Join 4 Moms, 35 Kids tomorrow as we talk about going out with several young children.
Spending time with your kids, isn’t that one of the things that it’s hard to get enough of? One of the things that I enjoy doing with our children is waiting in waiting rooms. I’ve always enjoyed this, ever since our kids were small and we have some wonderful memories of our times spent together, waiting. Surprising? Here some of the ways that we have built memories from what most people consider “wasted” time.
1. Tell stories.
This may seem obvious, but waiting in a doctor’s office is the perfect time to tell stories to the children. Tell classic tales, stories about when your kids were “little” and let them tell you stories. My kids like to tell about their dreams and they like to make up stories. If you are a homeschooler and are really ambitious, this is a great time to practice narration. Tell them a story and have them take turns narrating it back to you.
2. Play thinking games.
When our kids were little they loved playing “I Spy”. Someone would spot something in the room and tell everyone what color it was and let the others guess until they figure out what it was that the “spotter” saw. As they’ve gotten older they enjoy “I’m thinking of something”. One person thinks of something and everyone else asks “yes” or “no” questions until they are able to determine what the person is thinking of.
3. Snuggle with them.
You’re sitting anyway, welcome a child (or two) on your lap. The kids love it and that leaves more room in the waiting room for other patients. This is a great time to talk and/or play baby games.
4. Read to them.
Another obvious choice, but it’s a wonderful opportunity to read to your kids.
Once we get back to the exam room and have a little more privacy our selection of activities widens:
5. Play versions of “active” games.
We play games with variations so that we don’t tear the office apart. Each child has their own space and they know that they need to stay in that space for all of our games. We play “Simon Says”, “Pat a Cake”, “Duck, Duck, Goose” (the “it” person points to each of the other people as they say “duck” or “goose”, when they say “goose” the “it” and the “goose” both jump in place 10 times. The person who finishes last is “it”.
6. Sing songs.
Need I say more? Our kids love to sing fun and silly songs. Doing it with Mom? Even better. We do this quietly so that people don’t think we’re completely insane we don’t disturb other patients.
7. Go over memorization work.
I don’t know why kids love doing this, but they do and it’s a great way to review and see how much you can remember with no prompts.