Being a parent means that there’s always something to do. Making meals, doing laundry, paying bills, keeping the house clean, going to work, looking after the kids… the to-do list is always a mile long at any point. But all work and no play makes for dull parenthood – just because we have responsibilities doesn’t mean we have to get caught up and miss out on having fun with our children.
Want to inject a little more playfulness into your parenting regime? Here are four ways to do so. Have fun!
Join in your child’s play sessions
Whether they’re running around the playground or building a fort at home, make it a point to hop in instead of tending to whatever you’re working on at the moment. Even if you only have 10 minutes to spare, these little nuggets of quality time will show child that you’re willing to spend playtime with them. Plus, depending on the activity, it can also count towards workout quota for the day. Everybody wins!
Play games before doing boring tasks
Nobody likes doing mundane chores or homework, so add in some incentive by indulging in fun activities before embarking on routine tasks. Whether it’s playing hide and seek before doing the laundry, or doling out a card game before your kid settles down to do their homework, this lets you spend time together before getting busy, and make it easier to persuade your child to co-operate.
Create fun out of everyday routines
Instead of missing out on playtime to tidy up the house, why not make cleaning up a game? It might require some clever angling to get your kids engaged. For example, ask your kids to pretend that they’re cyclones to see how many toys they can suck off the floor and into the bin. Or challenge them to see who can collect the most toys of a certain colour in 30 seconds. This can apply to many situations: bath time, encouraging your child to do homework, and more!
Have a sense of humour
You don’t have to be prim and proper all the time. Having a sense of humour (especially at your own expense) teaches children that it’s perfectly okay not to take themselves too seriously. So the next time you mess up, make light of the situation and start over.