I have a big research paper due and I need time to just write, ya know? Well I tried the babysitter route with A's sister and that went horribly. Since I was there (I don't want her driving with just Chloe, but thought I could shut myself in a room without them and we have swings and stuff) she acted like she didn't have to watch Chloe and did other stuff which made me have to get up constantly to supervise and play with/change Chloe. I mean I am her mom and don't mind that- but I had counted on that time to work and I thought I had arranged for it too but I guess I hadn't.
How do you keep your kids distracted for awhile, I'm not talking a long time- just a few half hours at a time so I can actually collect my thoughts and write?