Our 6 year old doesn’t stop. Talking, moving, thinking, being. He is always going. If he didn’t look exactly like me I would question his origin. “Winter break is the worst” he exclaimed 20 minutes after he woke up on day #1 of break. He had nothing to do. No friends to play with or talk to. I am not sure how he, or I, survived those two weeks. I kick myself for just now coming up with my genius idea to keep my 6 year old busy.
He needs activity and interaction and stimulation. He needs something to do ALL. THE. TIME. To be honest, I get that. I need to be busy but I like to be busy myself. He likes to be busy with other people.
Last Friday night, as we entered hour #13 of Simon’s constant questions and conversation starters I could tell my husband was reaching his breaking point. Simon asked “dad, what would happen if…..?” before Simon could even finish his nonsensical question Nick not so pleasantly chimed in with “Simon, save some of you for tomorrow.” As if there were only so much of him each day before he ran out. There’s not. He could go on forever.
I love him for who he is. But, in an effort to keep him occupied and help my husband and I retain the little bit of sanity we have remaining I am constantly searching for tasks he can perform on his own that will keep him busy. Last night, I had my most genius idea in parenting yet and then I kicked myself for not coming up with it sooner. Oh well!
So, what was it that kept my over active 6 year old quiet, learning and excited for 30 minutes?
I know, right?
He wanted to play on my computer, which I never let him do. As a compromise I opened up a blank Word document and told him to practice typing words that he knew. Next thing I knew I looked over and he had a Bob book opened and was typing out the words and having a good ol’ time doing it!
I am sure the excitement will wear off eventually but for 30 minutes last night I didn’t have to answer questions about how to build a house on top of the tallest mountain in the world or why our fingers are longer than our toes or what would happen if our van only stopped on green lights and moved on red lights. Plus, he’s learning some useful skills.
What are some of your favorite unconventional ways to keep your kids entertained and occupied? Share with us, we love to hear from you.