Avoiding Vacation Insanity: How to Keep Your Kids Out of Your Hair
School’s out, the office is closed and your babysitter is away. Looks you like you are going to have some serious family time on your hands (whether you like it or not)!
But what does one do after your little angels have gotten bored with their holiday gifts (usually takes about 24 hours before they kick them to the side or they break them)?
Here, I offer up some suggestions:
1. Pawn the kids off on someone else. HOWEVER - if you can’t convince your neighbors to have your kids over for a playdate, then get your two families together and help the kids put on a show (magic show, talent show, one act play) Old Halloween costumes, cardboard boxes and makeup you don’t wear can all come in handy.
2. Plan a treasure/scavenger hunt. Give the kids a “map” and somehow incorporate cleaning up into the directions. Like – find your next clue under the pile of dirty socks I’ve been asking you to pick up for days. Note: Make sure said children don’t uncover anything embarrassing in your room (like your newly unwrapped vibrator) while they are hunting.
3. Baking and cooking. You have to do it every day – but baking and cooking can be a novelty to your little ones. Make dough (and by make, we mean open a can of ready-to-bake) for pizza, pie crusts or biscuits. Order Chinese food in for you and your hubby so you don’t have to eat booger filled calzones for dinner.
4. Visit your local firehouse. After the kids have burned your house down while making above baked items, plan a trip to the fire house. Local stations are more than happy to give impromptu tours. Kids can try on hats, meet station pets and explore trucks while you flirt with the chief.
5. Watch old movies. Introduce your little ones to some classics like the original Willy Wonka, The Wizard of Oz and the original Doctor Doolittle. My kids can’t even understand the concept of sitting through a commercial without blazing through it on the DVR, so be prepared to answer some questions about “the olden days”.
Any other suggestions for stuck at home moms?