My admiration and pride in the little one’s imagination, creativity is directly proportional to my own energy.
I have been known to:
- Fall asleep while watching/ playing
- Turn around and roll my eyes at having to be a spectator… again
- Wonder how Grandmas can genuinely get wowed by this
- Get frustrated at the loss of one of the Peppa Pig family members and the consequent hunt that I must necessarily take an active part in
Well, that’s reality.
I recently got this tip fo surviing watching Lego-Pretend Play sessions from a Fellow Chicago Mom.
Dab loads of moisturizer on your hands.
[Nail polish on your nails works too unless you have you envisage a meltdown for ‘I-want-painted-nails-too’!]
Why It Works?
- First of all. DISCLAIMER. You won’t get out of having to watch. But it will make the viewing a tad less frustrating. Plus, you get nice, smooth hands despite the winter and cleaning grubby hands, faces, noses, dishes, etc.
- The kiddo won’t want cream anywhere near there precious possessions. So, you just have to watch, no helping needed, no conversations on how ‘you-did-it-wrongly’.
- You can direct. Or enjoy some calm. Your wish.
- If the play does not go satisfactorily, just threaten with cream on the toys.
- If it further derails, pretend you’re a monster and chase the child with cream. Chases are always a hit. Grab and go. Bonus if you can get your kid moisturized too.
Project 52 Weeks of Avantika:
This post is part of my 52 Weeks of Avantika. I add a quote or picture. And then write my thoughts about how the image that the quote/ photo portrays is far from reality. And what real life looks like.
This concept is based on my book ‘365 Days of F(IB)B-ING‘ and is my way of spreading awareness about how life is not just a still snapshot but rather a mosaic of events and range of emotions.