How to keep kids out of the way before yom tov

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  • #592407

    Mother101
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    There’s so much to do in preparing for yom tov. The problem is that many people have a house full of kids (either babies or older kids who are off from scholl). Anybody have any suggestions how to keep the kids out of the way?

    #698700

    sms007
    Member

    A responsible adult (or husband if he is around and not needed inside the house) can take the kids out to the park to play, or out for pizza… or mayeb for the younger ones buy them new coloring books and have them kept busy with that or some other sort of activity

    #698701

    blinky
    Participant

    Perhaps the older kids can take the younger ones to the park or something…B’hatzlacha!

    #698702

    sms007
    Member

    another idea is to give the kids small jobs to help out (possibly in a different room that you are in ;)). little ones love being able to be mommy’s little helper. it’s more of keeping them busy then the extra help- you just might have to go over what they did. what’s better is after you can tell everyone what a help they were and they will feel so good about themselves!

    #698703

    Dr. Pepper
    Participant

    sms007-

    Your little one helps you already?

    #698704

    SJSinNYC
    Member

    Dr. P, my 2 year old can vaccuum with the attachment. He loves to do it. Keeps him busy while I do something else nearby (I still have to do some afterwards, but he gets the large stuff and is entertained). He can also wipe things down with a rag or paper towel and unload the dishwasher (he can’t reach where high things go).

    Gosh I sound like a slavedriver LOL.

    #698705

    anonymrs
    Participant

    i dont know about sms007, but i have a little one who has been helping since he was a little over a year, because he was off and running at a very early age. hes a great helper now!!

    #698706

    apushatayid
    Participant

    Send them to work with your husband.

    #698707

    Dr. Pepper
    Participant

    SJSinNYC-

    I think little sms007 is less that 2 months.

    #698708

    bpt
    Participant

    Tell them that if they don’t stop bothering you, you’ll tie them to a tree in the forrest and let the bears eat them (I used this on two other posts, so I think I’m going to make this my mission statement 🙂

    #698709

    oomis
    Participant

    Where is a good dungeon when you need one?

    #698710

    blinky
    Participant

    BP Totty- you said it so often, i might call the child abuse ppl after you!!!! ( I even have contact information- you are from BP, you are a totty, and you are from 11219!)

    #698711

    bpt
    Participant

    Yeah, but they’ll be looking for someone who is “never caustic” and in my non-CR life, I’m as caustic as Easy Off!

    Besides, there are no forrests in BP, so the authorities will never find me! (oh and by the way, if you really want to know who I am…. ask Lois Lane!

    #698712

    Get the older ones to make a day camp for the younger, and pay them for it. (Even only $5)

    #698713

    sms007
    Member

    lol dr. pepper! my little one is 3 months but he does a great job at helping out by being a good little baby!

    #698714

    tzippi
    Member

    It’s a bit late to tell you to pace yourself, but if you still have a lot of cooking to do, go for as simple as possible: buy some nice rice or other carb mixes, make a few dressings you can use on different salads, buy or doctor bought desserts, etc.

    Re laundry: I don’t know how much space you have but if you have a secure area that the kids won’t demolish, sort clean laundry, hang whatever will go on hangers anyway, and don’t obsess over what doesn’t get put away.

    Re cleaning: there’s dirt, and there’s clutter. A lot of what you clean at this point will stay somewhat clean. You can’t help the clutter but you can live with it.

    When the kids reach a certain age, they can make paper chains. My kids loved taking them out front and seeing how far down the block it stretched. And we used to buy new music for the crunch time when they got a bit older than that.

    If you can afford to pay for a mother’s helper for a few hours, it will be really worth it. If you can’t and really need help, call the principal of a local BY and find out if there is anyone who can do chesed. Don’t fret about being a chesed case; one day your kids will help someone else, iy”H.

    Have a wonderful, happy yom tov!

    #698715

    blinky
    Participant

    oh and by the way, if you really want to know who I am…. ask Lois Lane!

