If you're painting the furniture for your child's room, let them get in on the action. If you're painting a headboard...let them get in on the action, grab and brush and go to town --- ON THE BACK!!

The same can be done for dressers, bookcases, anything. They'll be so excited to be involved. You can actually get what you need to done without worrying about them. And, think about how wonderful it will be to look at the backs of those items years from now when you can tell them, "Yeah! You did that!"