It’s springtime and at our house that means a whole lot of activities for our boys: Jorryn is in baseball (and weight lifting and drums); Zane is playing soccer as his first team sport; Shay is enrolled in gymnastics. It seems like we’re constantly on the road or on the field sidelines. The boy who is involved in the current activity is content, but I’ve found I need to get a little creative to keep everyone busy and happy.
Here are a few of my tips to keep the smiles coming:
- Take a blanket and let the kids sprawl on the ground instead of always having to sit.
- Scope out other families and introduce yourself to those with kids the same age as yours. New playmates are something to look forward to.
- Make up busy bags with a variety of activities (coloring, action figures, matching games, books, etc.) and rotate them. Check for all pieces so favorites aren’t lost before you leave the field for home.
- A nearby playground is a great diversion for my littles, but only if I can see them at all times.
- On big brother’s game days, sometimes I take along an older kid from our neighborhood to keep a closer eye on the littles so I can pay more attention to the game.
- Occasionally I pre-make a picture list for a sort of visual scavenger hunt for the kids. For example, find three red shirts, a blue folding chair, two pairs of sun glasses, something shiny, etc.
- When schedules allow, my husband and I take turns so everyone doesn’t have to go to all of the practices/games.
- Some days the only thing to keep their attention is a movie on their tablets. Some days I make it happen!
- Always take snacks. There seems to be a direct cause and effect between satisfied stomachs and satisfied boys.
One of our favorite snacks is GoGo squeeZ® YogurtZ. The boys love the taste (strawberry, berry and banana) and I love that it does not have to be refrigerated (except if the pouch is open and there’s something left…that hardly happens!) so it’s especially perfect for on-the-go snacking. It’s real yogurt and real fruit—no artificial anything—but they add an additional heating step so it can be safely stored at room temp. There are four grams of protein per pouch, as well as calcium and vitamin D so it’s a snack you can feel good about giving your kids. You can also stick it in your freezer and when it’s treat time, let them have a Fro-Go-Yo. Cool, huh?
Next time it’s take-me-out-to-the-ballgame time at your house, try some of my tips for keeping everyone happy. Bet you’ll see some smiles.