I rubbed my hands over the fire pit to keep warm. The smell of the grill and the laughter of my kids filled my heart with warmth despite the cooler breeze settling in on this fall evening. I watched my kids play on the rope swing.
A spontaneous urge rose inside of me. I walked over to my kids, and said, “Move aside. It’s Mommy’s turn!” Their eyes lit up as they willingly handed me the rope. I laced my foot into the loop and held on tightly. One good push and I went soaring in the air.I didn’t swing as gracefully as my kids did. In fact, I lost my balance a few times and almost fell on my bottom. I called out for help. Just when I thought I wouldn’t recover, their precious arms guided me back to the deck. And I landed safely on my feet again.
I laughed hysterically at myself. My kids laughed with me. That’s when my oldest child’s words resonated so loudly within me. Mommy, I love when you play like a kid with us.
My heart melted instantly. Her words touched me to the core. One spontaneous moment of being silly resulted in an exchange of laughter and bonding. Her words reminded me of a quote I read when I first became a mom.
Get down on the floor and play with your kids while they are young enough to want you to play with them.
The truth is, whether we have young children or teenagers, our children crave our time and attention. They want us to partake in what they are doing and share special moments with them.
Recently, I’ve heard several parents say they are not enjoying their kids. Parenting is not fun for them. Between busy schedules, challenging behaviors, and constant demand, I get it. It’s easy to lose sight of the fun when we get stuck inside the daily grind.
But God desires so much more for us. As parents, He wants us to take delight in our children and find joy in the journey. As we look to God’s Word, Zephaniah 3:17b gives a beautiful depiction of who God is as a loving father:God is our loving Father. He models for us the kind of parent we can be. He wants us to enjoy our kids.
At times, it may seem more like a task than a desire in our hearts. It’s okay to feel that way. But don’t allow yourself to stay there. Break free from your rigid schedule and experience lighthearted moments with your children. Play hard, run around like no one is watching, laugh until you cry. In a sense, become like a child again.
How To Create Moments of Intentional Fun With Your Kids
Plan it out. But leave room for spontaneity.
Go out for an impromptu ice cream run. Wouldn’t your kids love that?! Go to that festival. And when your kids get their face painted, get yours painted as well. That will make their eyes light up, wouldn’t it?! Plan fun activities that your whole family will enjoy. Schedule a special date night with one child at a time. Let them pick what you do! Drop everything and just play with your kids on any ordinary day. Do what they are doing. Enjoy being with them in that moment. Take in who they are becoming.
Parenting is way more fun when we learn to live outside of our demanding schedules. When we place priority on these precious relationships.
I encourage you, Parent, snag special moments with your children every day. The dishes and laundry can wait another hour. Your kids are growing quickly. It’s too easy to find one excuse after another and allow the busy days to blend together. I find myself there quite often.
Yet, by hitting the pause button and going for the rope swing or doing whatever it is our kids want in that moment, we build a bridge between their world and ours. We connect our hearts on a deeper level.
And to be honest, parenting is way more fun when we slow down long enough to enjoy it.
In what ways have you created moments of intentional fun with your kids? Be sure to leave your comments below.
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