What do parents want most from their kids when they are out at a function/party/catch-up?
To behave? Well yes that is to be expected…
To not go psycho/over-dramatic/warped in a tantrum-throwing way? Duh.
To eat their food so as not to be left irritated, flat and needy? Hell yes.
To not overdose on the sweets and be high as a kite for hours afterwards? (We want this but try avoid sweets with clever kids around).
But let’s really think. What would make parents the MOST happiest at a function with their kids?
Why, something to keep their curious hands BUSY.
There is possibly no greater sigh of relief (other than the closely-contested exhale we do when we see kid-friendly chips, chicken and pizza on the party menu) than when we see our children will be kept happy, entertained and BUSY, for an infinite amount of time.
Because it means us as parents get to chill out too.
Today at one such function, it was just the basics: play doh; colouring in; and stickers. Nothing fancy, all old-school.
And yet it kept my girl entertained for the ENTIRE time.
All together now… EXHALE.