I have been having a really hard time with Anslie lately, specifically when it comes to needing to divert her attention while I do something constructive around the house and usually around dinner time. Anslie never really went through a period of separation anxiety around 18 months of age like most kids do but she is making up for it now! And she has this obsession with controlling my hands. Needless to say, it's really hard to cook when you have an almost-two-year old using you for a life size hand puppet.
Today I remembered a trick my sister uses to keep her 3 year old busy while she needs to get something done. She puts a chair up to the kitchen sink, gives her daughter some kitchen utensils, and turns the water on for her to play in. I tried that with Anslie today. It was a miracle! Silence for almost an hour. Good trick, sister of mine. After four kids you have some great tricks up your sleeve!