Piper is just about nine months old now. Which means she’s on the go. Constantly. She began crawling about a month ago and now she is so fast, it is truly hard to keep up with her. Let alone turn your head to do something else for a second.
Then you throw in Addie, who is four. She is a ball of energy. Talking constantly, spinning in circles and being rambunctious.
It’s a madhouse here.
And I still have other things I have to get around to. Being a stay at home mom does entail more than just children, believe it or not. You also sort of have to manage an entire household. Which isn’t easy. So I have decided to share some things I use to entertain both girls, simultaneously, so I can accomplish my stuff.
Piper enjoys being where Addie is. That is extremely helpful. But sometimes, Addie wants to do her own thing without her drooling sister tagging along. So when she is feeling overwhelmed by Piper, I keep them in the same vicinity, but doing separate activities. Also, my kids are far enough apart in age that I can entrust Addie with Pipers’ care for a short time. This obviously depends on your own ‘big’ and what you feel they can handle. Around here, Miss A thrives on being given a specific task and hearing how great of a big sister she is.
I have a pretty large collection of puzzles for different ages. Luckily, somehow between all of our moves, most have remained intact. I give Piper a baby puzzle (one of those chunky wood ones with the handles) and Addie works on a more challenging one. Just this morning, that activity alone bought me an hour.
If Addie is engaging Piper, she will usually stay put. Addie has a couple dolls she doesn’t mind getting “crunched on”, so she shares those and they “play together”. (mostly Addie talks to Piper and P screams and chews on things)
Pretend Kitchen play:
Another thing Addie enjoys is the usual ‘playing house’ stuff. She likes making meals and bringing them out for us to eat. She will do this with Piper all day long. Addie has fun mothering and Piper is just happy she can put some stuff in her mouth.
I have a ton of baby proof books for Piper and Addie has a library of her own. This isn’t usually a long attention keeper though. Addie isn’t reading yet, and Piper is not super interested in looking at pictures for very long.
Yes, I know. Terrible mom award. My kids watch TV and probably too much of it. Addie has an iPad and I am not sorry.
Those are just some of the things I have come up with lately to keep my sanity. There are definitely days where I feel like I want to tear my skin off and having an arsenal of activities is a huge help to me. I look forward to the day when Piper can color or paint because that has always been a life saver for me. When trying to think of ideas for entertainment I usually take Addies’ interests into consideration first. She is the helper and I don’t want her to feel like a babysitter.
How do you keep your kids busy and safe while you tackle your housework or other responsibilities?