23 Ways to Tire Out Your Kids for FREE

I don’t know about you but I have very energetic gals.  Some say just like their Mom; I say like their Dad!  But either way they get bored at times so we get creative on how to wear them out so they release all that energy in time for sweet, sweet bedtime.

Here is our list….

  1. Go for a walk
  2. Hop on hippity hops
  3. Go to a playground
  4. Walk through the zoo
  5. Go to the pool or beach
  6. Take a bike ride or scooter ride
  7. Go on a bouncy house or bounce on the bed
  8. Play a game of tag
  9. Kick a soccer ball around
  10. Turn the fans off so they sweat to death
  11. Run through the sprinkler
  12. Jump on a trampoline
  13. Chase bubbles
  14. Wrestle
  15. Play hide and seek
  16. Let them help drag the hose to water the plants and yard
  17. Take a hike
  18. Have a scavenger hunt
  19. Dump a bag of 50 plastic balls in the yard and have them each collect a color as fast as they can
  20. Teach them to hula hoop- hysterical!
  21. Have relay races
  22. Play dodge ball or baby
  23. Just go outside!  Rain, snow, sun….just go!

Or you could just rent Steve for the day and do one of the following…. get tossed, walk the plank, indo board, or almost die in a baby pool.

You decide.  What am I missing?  What fun the summer brings but most of these you can do in the chilly temperatures also…most I said.
Before you leave can i steal a vote? Kindly appreciate it!

Thirty Minutes of Freedom

This weeks listicles is “ten ways to spend thirty minutes!”  How fun is that?  A barrage of ideas came to mind, none of which were true like getting a facial, reading a book, or taking a slow stroll because realistically I would feel guilty and start scrubbing the kitchen, folding laundry, or organizing seasonal clothes.  Boring!  I know!

Earlier today I was standing in the kitchen doing the dishes as the girls were having lunch and I turned to them and said, “what would you do with 30 minutes?”

As both of them looked at me I realized that they have no concept of time; I’m still not sure that they know what “running late” means.

So I rephrased the question, “what would you do with 30 minutes (the length of a Dora show) if you knew Mommy wouldn’t get mad at you?”  I was trying to get some truth.

They started in quickly and I wrote as fast as I could.

  1. H-PLAY!!!
  2. L- Sing
  3. L-Dance
  4. H-eat- dinner and food  (I’m glad you clarified that you would eat food)
  5. L-have a party with balloons (high hopes/standards- let’s lower them a little)
  6. L-she pauses and says,’ I’m thinking of a good thing to do.”  Then she says ‘Clean Plates!” (odd since they hadn’t been in trouble yet today about cleaning)
  7. H- drink water, apple-juice, orange juice, grape-juice, whats that red stuff? Oh yeah Gatorade, fruit-shakes (L whispers what about lemonade) oh and lemonade. (she honing in on her abilities to handle college)
  8. L- put away stuff (again not in trouble but gonna be for all this lying)
  9. H- NOT eat those sour strawberries you bought (you asked for them)

And that is where it ended.  It is a funny list as H wants to revolve her time around food; probably because I was feeding them while L wanted to live it up but in a clean and tidy way.

So I guess for number 10 I will say I would love to read a magazine, page by page, in my rocker on the front porch with an ice cold beer!

Here’s to some sunny weather, the end of the semester and love in the world!

I’ll take this as my view on my leisurely stroll anytime….

toddlers on bike

What would you do?  Anything similar to the other wonderful bloggers on Stasha site today?