Do Nothing: Monday Quotes #28

“Lazy parenting creates children who are self-starters.” Leanne Shirtliffe, Ironic Mom

I love parenting advice and techniques that require me to do nothing. It can be a challenge though, because I feel guilt at the drop of a hat, and guilt is a parent’s greatest motivator. Leanne’s got a great point her; when you stop entertaining your kids they start entertaining themselves.  My kids have come up with some great games when I’ve ignored them.

  • Crash. Which is kind of like bowling for block towers, or rather throwing stuff at block towers to knock them down.
  • Packing bags full of toys for trips to the ‘beach.’
  • Garbage. Dumping all the small toys into one big bin.
  • Making a huge mess. I’m sure they think this is a game.
  • Rolling stuff down the stairs.

Now I just have to find a way to feel guilty about doing something rather than about doing nothing. But first I have to go play hide and seek – I should probably put my coffee in a travel mug for this.

Leanne consistently cracks me up. Probably because she was last year’s funniest blogger in Canada (this year I’m the second funniest and since 2nd is the new 1st we’re equals!) Regardless, you should head over to Ironic Mom and check her out.


About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home.
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10 Responses to Do Nothing: Monday Quotes #28

  1. momtimes4 says:

    My kids like to play store. This is where they take everything out of the pantry and strew it about the house. Good times.

  2. Lynette says:

    Some of our favs include digging in the mud, and throwing it against the house, along with rolling down the hill- preferably not through dog poo. All while I cruise the Internet from my iPhone. Productive!

    • Ooooh, mine have not yet discovered throwing mud against the house. It’s only a matter of time though.

      • Finnella says:

        Mine discovered that throwing cans of Coke against the jungle gym breaks open the cans so they could get some Coke behind our backs. (My older son was very smart but had poor fine motor skills.) Not why I begged their father to build the playset, but, oh well.

  3. Thanks for the shout, DRP. Here’s to finishing that cup of tea. And to rolling stuff down the stairs. (I want to try that!)

  4. sillyliss says:

    I think your kids have been teaching my kids all their tricks. I hate the “going to the store” game where everything is piled up on the couch. Is that what happens after we go to the store? Oh, wait…

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