A lot of the time as Mums we don't come under the 'Fun' category - the cleaning, the organising, the saying 'no', the enforcing of rules. It's easy for fun to take the back seat to all of this routine, but it shouldn't. The fun we have with our kids creates golden memories and is one of the best ways to ensure our kids grow into confident, happy adults. So we've put together some inspiration to help you make more time for fun, everyday:
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 fit 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.
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 - not multiple trips to the supermarket, no deciding what to cook everyday, and you got it, making more time for fun.
As soon as an adult turns up, the fun switch is turned off. You can't be the fun one when you're talking to someone else, so ban adults when you're having fun time with the kids. Save it for when they're having fun times with their friends.
Say 'no' more
Making time to have real quality time with the kids, just you and them, might mean saying 'no' to some of the play dates and events they get invited to. You don't have to make up a mystery illness, just tell the other parents you're making time for one on one fun and see how the idea catches on...
Talk to your partner about this and find ways you can help each other to make time. Share the bath time/bed time/meal time/homework duties so you can both have time to play.
Always 'The Enforcer'? Talk about this too. Enforcing works best when you support each other and this role really is better shared. Have a childminder/babysitter? Get them to do the dishes/make the dinner or lunches.
Ask a relative or friend your kids look up to to give them some help with schoolwork, say an hour a week, and use that time to do some of the chores you'd otherwise do on the weekend when you could be having fun.
Be perfectly imperfect
The dishes can wait...
Top Micro Scooter Picks for Mum
Make this Mother's Day memorable by giving Mum (or yourself) a fun gift.
Some of our best memories is the fun we have as a family. With a scooter for Mother's Day it will let you be the fun one more often. Scoot the school run, short outings, holiday adventures or go for a scenic ride on the weekend.
A scooter is a gift just for her too. A great way to get fit, feel great, de-stress and zip around. The perfect ride use on your journey to work, out to appointments or lunch dates. The fun and practical way to travel from A-B, not to mention it's great for the environment and lets you leave the car behind... bonus!
Micro Speed+ Deluxe Neon Rose - The Micro Speed+ Deluxe is designed for the ultimate positive impact on your commute or kids adventures. With our new colour range, there is something to please every mum, including Neon Pink, Alaskan Blue and Clay.
Micro Classic Adult Scooter White - the sleek and stylish design of the Micro White is very popular with Mums. The low foot plate and large wheels lets you get further with less effort.
Micro Downtown Scooter - this bold scooter is a brilliant ride for Mums. The wide one piece handle bar and wide deck create a super comfortable and super smooth ride over short or long distances. With the added safety feature of the hand brake - the Downtown is a one of its kind - safe, fast and easy to maneuver whether to town or keeping up with the kids.
Micro BMW City Scooter - Buy mum a BMW for Mother's Day! Developed by Micro in collaboration with BMW, the new BMW City Scooter is designed with uncompromising quality and technical innovation. Original curved handlebars, unique to BMW, are easily adjusted to the optimum height to suit every rider.
Micro Speed 2 Wheel Scooter Mint - The Micro Speed is a sleek, sophisticated and fast 2 wheel scooter. Perfect for mums who want a comfortable, compact commute and for kids who want that extra go-fast. This quality design simply means it glides safely and smoothly - it doesn't trip on the bumps, absorbing them, creating a smooth and fast ride that can be enjoyed by all.
We have something for every Mum, view our full range of adult scooters here