Tuesday, July 14, 2009

waiting

I took this photo today while Adelaide and Elliot were patiently waiting for me to get into the tub. To me, bubble baths together are the perfect solution to those time I'm feeling a little bit fried, or the long monotonous times when I'm just not sure what to do with Adelaide. Im sure all parents know exactly what I'm taking about!

Elliot rarely ever misses a bath time - it's one of the rare times that he'll actually get out of bed. He really likes to sit on the edge of the tub and every so often have a sip. Adelaide calls it his "tea"!

What do you do with your little ones when you just don't know what to do anymore? I'd love to have more tricks and tips stored away safe in the back of my brain!

33 comments:

barb said...

Since my son is only 13 mos I do exactly what you do, either run a bubble bath or go in the hot tub. When he is older I think that I will bake with him - I find that it usually de-stresses me, hopefully it will have the same results with a two y/o!

Casey said...

oh my goodness, that is the cutest picture ever. and even your bathroom is great, all the white! i don't have kids, (yet) am expecting one this december!

Holly said...

so cute! i want your cat, he seems perfect

Heather said...

Today I was outside pulling weeds in my garden and left the water running. My 3 yo son loves to run through the water and get soaked. I love the extra time to keep working, and I always know where he's at because he's always screaming because the water is cold, or it gets him in the nose, or something. It's fun to watch too.

Amy said...

My son loves to "paint" the house with a paintbrush and a bucket of water. Simple, but very entertaining.

Anonymous said...

My contention is always that no matter what is wrong with me or my child (who is now 16), "just add water" is the best advice - be it a bath, a sprinkler, a pool, a hose, plastic cups and a bucket - endless options. It will snap you or your littles out of whatever funk or rut you're in. - katrina

bink & boo said...

Lately I have been getting up at 4 a.m. to get some work in before the little one wakes at 7 a.m. (6 months old) and it leaves me a little pooped in the early afternoon. When I want to lay in bed and just relax I bring him in with me and just tickle him and teach him to sit up. It allows me to be a little lazy, but Bronson loves the time with his mom. I love that when they are young they just want to be with you and have your attention. It's very demanding yet rewarding. His laughter and smile tend to bring me the extra energy that I need.

P.S. Such a perfect picture.

Amber said...

That is so sweet! I still use that trick with my 7 and 8 year old. But it isn't nearly as often as it was. Now me pull out board games or all the craft stuff or make rice crispy treats.

Anonymous said...

My little girl is only a few months younger than yours. When times get tough, we run around the house yelling. I chase her with a pompom from my college days and we scream at the top of our lungs.

I have also been trying to teach her to dance, so we turn on music and have a dance party.

Susan

Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves said...

Books on CD or stories on LP.... if i put one on in my son's room... he disappears into another world. this week in the texas heat, his escape has been Charlotte's Web... he sits and listens and colors or draws or just sits on the floor and relaxes... been doing this since he was two and he is four now.

we take the CDs out from the library and I burn them onto my lap top... I buy vintage kids albums at thrift shops... his favorites are the maurice sendak and carol king album "really rosie" and shel silverstein's "runny babbit".

Jodie said...

On a really really bad day, we all hop in the bath, keep our hands out of the water... and then we eat chocolate... doesn't happen very often, but it works a treat.

the dipe squad said...

Your precious Adelaide looks so much like you in this picture! What a cutie pie! Elliot makes me giggle. He's taking bathtime very seriously.

hudsonny said...

mine is 15 months and lately we've been sitting on the floor in the kitchen playing with homemade playdough. we stick it to everything and have a blast.

love elliot - i miss having a gingery cat. instead now, i have a lovely husband with morbid allergies, but it's a good trade. ;-)

Jennifer said...

My son is 20 months and lately I have been giving him options... "do you want to color?" "do you want to go outside?" "do you want to play with trains?" This weekend I couldn't find anything that would get a nod until I asked "do you want to jump on the bed?" So we cleared everything off the bed, put the pillows on the floor beside(just in case), turned on some music, and we jumped on the bed!

Renee said...

When mine were little I'd let them go "Swimming" in the tub. They would get their swimsuits on, I'd put little toys that were heavy and would sink to the bottom. I'd give them the little goggle and snorkel sets so they could explore the treasures at the bottom of the tub. So fun! My baby is now 13, so it's been a while.

Featherglen said...

Go outside! That helps me so much! But if that's not possible, then a great mood changer is having a story together. Reading seems to soothe all of us, and the cuddles and closeness remind me of why being a mum is brilliant.

dharmaflyer said...

We make a den - lots of pillows, blankets and pegs. If it's a sunny day it serves as a sunshade. If it's a rainy day then it's an indoor tent. We made one in my little boys bedroom yesterday and he slept in it, with his sleeping bag and pillow, all night!

nikki r said...

first of all you have such a beautiful little family. every time i visit.. i smile. i got our idea from cookie mag i take out dry goods (oat meal, noodles, sugar, lentils etc..) and just let them cook. when i have enough energy and don't mind the clean up i add water and food coloring. it's a blast and keeps every one busy for at least an hour. we also would not make it with out charlie and lola.

