In today’s world, parenting has suddenly got very hard. In many cases both parents work and there is no one person dedicated to raising kids. Keeping track of kids activities and juggling other obligations can end up being very stressful. In such an environment, it is extremely important that parents focus intentionally on doing fun things with their kids.
I recently stumbled upon this guide of 101 Fun Things To Do With Kids To Enjoy Everyday Family Life and found it to be extremely handy in my own commitment to infuse more fun in our everyday life. As the guide promises, the more intentional I was the easier it became to find fun in our daily activities which used to feel stressful or boring before.
Here are a 4 things that I have tried that works best for our family
- Make breakfast fun: My kids are not big fans of breakfast and this used to be a biggest stress point. They always just want to either grab something on the go or skip breakfast entirely. In order to encourage everyone to sit down for a quick breakfast as a family, I devised a game. Whoever was the first one to finish breakfast, while maintaining the best attitude throughout breakfast, would be the captain of the day and would get to make decisions throughout the day. The kid of decisions they make are simple – for instance what songs to listen to while we drive to school, whether we have peas or broccoli with dinner and so on. But it gives them a sense of being in power and the kids can’t come to breakfast soon enough these days.
- Lunchbox notes: I have got into the habit of scribbling little notes for my kids and sneak it into their lunch boxes. At first they were surprised but eventually started to catch on. Every day on the way to school they would ask me if I remembered to put the note in there and when I picked them up in the evening we’d discuss the day’s notes. Some days it was a just a simple “I love You” message. Other days, it was a small doodle. Or an inspiring quote. Or a funny joke. I mix it up to keep them guessing and we all love it!
- Stop at the park for 10 minutes every day that weather permits: This has by far been the best decision I’ve made on this front so far. We normally don’t have a lot of time on weekday evenings to play in the park, so we actually set a timer for 10 minutes. But those 10 minutes of running around for the kids, and unwinding from my day so I can leave the work at work and get back home to focus on the kids has been huge for our family. It is now one of the best parts of our day!
- Have dinner together: There is a ton of research that shows that kids who eat dinner with families grow up not just with healthier eating habits, but with higher self-esteem and are less likely to get involved in drugs. And this can be a great time for you to engage with your kids and develop strong bonds. Is there a better way to enjoy being a parent?
At the end of the day, it boils down to this – life is too short to get stressed about. Be intentional about doing fun things with your kids, and rest of the things automatically fall in place!