By Paula Thomas
When you watch the grandkids on a daily basis sometimes it can get a little hard to think of ways to keep them busy and do fun things with them. I have learned that kids don’t always need to be entertained. Taking them to the playground or for a walk is just as much fun as going to a bouncy place, entertainment play park, or something like that. Plus, the fact that I save a lot of money this way. Watching the kids playing gives me joy especially when they play well together. Now of course that is not always the case, but most of the time anyway.
I can give them a piece of paper and a pen, markers, or crayons and before you know it they have made some type of artwork for me or their parents. They enjoy listening to music. They play with cars, dolls, you name it. So then, I can take a break and not feel that I must constantly entertain them. Of course, if I am honest, I am happy when all four of them take a nap at the same time.
I don’t always get a lot of things done around the house when they are with me, but that is ok. As a grandparent, you put everything aside and just totally focus on the kids. I understand as a parent you can’t always do that. I know I couldn’t when I was raising my kids because I had to work. Taking care of nine kids wasn’t the easiest thing; especially when there are so many things to handle each day.
I recently ran into one of my friends. She asked me how I was doing. I told her I was busy with the kids. She told me that she, “did her time and no way will she watch the grandkids.” Not even for making memories. I guess my thought is how can you not spend time with the kids. I love being a grandmother!
For those of you who run out of options as to what to do with them, here are a few ideas:
Let them play with pots and pans
Have story time with them
Take them to story time in the Library
In the summer take them to the community pool
Let them use their imagination
Gets some crafts from Michaels and do projects with them
Built a fort with blankets
When they are all grown up you can look back and enjoy the memories you have made with them.
Meet the Author
Paula enjoys watching her grandchildren during the week. She loves the freedom she has to stay home and do that. To supplement her income, she became a Shaklee Consultant. She has always loved using these products. They are consistent and have superior, botanically based products. The excellent skin care products give her skin a softness and glow each and every day.
You can read Paula's column on the 3rd Monday each month here at Pandora's Box Gazette.
If you're a grandparent, what do you do to keep your grandkids interested and occupied while you babysit them?