A Little Break
I am constantly engaging with my children. Of course I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but from the moment we awake we are always interacting. I don't drop them off at school (we school at home) or daycare (I work at home). They play sports, but I'm at every practice. We even have to go to Costco as a family, because we have to fill two carts, meaning the kids tag along. We truly do everything together.
Like I said, I'm not complaining. Instead I say all of this because keeping my kiddos busy throughout the day certainly has it's challenges. Especially when we're done with our studies and it's raining outside. Sometimes the TV seems to be on way too much. Can you relate?
I’m happy to say that I’ve been introduced to some great resources for helping to keep my children's minds active when I need a break. Instead of making myself feel guilty for the small amount of time that I set aside for myself, I'll sometimes set my kids (yes, even the younger ones) up at the computer, or with some great books, close-by, when we’re not busy with family activities.
Here is one of our favorite sites:
OneMoreStory.com: One More Story is an online library of some fun classic and contemporary children’s literature. The site doesn’t replace “real” books, but it is perfect for times when I’m busy. The great thing about One More Story is that it can be utilized by both pre-readers and early readers, which means it’s perfect for most of my kiddos. Josh and Ben can choose a book, see the illustrations and have the book read to them, while the I Can Read It mode allows Julia to mute the sound, but lets her click on an unfamiliar word to hear that word spoken by the narrator. This site provides a great way for my kiddos to independently explore literature.
What are some of your favorite ways to keep your kiddos busy when you need a mini break?