I wish I could remember reading this phrase this week - please let me know if you know!
"Children learn to entertain themselves by learning to entertain themselves."
Seriously folks, let your kids get bored.
Sage advice indeed. We leave our son pretty much to his own devices (just as we were when we were kids) and amazingly he just gets on and plays and finds things to be interested in. Why make parenting any harder than it has to be by stressing over an activity schedule? I'm far to lazy for that! Congrats on the couch btw!
Even with Henry only 6 months we try to give him time without toys - often in the morning before we'll officially up and he's awake he'll just roll around on the bed making noises and playing with his toes. Also, most of the toys we've acquired so far are ones that should grow with him as he gets older - lots of blocks, interactive felt books (felt books with pieces that stick to them so the kids can make their own pictures and stores), books and stuffed animals; not so much with the super age specific things.
Yes! This is so true! I've seen the best stuff come out of my kids' brains when I just let them do their own thing. I get so disgusted when I see 5 year olds with game boys - whatever happened to encouraging imagination?Thanks for your comment! I had someone tell me once that kids would mean not sleeping for at least 2 years. All my kids have generally slept through the night by 6 months. ;) I think it just happens that some people have a bad experience with or don't have the patience/self sacrifice for children so they have to go all doom and gloom on anyone else that has them.
Ditto... I shudder every time I see kids walk around places with those things glued to their hands! I'm not against video games (I had tons of fun with friends playing mario growing up) but I have ever intention of places limits on those things whenever I choose to let them in the house - I even try to have a no electronic toy rule for my 6 month old.Sometimes I don't think folks don't realize a couple very important facts about children 1)they follow your example - regular sleep patterns, behavior, etc. all starts with the parent and 2) Calm and happy parents create calm and happy children.