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Sunday, November 29, 2009

How To Entertain A One-Year-Old For 10 Minutes

1) Throw a towel over his head. When he pulls it off, say, "Peekaboo!" Repeat.

2) Take an empty tube of lotion and a lunch-sized paper bag. Show him how to put the tube in the bag. Let him take it out and put it back in again. *You'll get 11 minutes if you narrate with the words "out" and "in."

3) Anything with buttons.

4) Eat food in front of him. *Note: he will be occupied, but probably not very happy unless you give him some. He's usually pacified with a little corner of your English muffin every two or three minutes.

5) Hold a piece of paper in front of your face. Peek around to the left, then hide again. Then peek to the right, then above it. Keep him guessing.

6) Pattycake, especially if you let him do the mark-it-with-a-B gesture himself, and if you throw his arms up in the air when you "throw it in the oven for baby and me!"

7) Stairs.

That's what I've got for you. Bonus tidbit: the single best parenting discovery so far: the combination of overnight diapers and diaper liners. I get to sleep for 8 hours straight without a diaper change! Oh frabjous day!


Anonymous Brenda Pike said...

Replace "tube of lotion" with "mousey" and "buttons" with "string" and your kid sounds much like my cat. Except for the pattycake thing. That's a one-way ticket to a facefull of scratches.

December 1, 2009 at 10:51 AM  

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