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I recently surveyed a bunch of moms and started addressing the issues that they told me they were having. Last week we addressed social media and motherhood.
This week we are going to address one, that actually really resonates with me. Someone mentioned,
“how do I entertain my children when I am exhausted but don’t want them watching TV all day.”
Now I know this depends on how old your children are. For some reason, we as moms now feel like we need to entertain our kids 24/7. Do you remember back in our day? I do not EVER remember my mom making sure we had “activities” and entertainment set up. We were locked outside from sun up until the street lights came on.
I 100% believe this is why our little assholes *ahem* I mean, kids are so entitled now. Why do we feel like we need to entertain our children? Don’t they have imaginations they can use? How will they learn to have fun without you if we are constantly up their butts?
Now, I know that the world is different. I would never send my son out on his bike and tell him to come check in every now and then. But, I will send him outback in our fenced yard and tell him to have at it. I’ll teach him to turn on the hose if he gets thirsty. That’s responsible parenting, I’m sure of it.
I know we live in a Pinterest world where we feel obligated to make unicorn slime. (Let’s be honest that shit is awesome.) But is it really necessary to plan a project every single day? Especially the days where we as moms are so damn tired?
No. Mama, it is not necessary. Does your child have a room full of toys? Send them in there to play! If they won’t then throw those toys away. That’ll teach him not to be a little asshole. Does your child have a yard to play in? Send her outside. Tell her to use her imagination.
If you absolutely feel like you need something to plan for your kids, here are some EASY ideas. That are very “hands off” for you. These ideas will keep your kiddos entertained while still learning to be independent.
Six EASY Activities For The Kids
- Scavenger Hunt. Print this off and send your kid outside to complete the hunt. Easy as pie.
Adorable Photo From Little Big Blessings Doing The Summer Scavenger Hunt.
2. Washing Station. Yes, you will have to fill a bowl up with water but this will keep your kid entertained. (There are also eight other easy activities in this awesome post from This Toddler Life.)
My son doing the washing station. Isn’t he cute?
6. Side Walk Chalk. This super smart Mama from For The Love Of Mom, suggests putting your kid in a giant box and letting them have at it. HOW SMART IS THIS? Her post even includes seven other activities.
There, I gave you some easy activities for your little ones for when you are exhausted and don’t have it in you to be super-mom. Just try to remember Mama, they are kids. Let them be kids. They have imaginations, let them use it! You are NOT a bad mom if you don’t entertain your children. You are helping them become more independent, adventurous, and less of an entitled little brat.
If you want to try any of these activities but don’t have the right supplies I’ll make it easy for you. Just Amazon Prime those things.
Thank you for reading! Tell me in the comments, do you constantly entertain your kids? Tell me your ways!