Having fun with the kids teaches them social skills and knowing that you love playing with them is invaluable for their self-esteem and confidence. What could be more important than that?
But is having fun with the kids a priority? Try saying ‘having fun with the kids is not a priority’ and see how that sounds – it’s a quick way to realise that yes, having fun with the kids is a priority for you.
Make fun part of your routine...
What’s your daily routine? Is fun a part of it or just something that happens if you have time?
Every day we make time to get dressed, brush our teeth, do the school run, make meals, read stories, do bath time, get ready for bed... Take a look at your routine and see where fun naturally fits in then book it in as a non negotiable part of your day.
...and make your routine fun
An easy way to get in more fun is to make more of the daily routine fun, for both you and the kids.
Turn as many parts of the day into a game as you can – from brushing teeth to doing the supermarket shopping, it can all be fun if you put your mind to it.
Try scooting the school run - often one of the most stressful parts of the day, the school run can be transformed into one of the best by scooting. Our guess is it’ll make it easier to get the kids out the door too.
Ignore the outside world
The minute you look at your phone or log on to your laptop the kids know the fun is over. Having fun requires your full attention, so turn off your phone and vow not to check Facebook, Instagram or emails during fun time. There’s time to do that later.
Keep things simple
How much time everyday do you spend deciding what to wear? Make like Steve Jobs and have your own personal uniform. He wore jeans, a black turtle neck and trainers everyday – to avoid decision making fatigue, saving his mental time and energy for more important things.
The same technique works for making time for fun – create your own uniform (turtle neck not required) so that you can be ready in 5 minutes, and save that time for having fun.
Plan out the week’s meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner – then create a shopping list and do it all online. This is going to take an hour or so, but then you’re done for the week – no multiple trips to the supermarket, no deciding what to cook every day, and, you got it, making more time for fun.