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Coping with fatigue yet trying to give quality time to grandchildren!

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Silverbirch Thu 05-Jul-12 12:02:50

I have had chronic fatigue for many years and manage really well considering
my husband died 7 years ago. I have to limit my activities which means I only see my grandchildren for a couple of hours every couple of weeks, when my daughter kindly brings them for a visit, and I really make the most of the time we spend together. However am sad that I am not able to offer more or do more with them and would be glad to hear from anyone else in a similar boat!

j04 Thu 05-Jul-12 12:30:41

When mine visit, I find it's enough to take them somewhere where they can run around and amuse themselves. They do get on well together though. That does help.

I find the picnic areas of National Trust properties are good for this. You don't even have to pay to access them (if you are not a member).

vampirequeen Thu 05-Jul-12 13:26:52

I suffer from chronic fatigue and when I can we make tents and play mad games. When I'm not up to it we bake, make box models, play board games. Depending on their age they can design their own board games which you can then play. Visit websites like DJCow, Cbeebies and Milkshake or other sites they know and you feel are suitable.

Silverbirch Thu 05-Jul-12 17:43:41

Thanks for those suggestions. I don't have the energy to take them far. Will check out the websites. They are 6 and 1 yr old girls. We do play board games, ball games, hide and seek and also make tents, not good doing the baking but they do like drawing.

vampirequeen Thu 05-Jul-12 17:54:53

The 6 year old will like DJCow...she'll probably know it from school. My 6 year old daughter loves it.

What about water painting when the sun is out? Paintbrushes and water...paint directly onto patio or wall. Lovely picture. Sun dries it so no cleaning up to do.

Bug hunts. Build a bug hotel using lengths of bamboo fastened together. Put it in a shady place in the garden and wait for the bugs to move in. Get a plastic magnifying pot so you can have a good look at them.

bikergran Thu 05-Jul-12 22:15:37

also chunky chalks! if you have flags etc it soon washes off with water (or the rain) lol

Annobel Thu 05-Jul-12 22:35:53

Pop-up tent/s for the garden. Children love to have a place of their own.

Silverbirch Sat 07-Jul-12 12:56:01

Thats a great idea thankyou! Yes rain will surely help with the washing offx

Silverbirch Sat 07-Jul-12 12:58:16

All great suggestions thankyou. Particularly like the big hunt idea!x