Cassandra said...

Hey Sharilyn
I do not have children of my own, but I was a nanny for a few years for a family of 5 children. A lot of times I couldn't even begin to think of things to do...so, we would get in the car and I would ask "Who wants to go on an adventure?" Or adventures consisted of going to home supply stores to look and imagine that we were building a house and what colors of paint and such we would use. We went to tour chocolate factories, we also went to museums and to the park and the beach. Now with having so many outdoor adventures, some times indoor adventures were just as grand! We built forts with blankets and pillows, we would play hide and seek, and of course they loved to help clean and bake. We started writing our own songs and stories and had lots of fun. I hope you are fealing better!

Samdang said...

Hi Sharilyn!

Mother and daughter time - they are always special. Asking our kids "what they want to do with mommy" as their special time is always memorable to them. Sometimes we get so busy thinking that we forget to ask what "they" want. Whether in words or showing their actions as answer - you'll be surprise! Most of the time they end up with suggestions with activities that MOM likes :)

Making of a Montessori Mum said...

We have trays of water and sand, some containers, buckets etc. Away she goes on her own easily for 30mins to an hour...sometimes more!

Cushions, blankets and other soft things at the end of our hallway. She runs and jumps on them numerous times. And then they are great for lying and giggling on.

Walking, walking, walking. Even on cold, windy days.

Ransacked Goods said...

I was eager to read other peoples suggestions and there are some good ones above. I totally agree that water is one of our favorite activities... watering plants, feeding fish, getting really muddy. We take my daughter's baby doll for walks and she shows her the neighborhood and "tends" to her. For indoor activities stickers are really popular, baking and measuring, painting toenails, hide & seek. Lately we've been heading out to the car parked outside and just sit in it up front together and make up adventures - loves it.

Fiona @ Feebeez said...

Playdough and a packet of goggly eyes. Oh the things they create with that. Keeps them going for ages. The latest craze is 'biscuits' with eyes in them. The distraction only works if they can have my cooking trays/muffin tins etc.

Rice or beans and some measuring spoons, jugs, funnels etc. Creates a mess but a quick sweep fixes things quickly. Be careful of the age of your kids and choking hazards. To reduce the mess, set the supplies up inside an inflated dry wading pool.

Pedicure time :) with lots of foot soaking.

Scavenger hunt. Search for colours, shapes, things that start with a certain sound or a certain letter.

Treasure hunt. (Cleaning the house in disguise). Find objects out of place and put them where they should belong.

Cleaning the windows or washing the walls. Something iinvolving a bucket of water!

Shaving foam in a tray for 'finger painting'.

Kathe said...

I no longer have a baby to bathe with, but I find still, when I am feeling "niggily, unsettled, bored or itchy...take a bath! It just helps me settle. I vote also for baking, setting up a simple tea...our cat was always invited or snuggling in front of a wonderful movie.

travelingmama said...

I was looking for your e-mail but I couldn't find it, so I just thought I'd leave you another comment. I just started a new series on my blog which features creative spaces. I was wondering if I could have your permission to post photos of your space? Thanks so much!
Tina (aka Travelingmama)
www.travelingmama.net

PS I love taking baths with my kids to relax too!

captivate me. said...

what and adorable photograph!!! Sooo cute :-)

Upbeat said...

My 2.5 year old daughter loves a plastic spray bottle with the nozzle on fine mist. Her squirter. We fill it with vinegar to clean the windows - she squirts, I wipe, completely low energy activity for me and the house gets cleaned too. When the weather is good, I fill it with water and she sprays the leaves/plants/ground - hours of entertainment. A little spade with 2 buckets and some dirt is a good one too - filling, emptying, filling again.

Susana Estevam said...

I think that is the best solution! Or give him the paint and paint brush so he can get really dirty! Or even better do something very silly so you both can have a good laugh!
One day I had one of those moments the radio was on, "Billy Jean" came on I started dancing, the baby laugh, so I laugh and after that things were better!

unha said...

hehe. so cute.
i do the same with my kids.
but tub is small for all of us!
so i put j + a. :)

we sometimes make a "castle" out of couch cushions and fatboy beanbag. and we just roll around.


stay cool!

xo

Amy said...

Today my three year old and I cleaned the house while the baby napped. He helped squirt the vinegar/water solution on the windows and wiped it off with a paper towel. Mostly he was the dispenser of cleaning products, but it was still a productive and fun way to pass the time together.

Amy said...

Today my three year old and I cleaned the house while the baby napped. He helped squirt the vinegar/water solution on the windows and wiped it off with a paper towel. Mostly he was the dispenser of cleaning products, but it was still a productive and fun way to pass the time together.

glenn said...

Go outside, go for a walk, bake or cook, do puzzles (very calming for my 3 year old), play and snuggle on the bean bag, and make up stories along the lines of the children's book "If you give a moose a muffin" except we insert their names and preferred treat (If you give Ian a pancake...) and then have them contribute to the plot. Puppets dancing to music are also regular tricks around our house, too. Have fun!

Ponto e Art said...

Congratulations... your pictures are so beautiful.. :)