A friend of mine is used to watching TV, but is now temporarily living in a place that does not have TV. Do you have any advice for her? I told her to "stay busy". (She has two daughters under 2.) Thanks!
Adjusting to suddenly having no TV
Staying busy shouldn't be hard with 2 children under 2! I only have one baby, and I can't do a fraction of everything I'd like to.
I'm assuming her babies didn't watch a lot of TV, so she's looking for suggestions for herself, not them. Here are some things I either do, or would do more if I had the time:
Read! Read! Read!
Learn about something new. I'm currently taking a Tarot self-study course (from a book I got from the library). It's been a lot of fun.
Cook & bake more.
Craft! Sew, bead, draw, paint, knit, whatever. If she doesn't already do one of those things, start learning how.
Do yoga. This can be done in a relatively small space in her home; she can learn from library books if a class is not an option.
Begin a meditation practice.
Thank you, SaguaroMoon! I will tell my friend some of your suggestions tonight and see what she says.
Tarot is out of the question because of our religion. The rest of it looks great though. I don't know if it's icy where she is (we're across the country) but I'm encouraging her to go to the library, not only to check her email but also to check out picture books she can read to her daughters (and any books she'd like to read too).
I don't know how much money she has for food. I do believe she is cooking though.
I don't know if she's open to yoga. I remember from a few years ago when we met that she is great at stretching though.
Your help is appreciated! :)
I agree with reading. If she's looking for activities to do with the children, read to them, do art projects (clay, glue and glitter, coloring, painting, etc). She can make 'paints' with water and food coloring. We did that on occasion. You can make so many colors!!
My son also loved puzzles, mazes and legos. Even before 3 years old.
We went for walks everyday, when he was young. We walked at the mall if it was too cold or pouring rain. I never had any trouble with him wanting to buy something at the mall, simply because we were there so often. I would just suggest we see if he thought about it at home, and consider it the next time we were at the mall. Usually he hadn't thought about it, so didn't want it.
Then there's singing!
Add cooking and baking and there's not enough time in the day.
Hope this helps.