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post #41 of 212
watching TV..we don't have one, but dd has noticed it other places--I just feel compelled to hang with her while she sees it in case there's something bizarre to her on it (seems to happen frequently) and I have to say, I want to rip my hair out after a few minutes of it.
post #42 of 212
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Originally Posted by crl View Post
I'm one of the cooking people. But it was shear necessity. DS hated to be left to play while I cooked. He wanted me to hold him all. the. time. So after I got a callous on my hip from holding him so much (really), I finally figured out that he would be content standing on a chair and "helping" me cook. Mostly that meant "washing" things in the sink or helping me stir.
I have backaches all the time from doing things with dd2 over my shoulder, but she's still too little to "help". Honestly, most of the time, I'd prefer the backache. Every time I've tried to have my kids help in the kitchen, I've almost gone mad. They can help bake, and they can help unload the dishwasher (actually, they unload, and pass me the dishes - the cupboards are too high for them).

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Anyway, I have no idea how people spend any length of time playing pretend games with their kids. It drives me insane. And I have no idea how people do art projects with their kids. I've always provided lots of art supplies and been fine with the mess. But DS' attention span for that stuff has been soooo short. I would spend more time getting paints out and poured into muffin tins than he would painting--not to mention the clean up time. I also have no idea how people go to places like Disneyland with their little kids. DS is easily overstimulated by noise, etc (as am I). He's 6 and I'm just now willing to even think about Disneyland. . . .

Catherine
I'm not good at pretend play, and I don't like Disney. The kids had fun, but it was pretty much an endurance trip for me.
post #43 of 212
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Originally Posted by sisteeesmama View Post
Like cooking, for example! How does anyone cook with a 20month old??! I don't mean cook dinner, I mean for fun, as an activity? I have tried it and wanted to fling the pan across the room!!!
When you cook with a 20 month old, the purpose is to go through the motions of cooking not to create food. For instance, lets say you make cookies. Normally, by yourself, knocking out a few dozen is pretty easy, takes maybe 2 hours tops. With a toddler, you're still going to take 2 hours, but you'll be doing good if you get 6 cookies.

It isn't "I need to bake and I'm going to involve my toddler" it's "I need to do something with my toddler, let's bake"
post #44 of 212
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Originally Posted by MusicianDad View Post
DD's Barbie went bungy jumping! Except the string always feel off when tied around her ankles so it was tied around her neck...
My DD really likes the Barbie movies..you should check them out..they are not what you think. Bratz movies are all about looking good and spending money but Barbie movies are all about being true to yourself and brave and helping your friends. Barbie(or the character she portrays in the movie)is always going on adventures. The new one coming out is cool...The Three Musketeers...Barbie changes from a gown into a fighting outfit with a sword.
post #45 of 212
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Originally Posted by sapphire_chan View Post
When you cook with a 20 month old, the purpose is to go through the motions of cooking not to create food. For instance, lets say you make cookies. Normally, by yourself, knocking out a few dozen is pretty easy, takes maybe 2 hours tops. With a toddler, you're still going to take 2 hours, but you'll be doing good if you get 6 cookies.

It isn't "I need to bake and I'm going to involve my toddler" it's "I need to do something with my toddler, let's bake"
Yeah - but some of us suck at that. I really have to be in the just the right mood. When I start baking, I want to bake.
post #46 of 212
Arts and crafts, definitely. I mean, drawing and coloring is fine but anything "bigger" and I get frustrated. Like others mentioned, he just doesn't care that much or for long enough for it to be worth it.
Anything where I have to interact with other parents! No offense to the other parents, I am just very shy and awkward so I always feel like I am going to vomit or something, haha.
I have not even tried cooking with my toddler. People do that?! :P
We'll see about sports but I have a bad feeling, heh.
post #47 of 212
haha cooking is what came to mind first. I hate cooking with my kids. I don't even like them to be on the main floor while i am cooking.
post #48 of 212
I don't like playing board games, like Candyland or Chutes and Ladders, or card games. I really don't like it!! Ds got a ton of games for his 3rd birthday and almost a year later I am ashamed to say that some have never even been opened. We bake and cook and do art projects and play Legos, but board games just kill me.
post #49 of 212
I have to pretty much say "ditto" to everyone's responses.

