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We all know that parenting can sometimes be hard. The mess, the noise, the constant demands, the squabbles, the running around, the busy days, the long to-do lists, the worries.
Sometimes it seems as if the days pass by in a blur and you know that you have been on the go non-stop, but you have no idea what you accomplished. I remember what it was like to get caught up in all the rush and business. It is exhausting I know, but one of the most valuable lessons I learned as a Mom was to relax, let go, and have fun with my children.
The easy way to reclaim the joy of parenting
Today I want to encourage you to take a deep breath and step back from everything that weighs you down. Now let it all go. Call your children and go do something fun together. Rediscover the joy of having nothing to do but play. It’s time to reclaim the joy of parenting!
If you find this hard let your children be your guides. Children intuitively find the joy in life. They know how to play. They know how to live in the present and simply have fun. Still if you need some ideas to get started you might gather up your children and
- jump in puddles
- blow bubbles
- climb trees
- jump rope
- play hopscotch
- do cartwheels
- roll down a grassy bank
- jump in leaves
- make mud pies
- play Pooh Sticks
- bang on your chest and make Tarzan noises
- Make daisy chain crowns
If you are feeling weighed down with the cares of parenting, you will find that playing with your children will help bring back the joy you seem to have lost along the way. Sharing joy, laughter, and fun will help you to bond with your children and strengthen your relationship.
So go play. Have fun. Revel in the gift that is your family and experience the joy of connection.
What have you learned about playing from your children? What is your favorite playful activity? Please join the conversation.
“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.” Charles Schaefer