Isn’t it exhausting going to a restaurant as a family, only to spend the entire meal bending over to pick up your child’s toys? It may as well be called a work-out for parents. At least, we find time to fit in our ab work-out during dinner. Now that’s multitasking! But seriously, I was determined to never play the pick up game again. What if you had the opportunity to stop playing the pick-up game with your child? Would you say, yes please?! Because I’m so there.
There is one simple trick to ending this tiring game once and for all—a good ‘ole-fashioned shoelace. Let me share with you how this simple trick works:
1. Head to your local drug store and purchase a few different sets of shoelaces. Shoelaces are relatively inexpensive so don’t be afraid to stock up on a few sets. Maybe a few multicolored ones. Maybe a few plain ole white laces. Maybe a few black ones.
2. Put a shoelace in your car, in your purse, in your diaper bag, and anywhere you think you’ll need quick access to one. Ensure you always have one handy.
3. When you head out to a restaurant tie the shoelace to the highchair your child is sitting in. Then tie several toys onto the shoelace.
4. When you are at the grocery store, tie the shoelace to your shopping cart and again tie several toys onto the shoelace.
5. When you are traveling and your child will be sitting on your lap (like on an airplane), tie the shoelace with attached toys through your zipper or button hole.
6. When you are pushing your child in his stroller, tie the shoelace with attached toys to the front part of the stroller.
Are you getting the idea? The possibilities are endless. You can literally tie the shoelace to anything and everything. When your child drops a toy, it will simply dangle from the lace. Children can easily reach for the toy themselves or you can assist them without needlessly bending over, and over, and over again. This simple trick is a practical way to avoid playing the pick up game on a regular basis. Personally, I love it. Once you become accustomed to having a shoelace handy, you may start to feel lost without one.
What do you think about this trick? Have you tried it? Do you think it would work well for you and your child?