I've seen some great ideas on pinterest lately about engaging your kids in fun activities
to spend time together and get them away from the TV.
It's been an inspiration, and it got me thinking.
What if, one day every week or so, all we did was kid stuff?
Forget the laundry and dishes (twist your arm, right?), put away the smart phone, iPad,
lap top, turn off the television, and tune in to our kids.
Not just tune in, but really make the day fun and all about them.
I am talking on the cheap here, people, because truth is, they love the little things just as much,
if not more, than the big stuff.
Case in point: the whole four days we were in California for Disneyland, all Lute wanted to do was go to IHOP.
We were at Disneyland.
It's amazing the difference it makes in my kids demeanor if I don't have my phone or computer in front of my face. The world will not fall apart if I don't check my twitter, facebook, pinterest and instagram feed for the day (ok, well maybe during nap time).
And really, what am I going to miss?
So, we're going to try it. Weekly PlayDays.
The kids can choose what they want for food (within reason).
They can maybe even help me cook. (check back with me after the first week.)
We'll color and paint and play with playdoh.
Take trips to the park, play in the yard, walk the neighborhood.
We'll build forts, read stories and take extra long bubble baths (likely immediately following the painting).
There may be dance parties and truck races and soccer matches and sandcastle building.
And, we'll probably eat donuts.
The main thing is, I am going to engage them on their level for more than fifteen minutes at a time,
and let go of all the stuff I think I need to fill my day.
The floors can be swept later, the laundry done tomorrow.
I've got three little dudes who just want to play with their mama.
I'll take that while I can get it.