Who made you their Personal Entertainment Center?
Oh that's right. You did.
That's what happens when you try to make yourself into Little Miss I'm So Good With Kids instead of kicking their as§es outside.
>>Who did that? Maybe the person that hovers over them too much to give them a chance to develop responsibility. Thou.
give them a treat...send them to peza's..they'll come back different kids
Nothing; Seriously, You'll be lucky to get five muinutes alone. They just love there mommy, thats all. Send the older one to the park (with a freind of hers if they are mature enough) or ask their freinds mom if they may come round and play at her house.Then plonk the youngin infront of the telly. Sounds harsh, but there favourite programme will keep them shut up. Also the fun had gone out of being a child, put on a heavy duty coat, slip their wellies on, strap them up, give them a jar/ plastic bag each, and send them out. Let them find bugs and study them or else collect leaves and grass or flowers and let them make a collage when they get home. There is so much they can do independantly if you make sure they absorb them self. My favourite thing to do, is tell them you need enteratined when you have done your housework, tell them to go put on a show, make up a dance or play for you, and tell them to practice it and they can preforme it for you later. Remind them you will give them a prize if you enjoyed it. It's all about make them independant, its fun to spend time with your kids, but if you trust them, letting them do things alone gives you so much time. ALSO, it's all no negotiation, they do what you say, and thats that. I have locked, yes. Locked, the eldest out once before, I told her house was of bounds until I had finished my art work ( i use the entire kitchen floor so walking in an out is an annoyance.) It is not crulety, if they really need in, to pee let them, or if it exceptionaly cold, though when i was wee, i used to huddle up to the tumble dryer vent for warmth. But yes, your kids, im just giving tips, feel free to adapt to your needs.
My mom used to tell us, "Go FIND something to do, or I'll GIVE you something to do." By that, we knew she meant that we occupy ourselves, or we would end up vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the bathrooms, etc.
Strangely enough, we always found something to do!
Give me some art supplies and a stack of paper, and i was a happy camper. My kid brother was all about Legos. I remember my mom giving me an embroidery hoop and some cloth one day to let me practice "sewing pictures". And then letting us play with her cookie cutters with Play Doh. Learning how to occupy ourselves was valuable, though.
I feel for you....the 6 year old would be more difficult. I always liked naptime when my son was very young. He's been cooped up this last three days too, and being autistic, has no "hobbies". But he doesn't complain either.
Good luck. There will be a thaw.
aww.. you sound like such a good mom.. i wish my mom did things like that with me... im sure you can get your work done and they can watch a movie or give them a project to work on together that does not evolve you... you can have them surprise you with a project you give em to work on together... good luck!
1. wall paper a room with news print
2. clothe children with old dirty no good clothes
3. give them an ndless arry of messy stuff
4. lock the door and run away
Actually it's your option all together. You have to remember they are kids so if you through them outside they will use thier imaginations to come up with all kinds of games outside. I understand a lot of parents don't like thier kids outside without supervision but if you can make sure they stay where you can see them or try having them check in with you every five mins or so, then that in itself will become a game. Or you could make a game out of it and have them help you with the house work. they won't be much help but they will be busy and not bored and you can get something done.
send em to choir-practice
I see human services coming after me for this someday....
Smack them hard, and lock them in a dark room for twelve hours.