View Full Version : A very LONG saturday...

15-07-2012, 09:05 PM
I had sibling mindees yesterday (sat) for there first 13 hr day, there mum works 12 hr shifts, so they got dropped off at 6:30am and went home at 7:30pm, I found it a really long day and hard work if I tell you what we did please can you give advice, ideas ,constructive criticism also welcome! They are a 7yr old girl and 9yr old boy.

6:30 - They were both tired so I thought they might like to chill out and watch a film, they picked 'dolphin tale' they watched it for half an hr then were clearly bored as they were up and down, wondering around etc.
7am breakfast
7:30 -we all played just dance on the wii
8:15 - boy continued to play on wii, girl filled in some of her 'all about me book' did some work in her scrap book. tried to encourage boy to join us but he wasn't interested.
8:45 - both played outside
9:30 - Went to country Park with dog, walked around some swamps looked for bugs etc. then it started torrential raining, we were along way from car, they didn't have wellies or waterproofs, to make it worse they both managed to fall over so they were drenched and muddy! this resulted in the girl moaning, being generally grumpy and walking very slowly so all in all a bit of a disastrous outing!
12pm home, clothes changed, lunch
12:30 played board games
1pm the wii went back on for the boy, girl did some more drawing, made an olympic torch.
2pm - Another play outside in the rain
3pm - my son came home from his das they all played with hot wheels
4pm - son and girl did a puzzle boy went back on the wii!!!
4:30 - Early tea
5pm-7:30 - We went out to see the Olympic torch which was in our town, got very wet again but boys loved it girl wasn't too fussed.
7:30 HOME TIME :clapping:

My theme for the day was meant to be the olympics to go with seeing the torch, so we did make the olympic torch and did a olympic quiz over dinner, had also planned olympic races but because of the rain this didn't happen.

Do you think it was wrong of me to let the boy play on the wii soo much? Ive tried asking him what he likes doing all I get as an answer is playing computer games. He's a very chatty boy so although he was on the wii we were still talking alot, he seems to really enjoy being at my house and didnt want to leave yesterday and kept telling me I was a great childminder, so I guess alsong as he's happy thats the main thing or should I do more to encourage him to join in crafts etc?:panic:

15-07-2012, 09:24 PM
I think you filled in their day with lots of activities, and I don't think the Wii was used too much at all, they had long breaks between each time on there, and you can't make him do crafts if he doesn't want to, it's just a very long day to fill and they probably wouldn't have done that much at home no wonder he didn't want to go home:)

blue bear
15-07-2012, 09:41 PM
It was Saturday, you offered them a mx of craft, physical activity and relaxing, bet they had a great day:thumbsup:

15-07-2012, 10:15 PM
It was a Saturday! That was just such a long day. Don't tell me you do this every week? :eek:

16-07-2012, 06:06 AM
As they get more comfortable and settled they will probaly be able to entertain themselves more and so seem like lkess hard work.

16-07-2012, 02:07 PM
Thanks for the replies, its good to know I can just let them get on with it sometimes, I was worrying I hadnt done enough activities with them, so when they are happily playing what should I do? Sounds like a silly question but I'm not very good at doing nothing!

And no Itd not every weekend thankfully but works out at 2 weekends a month, ehich could be sat and sun just one day, the school hols are going to be hard 2 x13hr days and 1x 6 hr day every wk plus my littlies!