How do you keep the kids occupied so you can get stuff done?

United States
October 5, 2006 11:23am CST
i have that problem. they want to be around me all the time and i want them to be more independent.
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@Katy238 (1028)
• United States
6 Oct 06
Hey mine help me clean :-) I know what you're thinking... LOL Well all of my cleaners are safe and non toxic so now my Little Mommy (6 yr old daughter) can help me clean the house. Her and my 4 yr old son LOVES it. I just hand them a bottle of cleaner and a towel and they love going in the bath tub and clean lol. I think its cute. All my cleaners non toxic and wont hurt them.
• United States
6 Oct 06
wow, that is cool. i know that vinegar is a natural disinfectant. What do you use? i am very currious about this.
@Katy238 (1028)
• United States
6 Oct 06
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• United States
6 Oct 06
thank you.
• United States
5 Oct 06
If my daughter wants to be around my feet while I am cleaning house and getting stuff done I make her help me. Some times she does help but most of the time she gets bored and goes off into her own little world and plays by herself.
• United States
5 Oct 06
awwww. ha ha.. ok thanks.
• United States
5 Oct 06
By the way my daughter is also one!
• United States
5 Oct 06
ok, so it is right around the same age as mine. is she walking now? if so when did she start walking? My son took his first step when he was 7 1/2 months. i thought that was a little too early. but he is crazy with those legs. ha ha.. When you were pregnant with your daughter were you really nautious all the time? Did you carry really high or really low?
• United States
5 Oct 06
The only way I can get my kids out of the way to get things done is turn on the TV. It is my only relief. But they are older now (6, 5 and almost 4). When they were babies I just gave up trying to do anything around the house unless my husband was around to help deal with them.
• United States
5 Oct 06
i hear you on that one. the tv is pretty good. i let him watch noggin so he is not just rotting his brain out. he is learning colors, shapes and everything.
• United States
5 Oct 06
What I wouldn't do without Noggin, lol. My kids love that channel, even now that they are getting older. And I like that most of the stuff is enjoyable for adults, too.
• United States
5 Oct 06
yes, it is isn't it. i enjoy it too. and my son gets all excited when certain characters are on. The only show that gets old really fast is Dora. but i guess alot of kids like it. my son likes deago better, he ignores dora usually. lol.
@KisaMommy (133)
• United States
5 Oct 06
Well as a mother of 4 I am sure I can help.. however it would be really helpful if you could tell me what the ages of your kids are so I could offer some useful suggestions. :) `Kisa
• United States
5 Oct 06
one and new born. i know the newborn cant be more independent but i am asking in advanced so that i can take notes and i will remember them. i dont want to run off. but i want to be able to keep them occupied in something long enough for me to do the dishes or clean the toilets. when i leave the room they cry bloody murder.
• United States
5 Oct 06
well.. I've got a 15 month old and a newborn (well she's 4 months) at the same time.. best bet right now for you is at naptime for the babyone, and give the 1 year old nice and noisey toys.. when they are older, they really will want to run off and play with toys all alone.. an occasional movie never hurt a child either.. my kids get maybe 1-2hrs of tv a week (if even.. some weeks we just dont watch any tv..) so that's one option, books is another good option.. toys that make alot of noise are a real good bet.. but put them in their bedroom (the noisey toys..) so that the kids can play with them in their and not drive you nuts while you are trying to clean.. coloring also would keep older children (2.5 and up) occupied..) and little arts and crafts projects would work as well.
• United States
5 Oct 06
cool, thank you.
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5 Oct 06
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• United States
6 Oct 06
Why do you keep posting this in every discussion. I felt really sorry for you the first time but after I've read it 4 times now, I think your a little looney or something.
• United States
6 Oct 06
be nice to her.
• United States
7 Oct 06
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• United States
5 Oct 06
put a movie on
• Philippines
6 Oct 06
would you believe? when my daughter was only a year and a half year old, evrytime i put on the broadway musical Annie, she'd watch it till the end! And have it played again and again so it's no wonder that the first song she memorized was not a kiddie song but Tomorrow from that musical! when finally she got bored with it, it was then Lizzie Mcguire the movie. now that she's 4, it's High School Musical this time. And she knows all the songs from that movie, huh?
