It is so easy to get caught up in the necessary routine of everyday life and that we often forget to have fun with our kids. Knowing when to chill out and have a laugh is tricky and learning how to switch off and just relax enough to actually have any fun is even more difficult!
Parenting is hard work. It is tiring. It is a full-time job. But it is also interesting and pleasantly challenging and it can be fun. So many of us grown-ups forget how to just have fun as we get older and begin to get bogged down with the daily stresses of adult life. Having kids around can help to teach us how to have fun again. Play with your children. Dress up and pretend to be different characters. Climb a tree (or just a big rock). Watch a favourite music video on repeat and try to learn the dance moves together. Play hopscotch. Make felt puppets. Build a puzzle. Finger paint. Play a board game. Or create an intricate scenario in your imaginations and play it out. Take cues from your child and allow them to lead the play. You may be surprised at how much they can teach you about having fun again.
Play is so important when it comes to development. Physical play of climbing, jumping, rolling and everything in between as well as imaginative and intellectually stimulating play. Play helps us to learn and to grow. Play helps us to become wholly developed adults. Play helps us to remember that having fun and enjoying our lives everyday makes it easier to get out of bed the next day and the next.
Smile, laugh and have fun with your children as often as you can! And if you are a grow-up that has forgotten how to have fun and play, let your kids teach you.