Many single parents ask "How can I get a break?" If your kids have an established bedtime routine, you might catch a few hours to yourself at night. But how do you create little pockets of time during the day without relying on TV to entertain them?
One solution is encouraging regular, independent play. For example, encourage your kids to build with Legos® (my daughter loves the new Lego Friends series!), draw, or play with action figures.
These kinds of independent activities can give you pockets of free time while your kids are occupied. Plus, putting this strategy this into practice on a regular basis will help your kids develop the ability to entertain themselves and resolve their own boredom: both key life skills.
Read Encouraging Independent Play Time for practical ideas for making your home a creative play zone while giving yourself a small break at the same time.
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