The worst for me is role play. I don't want to make every pony neigh. I don't want to have to hold a conversation between a lion Little People and a farmer Little People. I would much rather have them help me cook (although everyone has to be fed first or it will end badly).
post #50 of 212
I'm loving this thread. Here are two that come to mind for me:

-- Camping with an infant/young toddler (we love to camp otherwise)
-- Organized sports-- coaching, sitting on the sidelines, whatever, I just can't imagine enjoying that ever.
post #51 of 212
Dance classes, pageants, child spa day or anything else really girly. I can deal with everything else.
post #52 of 212
Watching tv, camping (my dp does it), swimming (my dp does it), and some sports, like soccer/basketball/golf/prolly some more. Child spa, I didn't know it excisted, but I so wouldn't.
post #53 of 212
Board games and listening to them read out loud. When they are first learning I literally have to keep work to relax my muscles it drives me so crazy, but even now that my oldest reads with an adult cadence, I am super tense and cannot stand when she misses a word or has to fumble for pronunciation. I hatehatehated listening to other people read out loud all through school, too, though. And I pretty much never like to play board games except for chess, go, and scrabble. Gee aren't I a bowl of cherries?

But I love to play pretend and do crafts and cook! We should do some sort of exchange.
post #54 of 212
Playing pretend. I hate that. Building things, playing outside, games, reading, whatever, I'm ok with. Pretend I haaaate.
post #55 of 212
It really annoys me how some parents think that buying thier children all the recent video games and systems and that is all they do all day long. My nephew does not play outside just on that video game all day long and at the same time he is failing school each and every year because no one makes him study. That really annoys me
post #56 of 212
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Originally Posted by savannah smiles View Post
Any type of Mommy and Me/Gymboree class where the parent is sitting down singing with their little one or helping them over obstacles No thanks! I waited until my youngest was three to sign her up for gym classes because that's when parent participation isn't required.
om I HATE those effing classes. And I am about to take my 22 mo old to one weds too. : She really needs excercise.

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Originally Posted by MusicianDad View Post
I just had to respond to this. Playing princess isn't always about only being pretty and nice. DD played princess a lot when she was younger. But said princess was smart, a fast runner and always heading off to save people from dragons and monsters and bandits.
Dude. Jane and the dragon. http://www.qubo.com/jane_show.asp


I don't care much what my kids play with - to me micromanaging their experience has gotten to be more annoying than anything. I used to care but now, not so much. Play what you will kids.


And also - feeding kids with a spoon. Little ones....who does that? LOL. I have never wanted to feed my child, except a boob.
post #57 of 212
I LOVE:

-Being a soccer mom(Didn't see that one coming)
-reading to my children
-going to the park, going swimming
-doing crafts
-setting up cool messy/sensory activities
-singing lots of songs
-going to the library
-Disney world
-Dance class
-going to performances
-Nature walks

I Dislike:
-pretend play (shudder)
-trying to clean while children are present, I get very easily overwhelmed
-Board games/cards=Arg!

I admit to freely sticking my children on the TV daily for my sanity.
post #58 of 212
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Originally Posted by kirstenb View Post
Listening to children's music 24/7. I find that I hate almost all children's music. DS has one or two CDs geared towards kids that I do actually like and don't mind playing, but I would much rather that we listen to adult music. I would claw my ears off if I had to listen to the CDs that gets played in DS's daycare room daily.
i agree wholeheartedly. HOW do ppl listen to children's music in the car????? we listen to our music, as long as there's not a lot of inappropriate language etc. and ds1 likes it. i'd much rather see him bopping his head to my Red Hot Chili Peppers CD and enjoy music WITH him than be trapped in the car listening to Barney for hours on end.
post #59 of 212
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Originally Posted by babymommy2 View Post
I don't get how people have really late bedtimes either. my kids sleep 12 hours/night, we are usualy up at 6:30 or 7:00 am. If we weren'tup until late morning I would feel like the day was half gone and wsted. Morning is when I like to get things done, afternoons are for relaxing. And on weekends if I want to sleep in until 8 am, the TV is my babysitter.
i am USELESS in the morning. i get everything done in the afternoon/night. i can't even think straight first thing. of course, my son chatters all day and gets grunts in return all morning...it just depends if you're a morning person or not. i have NO idea how to motivate myself to do anything before at least noon. i can barely even stomach food before 10 really. i wish my kids would sleep in; i would be SO much more useful to them if they let me sleep longer.
post #60 of 212
Organized sports. bleh. Unless it's something like tennis or golf.
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