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How to snatch a siesta from the jaws of 4-yr-olds

How to snatch a siesta from the jaws of 4-yr-olds

Long ago when I was in school I read a piece about a dad who
devised games to ensure he got his forty winks each afternoon. I have no clue
why it stayed with me. Perhaps God was preparing me for the twins even when I
was a carefree teen. Faced with long summer afternoons when I couldn’t keep my
eyes open unless I stuck my lids to my brows while the twins bubbled with
unfathomable energy I came up with my own games to keep them busy while I caught my nap. 

Read on and you might find something you can use.

 1. You Lilliputians me Gulliver
Gulliver is washed up from the ocean and lies sprawled on the shore (that’s you on
your cool bedroom floor). The Lilliputians (that’s the twins) busy themselves tying him up to sofa
and table legs, making speeches (Who is this giant? Where did he come from?)
and organizing meetings (What should be done with him? How shall we feed him).
And you get your siesta.

2. You Ram/Raavan me Kumbhakaran
might have come to Sita’s rescue in this classic Indian tale but it was
Kumbhakaran who will come to yours. What’s not to like in a giant who got to
sleep six months a year, ate for the other six and threw in a punch or two
when required? While the kids fight it out as Ram or Raavan you catch your forty
winks. Let the drums beat on and the trumpets be blown, Kumbhakaran shall sleep on.
The nose ticking can get to you once in a while otherwise life’s good. If your
child is anything like my H he’s sorted for Raavan. The other can choose between
the righteous Ram or the tragic Sita.

3. You Prince Charming me Sleeping Beauty
of course are the sleeping beauty (whether you’re a mom or a dad is quite immaterial).
Your child is Prince Charming hacking and fighting his way desperately through
the enchanted forest to save you, while you hope and pray he takes his time.
other twin poses a bit of a problem. If she is like N she might fancy herself the
princess. All you have to do then, is to convince her that the role offers no chance to show
off her acting prowess (yeah, we parents are creative). And so she shall become
the evil fairy slyly putting obstacles in the noble prince’s path. The prince
is delayed (Yay!) and both are occupied (Double Yay!).

4. You the parlour help me a customer
out interesting looking paraphernalia – a bottle of spray filled with imaginary
water, (there’s nothing worse than being shocked out of a blissful sleep with a
cold spray of water while you’re probably dreaming of deep unending sleep),
some bowls with tiny bits of cream (hand them over the bottle and rest assured
they’ll empty it out) and some slices of cucumber. Find a soft sofa or bed,
close your eyes and bliss out.

Don’t let small things like spilt water or half eaten cucumber slices faze you
– you did get your siesta, didn’t you?

5. You captor/saviour me the hostage
This classic game was absolutely designed for parents. One of the kids is your
evil captor and the other your noble savior. Give them soft bits of twine (Stoles,
scarves and dupattas work best) and let them tie you up – make sure you’re
comfortable. Let them drag you to a deep dark cave (essentially your bedroom,
with the curtains drawn and lights switched off). Let them fight it out then
while you sneak in your catnap.

PS: Don’t let gender issues put you off. If you’re ready to play Gulliver/Sleeping Beauty your son/daughter will be Prince or Sita or Raavan happily. Kids have incredible imaginations. And it’s a good place to begin smashing the stereotypes, what say? The siesta is the icing, or was it the cake to begin with?

Happy Napping folks!

This one is done for the prompt ‘How to…’ given by the the wonderful folks at Marathon Bloggers.

Take 5

Take 5

… is a game I enjoy playing with the kids. Long long ago one of the newspapers I worked with used to have a column called Take 5 and that’s where the idea came from. The kids have to tell me five things about a topic I give them.

The most basic one.. 5 things about myself. The start was cliched but then we had fun.

I am Hrit Pratap Singh
I am five years old
I love to go down and play with my friends
I love chocolates and fruit juice
I love my family

I am Naisha Singh
I am five years old
I love to draw and to ‘swim’ in the pool
I have flip flap hair (?)
Once I planted a tree that reached the ceiling

Here’s another simple one we tried.. 5 wishes you’d ask for if you found the genie in the bottle..

To be able to fly so I can see the stars from close (anything shiny is for her!)
To have long hair that reach the ground (vain vain girl)
To have a golden pool .. where the water is golden too (I told you.. shiny things)
To have a beautiful dress that I could wear in the water and that wouldn’t get wet (Clothes, water her two obsessions)
To be able to get in a flower and smell it from inside. (?)

To be the strongest man in the world (So I can hit all the naughty people. Naisha: You can hit the British. Hrit: But they already left. I’ll hit the chors.)
To be a fish and go deeeep inside the ocean.
To be able to fly so I can protect the insects and birds from naughty eagles. (The bug-obsession continues)
To become as tiny as an insect so I can go wherever I want and no one could see me. (Naisha: But then someone can squash you. Hrit: But I will be the strongest person in the whole world even if I’m small so no one will be able to hurt me)
To be able to talk to birds and insects.

It’s fun. It keeps them occupied and sometimes they come up with interesting/surprising/revealing answers. Try it.

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