*Kinda the point baby.*
Tired of him pouting and using this as an excuse to try to make everyone else miserable, and trapped in a van with sulky boy, I decided to make an end run (LOOK! A sport metaphor! Hope I used it correctly. Don't get used to it.).
I gave all the kids a "hypothetical situation." What activities can you do without leaving the house?
At first I got nothing. Then I put Ponito on the spot. "Name 5 things you can do."
That was all I was going to get, so I threw in, "Bob, what's your favorite activity?" Nothing. "You know the thing you do ALL the time?!"
Yea, that's it.
Bear tossed in, "Sleeping until it's over."
Bear also tried to sneak in, "Have a friend over to watch a movie." I quickly responded, "Sure, as long as you're not grounded."
So here's the list we came up with:
Drawing, painting, sketching
Cleaning and organizing (hey, it's a legitimate activity! I only mentioned it once or twice...ish.)
Cooking (desserts to share with friends at school)
Homework (not that Bear ever has any)
Learn to play an instrument
Write, make sets, costumes and perform in plays
Make scavenger hunts
Jump rope, play jacks (No, no baseball!)
Play cards or board games
Do jigsaw puzzles
Teach the dogs tricks
Play with the cats
Learn to sew, knit or crochet
Learn to belly dance
Write stories/ memoirs
Write letters (real letters not just e-mails)
Get a pen pal
Watch your fish
Play dolls or cars with your siblings
We went off on a tangent about the fun "Letter Parties" we used to have when the kids were younger. We would choose a letter, and that would be the theme of our party.
The kids especially loved the letter P. We'd have a Pajama party, picnic on pizza and watch a movie starting with P - usually the Pirate Move. Pie for dessert!
M was also popular. Movie, meatballs, chocolate Mousse cake...
E was fun but hard. We had an Elegant Event (everyone dressed up in nice clothes). We had eggs (deviled were eggcellent), and... never could figure out anything else to eat (eggplant was not popular!). The kids loved Eclairs though!
B Barbecue Birthday Bash
Talking about the elegant event brought up another idea. Bear talked about a movie where the teacher helped the kids invite a holocaust survivor and what they learned. We talked about learning about a historical character and pretending you were them at dinner (costumes and everything) or your favorite character.
Ponito was begging to bring the letter meals back. Bob was being totally negative until I mentioned we could have an EVIL Elegant Event (she's on this "evil" kick - in a
But with my figure like it is now maybe I should go with something more like the Red Queen?