    BP Totty- don’t know who that is, I guess you are lucky!

    #698716

    anon for this
    Participant

    Sometimes my younger kids clean surfaces with baby wipes. This is a great way for even very young children to help, since you don’t have to worry about them spilling buckets of water or spraying/ eating cleaning fluids.

    #698717

    SJSinNYC
    Member

    Anon, we use a vinegar spray.

    Dr. P – I assumed she wasn’t talking about the baby LOL.

    #698718

    d a
    Member
    #698719

    bpt
    Participant

    Blinky, you’ve got to be kidding. But the fact that you don’t know who Lois Lane is only indicates how frum / temimusdik you really are (which is a good thing!) as opposed to us older folks who grew up on television and movies in our early days (but have since repented!)

    In a nutshell, Lois knew (suspected?) the true indentity of Clark Kent / Superman (but you probably don’t know them either.. just as well I suppose!)

    #698720

    hoe could lois POSSIBLY think clark and superman were the same. after all clark wore glasses

    #698721

    bpt
    Participant

    Hah Mod, you’ve been outed too! Now I know that:

    Either you’re in my age range (not a bad thing)or

    you were exposed to TV / Movies at some point(and here I thought mods were Best BMG material).

    #698722

    im only 10 years old (a prodigy)

    my grandfather told me all about it

    see

    http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/the-riddle-thread/page/30#post-148343

    for further elucidation

    #698723

    WIY
    Member

    Moderator-80

    im only 10 years old (a prodigy)

    my grandfather told me all about it

    Thanks for the laugh!

    #698724

    apushatayid
    Participant

    80:Perhaps YWN needs a few extra moderators during bein hazmanim? I have a few kids with nothing to do 🙂

    #698725

    smartcookie
    Member

    My little kids love to help. So:

    I bought an EMPTY plastic spray bottle and filled it with water! They spray the mirrors and walls and wherever mommy lets and then they wipe it all! Proud!

    They also love to fold laundry. And you’ll be surprised how cute they fold everything. I let them sit on the bed and fold whatever they want while I’m busy in the kitchen.

    (I redo everything later when they sleep :-))

    #698726

    blinky
    Participant

    Mod 80- “im only 10 years old (a prodigy)

    my grandfather told me all about it”

    Then you gotta change your name to hayeled 80

    BP Totty- thanx for the info

    #698727

    blinky
    Participant

    Hey mod 80 why didn’t you change your name yet?

    (p.s. you can change mine too, its getting kind of boring)

    #698728

    bpt
    Participant

    “change mine too”

    How about, “NOT Lois Lane”

    #698729

    blinky
    Participant

    how come BP totty gets faster service then me?????????

    p.s. i like your other name better:)

    #698730

    squeak
    Participant

    Jimmy Olsen? (Not Perry White, we know who he is)

    #698731

    squeak
    Participant

    eat dots, blinky

    #698732

    blinky
    Participant

    i don’t want to sound ungrateful but eeewwwwwwwwww:( change it fast before someone sees it!

    #698733

    pronounced Miks-yez-pittle-ik

    #698734

    squeak
    Participant

    So appropriate.

    Adios!

    kltpzyxM

    #698735

    blinky
    Participant

    Sir Blinkcelot- but im female! also shaychus?

    #698736

    see you in 90 days

    #698737

    shaychus?

    blinky = blinks a lot = blinkcelot

    female?

    they didnt have female knights?

    well now there is one

    #698738

    blinky
    Participant

    gotcha! thanx.

    “blinky = blinks a lot”- how do you know?

    #698739

    bpt
    Participant

    “Eats dots”

    I get the joke, Squeak! (It helps that I grew up in the 80’s)

    #698740

    bpt
    Participant

    and “not lois” was a suggestion for Blinky.. not me!! And no, O don’t want “not Clark Kent” either.

    I’m open to something new, or I’d settle for my old tag, if nothing funny comes to mind

    #698741

    what else does blinky mean?

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