Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Northern Virginia
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Do they play with neighborhood friends? I rarely entertain my kids, even when they were younger. And they rarely always did stuff together. When they were younger we did walks on our trails- we would spend an hour meandering around. I would just stop when they stopped and wait while they turned logs into motorcycles or turned over rocks. I, too, didn't want to spend tons of money so if we got sick of the trails around our house, I would take them to various county parks. One park near us had the merry go round run for free during the week so the kids would spend a LONG time riding it.. maybe you have something like that near you? I also visited like every playground in our area. We even packed picnics and I looked up cool playgrounds that might be an hour drive away and we'd check out those.
I'm lucky that I live in the DC area so lots of free museums. But many cities have a free museum day at least once a month. Are there museums near you?
When I was feeling uninspired to go anywhere, the kids always were happy playing at home. They played in the baby pool, played with water guns, built forts in the woods out back, they even took boxes- turned the hill muddy and went "sledding" in the mud. It's amazing what kids can come up with when they are "bored". Inside I always had glue, markers, craft supplies, the dreaded glitter, etc. We made playdough. They helped me bake bread and cookies. I played more Hi Ho Cherrio than I ever care to play again. heh. Sometimes I drank coffee and watched them play. Sometimes I did household chores. Sometimes I studied because I was in college.
I have to edit to add that I am an avid reader to my children. We would get STACKS of books at the library and I would read to them. Somtimes they would get into a chapter book and we'd finish an entire chapter book in one day. DD1 and son would always listen. DD2 was a little young, she would usually play around me and occasionally she'd ask me questions so then I'd realize she was listening, too!
Now they're basically 14, 12 and 10 and so they all do their own thing. They just need me to drive them somewhere occasionally. We'll still hit the museums and they will bake (they don't need my help anymore) and they will be expected to help me with housework. I love every age, but it was a little more fun when they were teeny!!!
Married, working mom to son (almost 15), DD1 (almost 13) and DD2 (11). Oh, and badnewf, a nonobadbordercollie and 3 black cats.
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