty of advice.  This week, I’m sharing some of the best tips I’ve found over the years.  I hope you find them helpful!

Motherly advice:  Once your baby becomes a toddler, it’s good to have a few “nearly-no-equipment games” in your back pocket.  Here are three of mine.

1. “I Spy” is a hit with all ages and can be played anywhere.
2. “I Spy in a Magazine” can keep a small child busy for quite a while. I like to use a parenting magazine for this, since there are plenty of pictures of animals, toys, children, food and cars in those. Then I sit there with my child and ask him to find the fish, or the soccer ball, or the red car.
3. At a doctor’s office, bring a small pack of crayons. My pediatricians don’t mind when the kids draw on the paper on the examining table. It’s put in the trash after we leave the room anyway. BONUS: it gives the pediatrician something to chat with the child about during the examination.

Need more ideas?  Check out 101 Activities for Kids in Tight Spaces.  This book is full of activities that will keep your child occupied when he can’t just get up and run around.  Some activities are best done at home on a rainy day; others are great for car trips or other travel, or while waiting for dinner to arrive at a restaurant.

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