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People are pressured too much to act like adults and be serious all the time. It gets really tiring after a while. This is especially the problem when children come.
Of course, parents should be responsible but this is also the time to relax and have fun with children. Let your inner child come out and make some mess!
Buy and Play With Toys
Everyone wants to please their children as much as possible and buying toys is often a good way to do that. Still, every child needs a partner for the game.
No one is going to judge the parents when they jump right into the play with their kids, running around with toy cars, sipping imaginary tea with dolls or even building a cube castle. The beauty is in the fact that all the fun and enjoyment is more than allowed.
So, get crazy in a toy store. Who is there to tell whether the craze is about you, your child or both!
Decorate the Child’s Room
Roll up your sleeves and start decorating the most important place in the children’s life – their room. Do it together and let the ideas from your own youth spill through.
Did you always want to attend a karate class at your local Sullivan Community Space? A Kung Fu Panda room may be in order!
Everything that parents didn’t have when they were children, they can give to their kids now. This is the time to get creative. Different paints, interesting furniture, phenomenal wall stickers – there are so many options just waiting to be used!
Sing During a Car Ride
If your child is small, sing gibberish together and pretend that it is some kind of foreign language. If the child is older, sing together with his/her favorite songs.
No matter how short or long the road trip is, there is no reason not to make it fun and as loud as possible! Good chance it will help them sleep too!!
In reality, parents wait for that new episode of Penguins of Madagascar more than their kids. It wouldn’t look that strange that an adult is a hardcore cartoon fan, now, would it?
Sit down, relax and enjoy every moment spent with your child while watching some animated show.
Learn all the Disney songs, too. They can come in handy during that car ride.
Playtime After Dinner
There is no better way to digest dinner than playing with kids around the house. This time of day can prove to be a real little bundle of treasure. Play hide-and-seek, Simon says, scarecrow tag and so on. The fact that you are indoors will only make the experience more amusing.
This could also be the opportunity to teach the kids about all the old-fashioned games you used to play. Still, if something gets knocked over do not assume that your kid is the only one at fault.
Organize Some Fantastic Costume Parties
You can have fun parties at your home even if there is no special reason behind them. Actually, is there a better reason than having fun with your kids?
If you are a big fan of superheroes, a superhero party is a great choice. Everyone can dress up as their favorite heroes. There is also the possibility of super fun army parties that dads would particularly enjoy.
There is really no limit – any theme party goes!
Bake, Bake and Bake Some More
No more boring kitchen routine! Now you can spend your time preparing delicious cookies and cakes together with children.
Is there a party coming up? Bake something. Is there nothing special coming up? Bake something.
Tasty snacks are fun to make and now you have a good excuse – if you had thought that you needed one before.
Sand Castles are a Must
You simply have to let your child get dirty, so why not get mud all over yourself then, too? Either way, you will have to use the washing machine.
Playing in the sand is a joyful activity for all ages.
Grab your tools and help your child make the best sand castles possible. This does not only help you get rid of accumulated stress, but it enhances the child’s creativity as well.
Water Gun Wars
If the weather is nice, it’s time to load that water gun. There are many kinds available on the market and you can create a real contest out of this activity that is also a great exercise for both children and their parents.
Laugh, run and get all wet! The excitement of this game is beneficial for the body and mind, and an irreplaceable memory later in life.
Jump to the Skies
Get a home trampoline, or, even better, take your kid to a trampoline fitness center. There, you can both jump to your heart’s content. Who would have known that a simple exercise could be so enjoyable?
Moreover, in fitness centers like these, there is a place for eating and drinking, so you can take your time during the weekend and relax.
In all honesty, adults are bigger kids than their own children at times. It is important to realize that it is perfectly fine to be childish, and when you have children by your side, the whole world is open for new adventures!
What’s your favorite past time with your kids?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.