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Entertaining three children aged 5 and under, whilst also working from home and not always having access to a car can be difficult. The last few days of the Easter holidays have proved that with me almost going off my rocker by Friday afternoon. We are really lucky that we live on the coast and can access so many beautiful beaches, one of them being just five minutes walk away. We go down there as often as we possibly can – if the weather isn’t great we put on our wellies and waterproof jackets and go and splash in the puddles! Other days, when we can’t go out, they go into the back garden and play. Having that time outside means that they usually burn off any excess energy and all sleep pretty well at night.
Occasionally though, technology becomes my best friend. I hate relying on it, but when I have tight deadlines to meet or when I just need an hours peace and quiet, it’s a godsend. A few years ago I despaired at people who bought their toddler a tablet. Guess what all three of ours had for Christmas last year? Yep, tablets! I’ve long stopped feeling guilty about the fact that my two-year-old knows how to use YouTube and embraced it. There are some pretty good educational apps and games out there for kids, and I know they’ve all learned things from using their tablets – Harrison has been teaching himself some new Welsh words by finding videos, and then teaching us all!
Rattan Direct have created a survey asking parents how they keep their children entertained, which you can complete by clicking here. They’re particularly interested in knowing the role that technology plays, and how long the average child spends playing on a tablet. I know that mine sometimes spend too long with theirs, but it’s usually balanced out with lots of time outside, or just playing with their toys. I suppose it’s not that bad then, right?
How do you entertain your children?