This busy boy
Our house is a house of action.
There is always a lot going on.
And this sweet boy, this boy takes action to a new level.
He is Lewis Boy squared.
Asher is, to be sure, my most independent child. His favorite thing to do is retrieve a sandwich baggie from the drawer, get some raisins or cereal, fill his little bag, and feed himself a snack. He comes to tell me his diaper needs changing. None of my other boys did this. He knows, quite reasonably, that Mom is just the tiniest bit distracted.
This truth gives him a lot of leeway to get into mischief. Mischief of epic proportion. Throwing a half dozen (organic!) eggs off the counter, filling the toilet with toothbrushes and floss, putting on my makeup.
At the end of each day, we both fall into bed, exhausted from all the adventures.
So the other day, after the toilet-egg-makeup incident (which, yes, all happened in the same day), I decided it was time to redirect Asher’s attention.
I pulled off the basement shelf my favorite book for toddler’s, appropriately named, “The Toddler’s Busy Book.” (There is one for preschoolers as well, which I love.) Because I will tell you, this boy doesn’t want to play with toys. He wants to be right by my side, throwing clothes in the washer, sweeping, washing dishes, stirring the food on the stove, and slapping together sandwiches. Which I love. But sometimes Mama needs a break, to sew or write or cook with both hands.
Enter this book, which has many good ideas for using what’s on hand to keep a little guy occupied.
Now, the be sure, each of these projects kept Asher busy for maybe five minutes. But it’s amazing what you can accomplish in five minutes when you’re not fishing floss out of the toilet.
Tea party has emerged as a clear favorite. (Especially when it involves chocolate chips or cheese.)
This is another favorite. When it’s too cold to play outside, we just bring the weather inside. And try to remind this sweet little boy that throwing snowballs across the kitchen is a no-no.
But that’s a post for another day…