How often do you have to stand in line? Unfortunately, there are queues almost everywhere: in the store, in the bank, in the hospital. I often have to walk with children, and the problem of how to occupy a child is very serious.
Kids are all impatient, it is difficult for them to stand still, waiting for their turn. Does anyone miss us ahead? It happens, but very rarely. So you need to figure out how to take a child.
Recently, we generally had a funny case. We stand in line at the ATM, a little people, a person 2-3, and I with two small children. So my turn comes up and the woman who stood after us asks: will you miss me? I’m in a hurry. I was taken aback for a second, then replied: I think my children will be against such impudence.
In order not to be nervous myself and not to scold children when they can not stand still, I suggest they play.
I do not know, as in other cities, but there are always a lot of people in our banks. While we are waiting for our turn, we play elementary games.
The simplest thing is that if there are drawings or inscriptions on the blouses of children, I ask you to call what they see, to show letters that they know. It distracts them, but not for long.
Banks often have sofas and leaflets, with leaflets you can also distract children. They can simply watch them or tell them what they see in the pictures.
If there is nothing suitable to distract children, we play hands. I put my daughters opposite each other, I ask one to stretch my arms, and the second to have time to hit the palms of my sister before she hides her hands behind her back. Of course, this game is for older children, and my girls do not always succeed, but they stand relatively calmly beside me.
By the way, with the smallest kids you can play cuckoo. Just cover your face with your hands or a magazine, then appear. Kids often willingly repeat such actions.
In the shop
Often, I also have to go to the store with children. If there is an opportunity, I take with me only the eldest daughter. In our stores, even if there are more than three cash desks, as a rule, one or two are working. So, the queue can not be avoided.
I understand that marketers specifically advise people to place sweets, chupa chups and other products that attract kids to the cash desks. However, every time I do not consider it necessary to buy everything that they want to children. Distracting children games.
For example, I ask you to look in the basket and tell what products are bought for whom. Or, if there are posters nearby, magazines, then I call objects, and children should find them in the picture.
In the hospital
Probably, every mother and child had to wait for their turn in the doctor’s office. Now there is a record, the queues have become much smaller. But, nevertheless, often have to wait to get an appointment.
To take the child in the hospital is quite simple. It is possible to examine posters together, look for what is drawn there, you can look at the booklets.
If there are several children, they can play catch-up, but you should be careful not to run very far.
The eldest daughter is learning to count and it can be distracted by calculations, for example, we consider how many rooms there are next to, how much are couches, how many posters are hanging.
If there are several identical booklets, then you can search for identical pictures. I take one magazine, another I give to children, show a picture and ask to find the same one in their magazine.
It is in such simple ways that I try to spend time with children, waiting for my turn. Maybe you know how to distract a child?