Have you ever felt like you have forgotten how to have fun? That you used to laugh, play and feel free? Sometimes we get so caught up in our world as parents that we forget that we used to thrive in nonsense. At least I did… In fact, the thing that most attracted me to my husband was his uncanny ability to have fun in just about any situation.
So, instead of taking the spectator stance, as I so often see parents taking, my husband and I do our very best to allow our children to witness us having child-like fun as often as possible.
And, yes, that often includes dancing, roller skating and bouncing with the kids at Defy Gravity.
We never miss an opportunity to bounce! For $14 an hour we jump, laugh AND our kids get to see us as people rather than in our usual roles as parents.
Now, I am a bit more conservative on the trampoline than my husband is. He enjoys flips into the cheese pit and swinging from the big swing but I have my own level of fun.
Yes, I play it safe despite my kids’ best efforts to get me to bounce off the wall.
Yes, I am breathless by the time I bounce off the mat.
Yes, there are many times when I am the only mom jumping.
And, Yes, sometimes I even pee a little.
But, I have a great time and most importantly, my kids see me having high energy fun. They experience me not as Mommy but as Tracy. I must say, I am quite the pro jumper now and am seriously considering a gig with Cirque de Soleil…
Your kids are learning how to navigate life by watching you with their little eyes, ears and hearts. I invite you to incorporate some high energy fun into your life this week and share your experience with a comment below.
“Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have fun. But you have to know how.” - Dr. Seuss
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