Funny blog, especially that bit about the toilet. Really though a person has to do what a person has to do.
I don’t have children but I work with them so I know how demanding personal time is.
What I find works well when babysitting however is what I call Alone Time (this of course only works when the child is at a developmental stage for it to work).
Here’s an example of how to implement it. First of all the adult in charge needs to make Alone Time sound exciting and special. Alone Time is precious, it is all about the individual connecting into the things they want to do.
AloneTime should go for half an hour and no more (Alone Time spent playing computer games for eight hours is not healthy).
After Alone Time is finished all the participants gather together over a game of scrabble or some other board game and talk about their Alone Time and what they did, and what they might do next time.
Alone Time is good because everyone gets to have a break from one another…and it also encourages children to entertain themselves without someone else having to entertain them. It also give the adult time alone to do something special for themselves.