So here is another one of my hot “no skills needed” mothering tips (much like the cardboard box, but less work and no scissors). Yesterday was cold and dark and rainy and so were my little people. We were having the kind of morning where the kids lay sort of draped on the edge of things and claim to be physically unable to take of their pj’s. Lots of weak knees and hair in our eyes. So here’s what we did (don’t get me wrong – you could do this without bad attitudes first!) I just helped them get dressed with a lot of excitement and I made them put on their sneakers because they were going to show me some of their “crazy skills”. Then, we made the crash pile. It consisted of several couch pillows, two down comforters, and afghan, and a lot of miscellany. I showed them the route that I wanted them to run (start at the end of the hall, through the dining room, into the living room, and then the crash pile!). We set up a drink station at the end of the hall to be refreshed between runs! I’m sure all you mom’s know what happened – rosy cheeks, lots of hilarity, some of the craziest skills you’ve ever seen -all the good stuff!Â When we got tired of running we pulled chairs over to it and jumped high into the air into the crash pile. Yeah, it was a mess in the living room, but it was very, very worth it!