I am sure you've been there at some point and that's where I found myself on Friday afternoon.
I needed to think quick and distract her with something new to do. Something that wouldn't cause a huge mess and something that would hold her interest long enough for me to finish the mashed potatoes.
My solution? A clothes line!
I found a long piece of ribbon and tied it between two chair. Then I grabbed a bunch of scrap fabric and some clothes pins and threw them in a basket. I showed her how to squeeze the clothespins and drape the fabric over the ribbon.
Opening the clothespins and clipping them to the ribbon was a little too challenging for Liza, but she improvised and clipped them to the bottom of the fabric that was hanging on the clothesline.
Sometimes it is good to give our kiddos a task that is a bit too challenging for them.
Not so challenging that it becomes frusturating and unenjoyable, but challenging enough to keep them intrigued and excited to figure out their own solutions.
It was a difficult task for her, but she was into it. I was able to finish dinner and snap a few pictures before we were interrupted by a little potty accident :)
I'll be back this week with a Thanksgiving post. Can you believe it's Thanksgiving week?!?!