Recovergirl sets book traps and game traps for her sons, and they apparently always work:
you can use book traps to divert your children to different parts of the house. I needed to clean the boy’s room but I knew I wouldn’t have much success if I just asked them to stay out of their room so instead I set up a book trap at the dining room table.No kidding. When I'm trying to get some work done or some email out, setting up the kid's crayons and some paper, or throwing a blanket over some chairs is much easier than trying to persuade her to play by herself for a few minutes until I finish, or convincing her to read a book when she asks to "watch sumpin'."
I’ve noticed that this sort of technique works well in parenting. No joke. If I keep one step ahead of my kids we can have a very smooth day.
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