Parenthood, in my experience, often requires on-your-toes planning and quick thinking. Is that rickety-looking slide safe for my toddler? Are there any potential allergens in this snack? Do I have time to stream another episode of UnReal before nap time is over? Sometimes, the answers are simply a quick “yes or no,” and sometimes it’s much more complicated. Sometimes, we’re forced to step up and get creative while parenting.
This can be easier said than done, I understand, especially when we’re sleep deprived and running on caffeine (and only caffeine), but it can also be kind of fun and super rewarding. I mean, in the same way that indoor recess was not as awesome as outdoor recess, at least it's better than the alternative, which usually consists of sitting in a room and doing, well, nothing. Sure, there's probably something "better" and "easier" you could be doing, but piecing together an indoor, toddler-friendly activity when all you have at the ready are pipe cleaners, toilet paper and flour is better than doing nothing. I will find something educational and inspiring in that mix, or die trying.
Sure, sometimes (read: always) that creative thinking is born out of necessity, and that necessity can involve some less-than fun situations. However, at the end of the day, you can pat yourself on the back for getting the job done, and you can rest easy knowing that if all else fails, you can use your creativity in other ways. Creativity that was, probably, fostered during moments like these: