Hi, I stumbled on this section of the forum a few days ago. I guess I'll come right out and say it, though, that I think I need a few encouraging words. Our boys are 4.5, 2.5 and 1.5, they're loud and don't play well together, but I'm hoping that will change. I'd love to do half the things in the "100 things to do instead of watch tv" thread, but some of them don't seem very do-able with younger kids.
My kids don't like being read to, though the oldest will take books and read them himself, and the younger 2 will look at pictures. We can't go outside unless DH is around (sleeps during the day) because they don't listen and so I can't handle all 3 at once where they could run off. We don't really have anywhere to do crafts right now - we're working on our school area. I've tried baking with them but someone always gets into something they shouldn't while my hands are full already.
Can my 1.5 year old even participate with board games? I'm not sure even my 2.5 year old could, and the oldest would get mad that the younger 2 were ruining it. I used to be able to get away with painting or playdoh for the older 2 while the youngest napped, but he's not taking naps anymore.
Maybe it's just their personalities, or my lacking as a mom, but it seems we have a long way to go for a lot on that list to be do-able. I'd really like to start January 1st, since it's a more definite date and I'll have a bit of time to get my ducks in a row, so to speak. I know that once our school room is set up, we'll have space for these things and be busier, therefore won't have time or be less inclined to turn on the TV.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't mean to sound like such a downer, but it's just another thing on my list that seems pretty unattainable any time soon.