Impatient kids - they are no fun, right? We seem to have a lot of waiting time - whether we are in the carpool line, waiting at a doctor's office, or waiting during a sports practice. I am also the type of mom that doesn't like to carry a lot of stuff. I don't like to feel like I am carting a whole suitcase around just to make sure I have what my kids need in any type of situation that might come up.
|He's super patient!|
I don't just make my kids suffer, though. That just makes me miserable - and they are miserable too. I also don't like to just give them a phone or an iPad. We have a whole slew of games that require nothing and I can just start playing them. They keep my kids engaged, and usually if other kids are around they join us. It is one of my "secret weapons." (every mom needs those).
Here are some of our favorites:
20 questions - our family's favorite. A person thinks of something in their head and tells everyone else if it is a "person, place, or thing." We, then, ask yes or no questions and have 20 questions to guess what they are thinking. Super basic. My kids have tried to complicate it and make more rules, but we always go back to simple. We probably play this in the car at least once a week.
What's Better? - I ask my kids "What's Better?" and give them two options. "What's better, summer or winter?" or "What's better, breakfast or dinner?" I usually do most of the asking and they give the answers. I don't accept "I don't know," which is what G. says when he is pouting. M. almost always says "both," but we try to make them choose. Sometimes the options are opposites, sometimes they are similar. It is an easy game to play when you are waiting, but have to sit still.
Naming Contest - we just did this recently at a restaurant while we were waiting for our dinner to come. Hungry kids are not the most patient, have you noticed? We did it with Disney movies. I named Brave, and then we go in a circle naming movies. If you can't think of one, you say pass - no big deal. You can do this with fruit, holidays, Taylor Swift songs, NBA teams, etc. Most of the time, one of the kids will come up to me a day later and say another one they just thought of.
Name that Tune - we are a musical family, but I still don't like to play this game in public. Someone picks a song and starts humming. When you know what song they are humming, you name it. Sometimes we challenge each other - "I can name that tune in 15 notes." It is pretty funny with little kids who either can't carry a tune or start making up their own songs.
So those are our top favorites. I hope they can help!
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