It had been a crazy morning…already.
My youngest had kept us up most of the night and was now cranky, picking fights and generally causing chaos.
I was frustrated because I had planned a bunch of fun activities, including an extra-fun school day, and nothing was going the way I’d planned.
I was irritable, tired, and not a little stressed as I thought of the work-load that was waiting for me when they took their rest time.
As I looked ahead at the activities I’d planned for them, I envisioned the mayhem that would likely result from it and suddenly got an inspiration!
I quickly helped them clean up the toys and clear off the table while some water heated.
I grabbed a couple of chocolate covered wafers and declared a “Tea Time”.
(I have boys and I didn’t think “Tea Party” was boy enough!)
We sat at the table and sipped our tea and chatted.
It brought an immediate sense of calm over us. Since they’re very active, tea time only lasted about 5 minutes. But it was the best 5 minutes of the day.
Not only did it give me a chance to sit and rest for a moment, I was able to look my boys in the eye and enjoy some precious quality time them.
What resulted was an end to the chaos we’d endured all morning.
Tea Time is a great “redirect”.
Kids love it and it can be used to help redirect them to fun activities other than screen time.
This post is day 4of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.