Tips for Passing Time with Kids

Gretchen Rubin
September 18, 2010

You're with your kids, and you're stuck in a long line at the drug store. Or waiting for a plane to take off. Or trapped in a car for two more hours. What to do?

Here are some ways to pass the time. Maybe they don't all sound incredibly compelling to an adult, but I've successfully relied on them all many times:

This or That: would you rather eat a hotdog or a hamburger? would you rather be able to fly or breathe underwater?

Imaginary Bedroom: ask your child to imagine the perfect bedroom, complete with magical features.

Who Am I?: one person describes himself or herself as a familiar character -- Wilbur, Hermione, Shrek -- and the other person guesses the identity.

Name That Store (my invention): I feel like I'm indoctrinating the Big Girl in capitalist culture, but hey, it works. I ask her to come up with names for a pet store, a toy store. Strangely fascinating.

Twenty Questions: never fails to amuse.

You can read the rest of this article and so much more at Gretchen's website, The Happiness Project.

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