How To Avoid Cabin Fever

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Stuck in the house with six kids, we have to do something.

Submitted: December 19, 2008

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I have been stuck in the house for a week with six kids, three cats, three dogs, and I can't count how many caged beasties, and someone asked, "What do you do with those kids all day?" I got to thinking about it, and it sounded like something I should add to The Book of Lists.

How to Avoid Cabin Fever with Kids

1) Bored Games - There is no typo here. I mean bored games. Okay, the game closet is raided, but that is just the beginning. We get out poster board and design our own board games. We play games like Creative-Uses-For-Toilet-Paper and Yarn Pictures. It is always good for a couple of hours, depending on everyone's mood.

2) Dance Parties - My kids like all sorts of music from Frank Sinatra to Thrash Metal. If I play some ABBA, Jefferson Airplane, or even a little Rob Zombie the kids will dance until they drop. It's a good thing we all happen to like all types of music, or there could be problems.

3) Letter - We have friends and family all over the world, and there are a number of them that do not embrace the computer age. For this reason, and because we LOVE getting mail from the postman, we write letters. The art of penmanship, and written hand written letters is alive and well in the Murphy household.

4) Movies - We are movie addicts. Oh sure, we could just watch the boob tube, and whatever the networks decide to put on it, but we don't. A big pile of bodies snuggled on the couch with popcorn is a great way to pass the time.

5) Crafts - I have an artsy crafty bunch of kids, and a husband that thrives on projects. Each year he sells his creations at different craft fairs and flea markets. A little construction paper, finger-paints, yarn, rocks, and anything else you can name feed their creativity for hours. As long as they pick up, I don't mind.

6) Clean - We are stuck in the house anyway, so walls, floors, oven, windows, and everything else get s a good scrubbing. It is a great way to pass the time when children won't stop squabbling.

7) Reading - The entire family reads. We read together next to the firelight on blackouts. We read an hour before we go to bed everyday, all of us. When all else fails, and we are out of ideas, we grab a book.

What do the rest of you do when you are stuck inside for a week or more? I can't wait to find out
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