There used to be a bumper sticker that said, “Have you hugged your kid today?
Maybe today we need one that says, “Have you played with your kid today?” I’m using the idea of play in a very general way. This play is not just a game with rules or a sport. But something both parent and child can especially enjoy together.
Have the only things you’ve said and done with your children all been about tasks and completion? Here are a few things to think about.
- Have you taken the time to tell or hear a silly story?
- Have you plopped down on the floor and wrestled with your children?
- Have you hugged your little child and started to dance across the floor?
- Have you made a game of a chore instead of just telling Little One to ‘get it done’?
- Have you worked a puzzle or drawn a picture together?
I think you get the idea. All these things take a little time. We must relax a little and not be compulsive about the completion of a task. They all mean some smiles or laughs by both parent and child. In other words, “Have Fun!”
Don’t let a day go by where the only things you talk to your child about are tasks and time and duty. Take a deep breath. Lay down your phone or paper and focus on your child. Start singing a silly song. You might find there is a better atmosphere in your home for the whole evening.