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#1 flowerrose

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:49 AM

Sophie is a typical first child and completely unable to entertain herself. I've never really minded because we like doing similar things - baking, art, crafts, etc. Recently though her attention span has depleted to almost zero - always wanting to move onto the next thing so I'm just left with a whole lot of mess.

This morning for example; we got her art box down and started making fairy wings, which she chose to do. Wings drawn and cut out, glue poured, glitter, etc in tubs...and she's gone, she's dressing up and wants to go outside, I refuse because the fence is down and the neighbours have a growly staffie so I have to supervise & anyway, she only stays out for about two minutes - just long enough to get herself good and dirty and drag sand back in through the house. Then she wants to make a skirt so we measure her waist, and she picks out the material...and she now wants to make buttons...no, she wants to bake....no, she wants the lego out.....ARGHHHH! All this before 8.30am!

Yesterday was the same, she wanted to go to Spotlight and look at Christmas decorations, at the doorway 'this is boring, let's go for morning tea', can we rent a movie?, let's do reading eggs (we got to C)...read me a story (I was reading to myself after the first page).

The day before I took them to this awesome park near us. I was super running, chasing, climbing, pushing, swinging, spinning mummy but every two minutes she wanted to go home or to a cafe (I've put a stop to all treat foods now, until she reigns in the demands). She wanted on the roundabout thing Ethan was on, as soon as I started it up again, she wants to get off, on, off, on, off... 'this is boring, can't we just go home'... Poor old Ethan just wanted to spin.

The only time she's consistently entertained is when she's got friends over or she's in the pool - but I can't facilitate that all day every day.

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#2 Mel B

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:45 PM

Oh my goodness, that would drive me crazy too! My kids are fairly self sufficient these days, though I've been told it's a bit unusual.

I would try to find some activities that she doesn't need help with. Rosie loves those 'sticky mosaic" sets where you have to stick hundreds of little sparkly jewels and squares to make a picture. They come in different degrees of difficulty to match their dexterity. Right now R is doing a ballerina set and her favourite which is make you own tiaras. They keep her occupied for hours, there is very little set up or mess and she doesn't need any help.

Drawing and colouring in is always good. What about threading beads? Play doh?

When I was little mum used to let me "paint the house" with a bucket of water and a paint brush. Mine like cleaning the deck with the enjo mop, so that is an activity plus housework rolled into one!

We also went to the library this morning and they each picked out a stack of books and some DVDs. Right now they are in separate rooms watching their DVDs - bliss! For the first few days of the holidays I am pretty much letting them do what they want, so I expect lots of TV, ipad, Wii, computer - all the stuff that I try to limit during the school term.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:35 PM

QUOTE(Mel B @ Dec 20 2012, 10:45 AM) View Post

We also went to the library this morning and they each picked out a stack of books and some DVDs. Right now they are in separate rooms watching their DVDs - bliss! For the first few days of the holidays I am pretty much letting them do what they want, so I expect lots of TV, ipad, Wii, computer - all the stuff that I try to limit during the school term.


Thanks Mel, That's exactly the thing - she's totally pooped and really just needs to chill in front of the TV but just won't do it. She's better if I sit with her. I think I might rent one and make pop-corn this afternoon. Barbie and the Pink Crap it is then. Oh joy!

We have the same issue with play-doh, it comes out and is then ignored. She enjoys sticker books and will do those alone for a little while. She's always loved sorting through my buttons/ribbons/scraps or she can collage, draw, colour, bead, etc unassisted but can't seem to muster the attention span. We've got some of those mosaic things for Xmas so it's good to hear they go down well.

Do you remember the food-waste issue? I wonder if she's not flexing her muscles again?

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:42 PM

Yes it does sound like she's seeing how far she can push you.

My kids are completely exhausted too. I doubt we'll leave the house tomorrow.

Have you got those Usborne dress up doll sticker books? Rosie really likes those too. Will board games hold her attention?
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