I didn’t know it at the time, but when my kids were little I practiced horizontal parenting!
I was just so tired.
So, I let the kids play hairstylist or doctor.
So I could just lie there while they checked my heart with a stethoscope and gave me many vaccinations.
Note: Beforehand, I made sure there were no scissors or permanent markers nearby!
Book about horizontal parenting
Michelle Woo wrote a book titled ‘Horizontal Parenting’! The subtitle promises:
“How to entertain your child while you lie down.”
What is horizontal parenting?
Horizontal parenting is about keeping your child occupied and entertained while you, as a parent, can have a nice lie down.
According to Michelle Woo, you don’t need anything else! Just some simple objects and your imagination.
50 ideas for horizontal parenting
This book contains a total of 50 ideas for this form of parenting. On the left of the pages, there are beautiful drawings illustrating the activity, and on the right you can read all about it
My favorite ideas are the ones where, as a parent, you can just close your eyes and you don’t have to do anything.
- Let your child paint or draw a still life of you.
- Play cops and robbers, with you being the “corpse.”
- Let your child outline your body on the floor with painter’s tape.
- Let your child measure how tall you are using items like soup cans or other small objects.
- Tell your child that your body is a train station and let them drive toy trains over you.
- Optionally, wear a white t-shirt and let your child draw train tracks on it.
- Let your child wrap you up like a package for the post.
Let your child write or draw on your back and guess what it is.
- Let your child draw tattoos on you using washable ink, of course.
Michelle Woo’s “Horizontal Parenting” is great!
And the illustrations are beautiful.
I can genuinely recommend this book!
I also think it makes for a perfect baby shower gift.