My Favorite Non-Human Babysitter

Parents always joke about the electronic babysitter, that is, the television. But I’ve come to realize recently that I have a different favorite, non-human babysitter.

The backyard.

I have a very clingy 2 year old. If he’s watching television, he’s bored in minutes and wants me to get him a snack, play with him, hold him on my lap… you get the idea.

Put him outside and I can get an hour or more of peace and quiet to work, keeping only a light eye on him (my office window looks over the back yard, and the door out is in it too), but almost entirely uninterrupted for long periods of time.

It works even better if his older sister is home and playing with him.

The difference is not as marked with her. She will sit and watch television quietly more or less as long as I let her. But she will also play outside for long periods if I tell her to get outside.

So I’m curious. What are your favorite ways to keep the kids busy?

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