Surviving Toddler Phase Parenting Epiphany #3

Lori Mabardi Connor

Friday, February 06, 2015

The kids are restless and climbing up the walls.

Yes, the trade-off is a messy living room, but we are talking about easy peasy clean up, none of this play dough stuck in the rug, legos in the vent type of clean up... this is just cushions and a sheet. The return on investment on the mess is FANTASTIC. You get giggles and PEACE, no fighting, and some independent play that is quite nice... So

Your kids are climbing up the walls and it's pouring rain outside ---> build a fort
The kids are fighting and can't get along ---> build two forts
You are watching someone else's kids and you are not sure what to do ---> build a fort
You are home after a long day and you don't have the energy and need a moment to catch your breath ---> build a fort

And then the possibilities are endless. Pillows in the fort, stuffed toys, a little snack, a flashlight, books, dinosaurs or transformers, dolls or puppets...

It doesn't take much... and can offer MUCH sanity in those insane moments...
Sure to create giggles and peace.  And isn't that what it's all about?