I have found that it really pays off to have an emergency bag of items packed away for your kid(s). Just a few things to keep the wee ones occupied while all the adults in the adult world are busy. I would always have a few story books, travel size games, puzzle books, crayons, markers, paper, deck of cards, coloring books and a few small toys like the kind you get in the kids meals from so many of the fast food chains offer us.
This emergency bag was used in courtrooms, doctor’s waiting rooms, hospital trips and visits, road trips and a variety of other places that would have been a real challenge to deal with kids that had nothing to do to keep them busy. My mother used to always say “Busy hands are happy hands” and boy didn’t she hit the nail on the head with that one. Thanks Mom!