1. Suck it up and slide. Slip 'n Slides are one of summer's key
accessories. But when's the last time you threw yourself headfirst
down one of those slippery runways? Pull on your one piece
(please), take a Motrin and go for it. Your kids will either be
elated or completely mortified. Either way, they'll never forget
2. Set up some sabotage.
Step 1: Buy yourself a pack or two of water balloons.
Step 2: Fill them all while your kids are asleep and place them
in a big bucket.
Step 3: Wait until your kids are outside playing in the yard and
start chucking the water bombs out an upstairs window or from any
other suitable location.
Step 4: Laugh your love handles off.
3. Steal their toys. Select one of your kids' favorite types of
toys, like a cool new Barbie or a shiny six-shooter cap gun. Buy
one that's just for you and jump into some serious uninterrupted
playtime with your kids. A half hour of concentrated play goes a
really long way.
4. Break your own rules. Create a batch of "get out of time-out
free" cards to be used throughout the day that allow your kids to
break a few rules. My boys suggested "free burp" and "tell one
potty-humor joke" cards.
5. Dive right in.* Here's another one for the record books, but not
the video camera. Get in line behind your kids at the diving boards
and let them see your very best cannonball.
*Do this one before your kids are tween-aged or they may be
scarred for life.
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