Keep Your Kids Busy the Lazy Way (Macmillan Lifestyles Guide)

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Here are all the hassle-free tricks you need to keep your kids creative, get them moving and motivated, and make sure parenting is always as much fun as it should be.

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With Keep Your Kids Busy The Lazy Way, you can get your kids off the couch and into adventurous fun--without having to turn yourself into a full-time coach and activity planner. Let's see what's inside:

Simply Survive Weather Days: turn those cramped, rainy weekends with the kids into fun-filled hours with just a few quick tips.

Make 'Em Cheer for Chores: At last they'll help around the house and love it! Just a few simple techniques can turn any work into lots of fun.

Hassle-free Crafts: Ideas for making all kinds of fun stuff without making a mess.

Playful Parenting: Learn dozens of simple tricks and mind games that you can use to keep your kids patient and happy in dreary situations, such as long lines, waiting rooms, and car rides.

Learn the Lazy Way to...

Create a Box of Full-Time Fun--toss old clothes, hats, and costume jewelry in a box. At a whim your kids can play dress-up or put on a play.

Spark Instant Inspiration--give each of your kids some old newspapers and a pencil with an eraser. Show them how easy it is to erase parts of a newspaper photo and fill in the blanks with humorous details.

Keep Track of the Kids' Collectibles--empty egg cartons are a handy way to organize seeds, rocks, shells, and other outdoor treasures.

About the Author:

Barbara Nielsen
American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and Travel Journalists Guild

Until my son came along, I was a busy freelance writer specializing in adventure travel stories. Many of the tips and tricks in this book were invented as I struggled to find ways to mix a writing career with being a mother. They worked! In the nine years since my son was born I've written this book and three others: Hummingbird Gardens (Chapters Publishing, 1996, (coauthor), Night Creatures (W.H. Smith, 1990) and The Great Barrier Reef (W.H. Smith, 1991). I've also continued my magazine career, although now I often write about having fun with kids.

Patrick Wallace
Writers Guild of America, East

Like my wife, I've had to find creative ways to keep our son involved and active when I'm desperately busy writing. These little tricks have helped me to write thousands of television, radio, newspaper and direct mail advertising pieces, script over 40 major television programs for companies like Dow, Exxon U.S.A., the State of Louisiana and others, and, in addition to this book, write another called Volcanoes (Gallery Books, 1991) and still have my son ask me the other day, in all seriousness, "Why don't you work for a living like other kids' dads?" Hurray for the Lazy Way!

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