July 25, 2011

I figured it out.

I figured out how to get my kids to play with the zillions of toys they own. I tell them to clean up. I directed Ivy to pick up all her ponies and doll house stuff and for a good hour that girl played and pretended and stayed out from under my skirt in the kitchen. It was heavenly. Apparently playing is more fun than cleaning up. My boys are pros at it. Another surefire way to get them to play uninterrupted with toys that have lost their "luster" or "appeal" is to put them in your yard sale. Suddenly they are their FAVORITE TOYS EVER!

I'm trying to remember that one person's normal is another person's radical.

I had my toe nails painted pink the other day. PINK. Sure, that might seem boring or DUH to most. But that is totally radical for me. I'm usually a dark grey, purple, or gold type of girl. So for me, to "spice" it up a bit, pink was a departure from my norm. And it totally works.

18 comments:

  1. I totally agree!! THe quickest way to get my younger ones to play is to have them clean up- they also tend to find toys they haven't seen in 'forever' and must play with that very moment :)

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  2. I've heard that another good way is to roundup the toys occasionally, rotating them out, so what they already have seems like something new and cool.

    And don't feel odd, pink is on my toes right now and it's a little different (since I usually prefer dark colors) but hey, it's summer!

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  3. "I'm trying to remember that one person's normal is another person's radical."

    Thank you. I am also trying to remember that.

    And pink toes? That would be a stretch for me too. :)

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  4. You know what else works? Tell the kids to go to their rooms for rest time. I sent mine upstairs and hour ago and I just came up and discovered they are playing in Sam's room together. Quietly playing WITHOUT fighting for an HOUR? Apparently it IS possible if the alternative is to be alone in their rooms.

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  5. yes! that clean-up trick usually works around here, too. or telling emma that lucy is going to get something will get her to pick it up, too. she's not much for sharing, that first child.

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  6. Waha!!! My kids have spent years of their short lives tidying up... brutal I know. But some may call it playing and playing and playing!!!

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  7. Heh! I think you're onto something with the toys. :)

    I was a pink toenail girl for a long time and now I'm really into this beautiful copper color. I also like one that looks like putty.

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  8. Just came to your blog and saw you say "Gray".. looked further and you have a Grayson & I do too!! We call him Gray some also. Glad to have found you.

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  9. That is so funny because I have a pedicure scheduled for Thursday before we leave on vacation and was thinking maybe pink to shake it up. It is so not me, but I could use a little lift. Maybe I'll be brave like you and try it.

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  10. I think PINK is perfect for Summer!

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  11. Yes! I do this all the time. I also like to ask if he needs a diaper change or if he wants to take a nap...its magical. Its suddenly quiet and peaceful while he plays happily out of sight!

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  12. so true...i can always get my kids to play with their toys when i tell them to clean up :). another way to get them to love those "unloved" toys is to put them in a box to give away...suddenly they just HAVE to have them!

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  13. I painted my daughter's nails pink on Sunday :) so cute. I got a pedi for the 1st time in a year on Sat...I chose denim blue sparkles/glitter polish because I knew daughter would love it - she did indeed love it! (She wanted me to get turquoise - I just couldn't, so I 'compromised'.) They are summery, and actually kinda cute.

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  14. I almost never wear nail polish, but I have a feeling that may be changing now that I have a 4 1/2 year old. She asked for some recently so we let her choose a color. She selected the brightest pink on the shelf, of course.

    That's what I've been wearing. :)

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  15. I hear ya on putting stuff in a yard sale. My daughter even helped me sort and organize into baggies all of one type of toy. Then she sat with us at the sale and within 45 minutes she was asking to take back the toys. She ended up playing with those for about 3 days!

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  16. Haha! I've totally done that! My kids never play so well together, or so quietly, as when I tell them to go clean their rooms. :) And I love pink nail polish, but my favorite is tangerine!!

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  17. Ah, yes, the toys. Somehow, they're only appealing when you may lose them, or you have to pick them up. It's a constant search for novelty, in conflict with the difficulty of letting go.

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  18. Oh how right you are! Apparently it works with husbands, too...just mentioned getting rid of some gadget we never use and all of a sudden it's an essential part of life!

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