As any dad will know, the day the children arrive is the best day ever. Luckily, I have two amazing boys that I love more than anyone or anything on the planet. Still, that doesn’t mean that being a dad is easy. Looking after the terrible two has been, at times, the most difficult job I have ever attempted. Luckily, over the short time I have been a dad, I have picked up a few tips on how to keep the kids quiet.
Well, at least for a little while. Anyone who can keep them occupied all day long is either a liar or a God!
Get Out The House
Recently, I have found myself staying in a lot more with the kids. That isn’t because I am lazy and throw them in front of the TV all day! My youngest son only came to us in April, and he still needs to stick to a strict routine. As a result, it is hard to find things to do that pass the time, but that don’t pass too much time. My tip to all you stay at home dads out there is to get out the house as much as you can. Even if you are dragging them around the shops, it should be enough to keep them busy. And, hopefully, it will tire them out, too!
But The TV Is A Good Option
I don’t like to turn on the television all the time because I don’t want them to get into bad habits. But, while I make lunch or have to run an errand on the computer, the TV will do the job. Obviously, I try to keep it age appropriate and turn it off after half an hour to an hour.
Drawing And Painting
Kids love to paint. It must be the fact that they get it everywhere, and they cannot get told off! I don’t think I have come across a child that doesn’t love to paint or draw. I bought a couple of crayons and brushes the other day and the kids have been having loads of fun. Hopefully, they will grow up to be the next Da Vinci or Michelangelo!
Think Outside Of The Box
Kids are a lot more perceptive than they might seem on the outside. What keeps them occupied one day might bore them the next. There is absolutely no way to tell what will catch their attention and what will get tossed on the scrapheap. By planning one step ahead, you can always catch them off guard and surprise them. My favourite at the minute is magic, particularly street magic. Like all kids, mine cannot get enough of magic. Just by learning a few card tricks I always have a backup plan that brings a smile to their faces.
Cooking is a family bonding session. The kids and I like to rustle up some tasty treats for after dinner, and everyone loves the process. Plus, cooking teaches them a lot about mental arithmetic and following instructions, so it is good practice for the future.
Hope these tips help. If you have any of your own, don’t hesitate to get in touch.