Because we all need to stray from our routines every once in a while…
Make a “Whirly” — Take a drinking straw, make a loop of paper and secure it to the straw with tape. Make a slightly smaller 2nd loop and secure that one too. Throw it across the living room and watch your child smile…
Mess-Free Paint — Use a large freezer bag, put in a few contrasting colors of tempera paint and tape the opening with ducktape. Let your child smear his/her way to happiness!
Naked pictures — Admit it, it’s cute!
Make a fun breakfast for breakfast or dinner! — waffles with chocolate syrup and sprinkles??? (mix a little agave with cacao powder for healthier, no-high-fructose-corn-syrup chocolate!)
Let them play a few minutes longer — Face it, by the end of the day you’re looking forward to putting your child to bed and sitting down for 5 minutes in quiet. But let them stay up a few minutes longer, let them play in the tub for an extra 5 minutes, read an extra story. Create some memories, let them enjoy themselves and suck it up!
Exercise with your child — My baby is a year old and has no idea what exercise is. But I love to put him on my legs and do ab workouts, lay him down and do push-ups over him (kissing him on the forehead each time I lower), every kid loves jumping jacks, “race” to the kitchen or up the stairs…relax and have some fun!
Give Back — Throughout the month, I put together food, baby, and house items into a donation box. At the beginning of each month we take the box to a local women’s shelter. I want my son learning from a young age how important it is to give back to those who are less fortunate.
Have a TV-free day — I’m home alone with my son all day, so I love tv as some background noise. But every once in a while I’ll leave it off and read to him throughout the day, turn on the radio, babble with him, and allow myself to be the sole source of entertainment!