Thursday, November 18, 2010

Reverse Bathroom Breaks for Mums and Dads!

This is quite obviously a pic of our WC.  I now truly understand what is meant by the term "water closet" (this photo was literally taken in the doorway).  It is a tiny room - a place where you come in, do your business, and get out.  Unless, it is filled with magical books, magazines, and comics for the kiddies.  Then this little bathroom becomes an oasis of sorts - offering interesting reads for the youngest in the family and a good 5 - 15 minute break for the parents working (resting!) about the rest of the house.
The magazine holders are from IKEA - white for adults, red for the kids (we really should be modeling good reading habits!).  I used double-sided sticky tape between them to attach them and placed a clear sheet of contact paper across the bottom of both to keep the holder clean(er).  I try to keep a good selection of materials rotating on at least a weekly basis.  And I place the most interesting covers in the front in hopes of enticing my little ones.  Truly, my 3-year old has gone to use the bathroom and stayed there reading for more than 10 minutes!  I'm not encouraging random trips to the bathroom for reading - just the necessary ones.  Still, between two potty-trained kids, it gives me some nice breaks throughout the day!  I wipe the books down with wet wipes before they make it back to the shelves.  I'm thinking this makes the whole practice technically OK!  What do you do to give yourself little coffee breaks throughout the day?


  1. You are awesome, my friend! You inspired me to get messy with my fellas today. We added water to the chalk dust you gave us(not sure what else to call it ;) ) and painted on the sidewalk and brick walls. Tons of fun!

  2. You are so awesome Mrs. Kristin! Glad you are having fun out there!