• United States
6 Nov 06
Thanks for responding :)
• United States
6 Nov 06
Thanks for responding :)
@rlporter (516)
• United States
5 Oct 06
I bring the playpen into whatever room I need to be in, throw in some safe toys, and put my daughter in there to play for a while.
• United States
5 Oct 06
thats a very good idea!! thanks for the idea.
@HerShe (2386)
• Canada
6 Oct 06
I know most people don't have a problem with play pens, but I do. It's like putting a child in a cage.
• United States
6 Oct 06
yeah, i can see where you are comming from on that one. i havent gotten one yet but i am concidering trying it.
@ssh123 (31096)
• India
6 Oct 06
Teach them a hobby and they will be engaged once in a week. Then give them a general knowledge test and they will bebusy for 2 days in a week. Ask your wife to take them for small time shopping for one day. You take them out one day in a week. Give them a book and ask them to read it within 1 day and they have to tell a story of that book next day. Like this thousand one things can be assigned to them and in the meantime you can do your work.
• United States
6 Oct 06
this is true thank you .
@ssh123 (31096)
• India
6 Oct 06
You are most welcome.
• United States
5 Oct 06
Turn on the old boob tube and they are sucked right in.
@katyzzz (2902)
• Australia
6 Oct 06
That's a very funny comment mrsjumppuppy, you sound like you're really fun!
• United States
6 Nov 06
Thanks for responding :)
@rekutty (110)
• India
5 Oct 06
make them do something that they like doing the most ....like if theyare interested in drawing or smthn like that...let them do it....give 'em all freedom ,jst make sure they dont paint ur walls
• United States
5 Oct 06
Ha ha yeah , well, my one year old lkes to tear up papers and stuff so that is always fun to clean up.
@jmafofo (359)
• South Africa
5 Oct 06
Good answer, kids love that
@KimMaple (1195)
• United States
6 Nov 06
My kids are 8 & 6 so they can keep themselves occupied so I can get a lot done. When they were younger, I didn't get anything done, they were always around me.
• United States
6 Nov 06
Thanks for responding :)
@sc00ter (125)
• United States
6 Nov 06
I'm a mother of 3. 13, 5 and almost 3. I usually pop on a DVD if i'm in a hurry and need stuff done fast, or i get them set up with puzzles and color books and such. Its really the 2 smallest ones of mine that need my attention 100%, so unless i find them something i can't get ANYTHING done!
• United States
6 Nov 06
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• Romania
6 Nov 06
Give us money:P
• United States
6 Nov 06
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@CosmoCo (252)
• Canada
6 Nov 06
I just tie them up and set them in the middle of the floor in front of the TV! You can get all kinds of stuff done then! Isn't this what every parent does???? :)
• United States
6 Nov 06
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• United States
6 Nov 06
i come form a large family. My mothe has 2 sets of twins and she always gave each of us a job to do. That kept us occupied and it help her to get thing done.
• United States
6 Nov 06
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@april444 (1341)
• United States
6 Nov 06
I have some toys in the livivng room (barbies) I put tv on to make meals, but honestly you have your hands full at that age your just gonna have to let them cry sometimes . My children are 2 girls ages 2(almost 3) and a 5 yr old. It gets esier when they get older right now your just going to have to manage with the crying hope you have a great day :)
• United States
6 Nov 06
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@srhelmer (7031)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
6 Nov 06
Our daughter has her own play area in a different part of the house and I hooked up a television/DVD player in there for her this weekend. It's a good way to keep her occupied for about an hour at a time so I can get things done.
• United States
6 Nov 06
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• United States
6 Nov 06
Well you gotta love Nick Jr lol that works for me for a little while, so i get my housework done bit by bit ..... but then having 6 kids it dont work for long!!! they come behind me and mess it back up !!!
• United States
6 Nov 06
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@kids91911 (4366)
• United States
6 Nov 06
My kids are old enough that they can help.
• United States
6 Nov 06
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• Canada
8 Oct 06
I don't have children, but from what I can tell, the only time they won't bother you is if they can watch television or play video games. Try setting up a certain amount of time a day where you set a timer. Let them know that when the timer goes off they can be with you again but until then they have to play in a designated area by themselves or their siblings.
• United States
6 Nov 06
Thanks for responding :)