5 Things to do When Your Kids are Driving You Nuts

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Wednesday was just one of those days. You mamas know what I’m talking about. Days when the time seem to slow down to a snail’s pace. You think for sure you’ve been playing with your kids for at least 4 hours, but when you look at the clock, it’s been 12 minutes. Days when your kids won’t play nicely together and seem to be rotating though screaming, fighting, hitting, and arguing…over and over and over!

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I looked at our clock, and it was still 3 hours until my lifesaver, my hero, my relief, Dada, would be home. It was way too hot to go outside, we couldn’t go to the pool, and we’d already had way more than the recommended screen time for the day.

What’s a mom to do? (Besides pour a nice tall glass of wine.)

Here’s my go-to list of 5 things to do when you’re kids are driving you nuts.

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Fun Volcano Kid’s Activity

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We had a wonderful low-key 4th of July! We hung out at the pool, ate tasty food, and went to a cook-out at our friends’ house.

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As far as celebrating goes, we didn’t feel like traveling far or fighting the crowds to see fireworks. But we did see an explosion – right in our front yard! We did a super fun volcano kid’s activity, and I’m not sure who enjoyed it more – the kids or my husband!

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5 Tips to Make Playing with Your Kids More Enjoyable

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I can’t be the only one out there who doesn’t really enjoy playing with their kids, right?

Am I alone in this?

Let me back up a minute before the haters start hatin’.

 

I love my children. They are the sunshine in my life. I love exploring new places with them, playing outside, taking walks, traveling, going on adventures, doing puzzles, cooking together, doing crafts together, and watching movies with them.

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But sitting on the floor in the playroom all afternoon?

No thank you. Not my idea of a good time.

I can’t be the only one who feels this way! In fact, I think playing with our kids for hours is a relatively new thing in our society. I’m sure Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Ma was way too busy milking the cows, washing laundry by hand, and baking bread from scratch to sit down and play with Laura and her sisters for hours. And all I saw Betty Draper do on Mad Men was sit in her kitchen and smoke. Yes, I know it’s just a TV show. And her kids didn’t turn out well anyway… But you see my point!

So with all of that being said, if you’re reading this and you’re the type of mom that loves nothing more than playing dolls, legos, and action figures all day – that’s great! Props to you, mama! But I’m not that type of mom. And please don’t judge me because of it.

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I’ve learned over the years there are a few things I can do to make playing with my kiddos a little more bearable.

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Rustic Fairy Garden Kid’s Activity

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I was shopping at Michael’s a few weeks ago and saw they were having a half-off sale on all of their fairy garden accessories. They had a few pieces that were labeled “rustic garden” and they reminded me so much of my mother-in-law! She loves rustic/antique things. I decided to grab a few and have the kids help me make a rustic fairy garden for her for Mother’s Day.

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Strawberry Picking at Washington Farms

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One of our favorite spring activities is strawberry picking at Washington Farms, a local strawberry farm.

The kids love running up and down the rows, filing up their buckets and sneaking a few of the fresh-off-the-vine-strawberries. After a few minutes, their clothes and fingers are stained with strawberry juice. And of course, I love cooking and baking with the berries. Strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, strawberry salad, strawberries with cream, strawberry jam bars – the yummy possibilities are endless!

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