I’m not a very fun mom.
I mean, I’m really cool and I’m nice and I do fun things for my kids. I fix fun food and I make up fun games and I make school fun. But, I’m not very easily convinced to do fun things with my kids (unless it involves sitting and watching them have fun).
I’m just not big on running 90 miles an hour to chase one of them so that I can tackle him onto the ground during a family game of football. (I have four boys, for goodness sake. I know my limits.)
I’m the mom who, while washing up the dinner dishes, will occasionally poke her head out of the kitchen to smile and chuckle as Daddy (aka Tickle Monster) chases the four shreeking boys all over the house. Then, after they’re all tickled out, I’ll call, “Who wants Mama’s hot cocoa?” And they all come running and cheering. (see, that’s how I’m fun.)
So, imagine my children’s surprise one morning recently when we were in the living room doing a Geography lesson, and a jump rope was laying on the ground and one of my littler boys (who is too little for Geography) was trying to make the silly thing work. And (without thinking), I take the jump rope and say, “Here’s how ya do it.” And then, right there in the living room at 10:43 in the morning, I start jumping rope.
My hair was flipping up and around, my sweater was getting contorted, and yet I jumped on, for a good, oh I don’t know, 40 seconds. I worked up a sweat and everything.
And it was SO FUN! (by the way, we have very high ceilings.)
I’m pretty sure my kids were speechless, for a good, oh I don’t know, 45 seconds (including my jump time).
Then, they all started cheering and saying things like, “Do it again, Mom!” In which I replied, “Oh well, here, why don’t you try now?” (I’m not trying to brag, but I was better than any of them, not that it matters or anything.)
So anyway, my point today is to get out there and do something fun with your kids, just because: why not?!
*Play a game of hide and seek, then reach out and grab them when they find you (in their toybox).
*Randomly break out into song in the car, singing your very best opera voice. (they’ll love it)
*When getting out of the car, shout, “Last one to the house has to do the lunch dishes!” Then make a mad dash (with your groceries and toddler on your hip) to the door. Don’t worry, you’ll get a head start because they’ll be too stunned to move for a couple of seconds.
*Or, just make some “really fun” hot cocoa and call ’em in, cause you’re probably worn out from just reading this.
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