The Lazy Parent’s Guide: Entertaining Your Children On A Relaxing Weekend

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CandySometimes, you just need a little time to relax! Don’t worry moms, this is a judgment-free place. We accept and understand that you can’t be Supermom all the time. Some weekends deserve a little down-time.

Sure, you would love to take your child to the botanical gardens and the library today. I know that you really want to ride bicycles until your legs cramp up, or build a tower of blocks all the way to the ceiling. What mom doesn’t want to jump right up and indulge their child’s every creative and active urge?

A tired one! One that’s worked her butt off all week long and really just needs to lie on the couch for a couple hours and pretend that there aren’t a million chores to do. Every once in a while, a lady needs a break!

That’s where these lazy tips come in. Call me a bad parent if you would like, but I say that every mom needs a few ways to keep her child happily occupied so that she can nap, stretch or indulge a good book, even if it’s just for an hour.

Do you have lazy parenting techniques you would like to share? How do you keep your little one entertained when you really just need a minute to relax?

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  1. JR

    March 26, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Lazy parenting or smart, self preservation? I have a boy who will be almost two when his sister makes her arrival and I well remember the exhaustion, sleepless nights and hormones that accompanied him. We’ve started stocking up on a couple good new toys and lots of little dollar store type treats, both to make him feel special when baby #2 comes along and also to help with our sanity.

  2. Brandy

    March 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Most infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who drown do so in a bathtub while their parents were distracted or absent. Children under 5 are not supposed to bathe unsupervised, ever. Good tip, as long as you put an age disclaimer on it.

  3. Gabrielle

    April 5, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Your last tip, along with screen time, is how I was able to conceive my 3rd child, with 2 others under the age of 4!!!!!!

    • Lindsay Cross

      April 5, 2012 at 10:53 am


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