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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Have Fun With The Kids!

Some assumptions like the fact that you love your children and are happy to be a parent must be made here. If you are still reading then I assume you have affirmed that. Now what? They like to run around in circles and play with everything in sight and I can only spend so many minutes saying either “no, don’t touch that” or threatening to leave knowing that would be more of a punishment for me then for them since I would have to figure out some other place to go. Pretty much the only place that a kid can run wild and you don’t have to worry is a place like the Children’s Museum. I know they won’t hurt anything by running around a place like Funigan’s or Chuckie Cheese but I personally do not allow my girls to run free at those sorts of places because I am afraid of the other, more “assertive” (or something like that) children. I hear complaints all the time from moms who are trying to find ways to entertain their kids that they themselves can tolerate. There is a good balance between being a parent and still having fun. I think that some of what you do does obviously need to change upon the birth of a child but it does not all have to be the pits for you. Especially if you stay home with you children and so do everything with them. Now granted you probably should not be taking your children into the bar at happy hour or expecting a 3 year old to wait patiently while you get a manicure but there are so many fun things you can do with your children that are fun for both you and them. You don’t have to give or take everything in order to continue to be a happy person who enjoys life.

My favorite is to get a group of 3 or 4 parents who enjoy each other’s company together and let the kids play while you sip on a glass of wine (careful if you are driving). Don’t get hung up on whether the kids are best of friends because I guarantee you that if they are put together for long enough with some toys they will eventually play once they realize that they may be there a while. So when selecting your play group make it people you would want to be around. Really, I wish there was a place like a Children’s Museum that would offer such a setting. Of course the drinking should be taken seriously but if we could just for the purposes of my pretending assume that all parents are like you and me and would never put their kid’s lives in harm’s way by drinking and driving then this would be perfect. Have a Children’s Museum type setting along with perhaps a little area with music where the kiddos and their parents could cut a rug or shake it a little if they so desire and of course some type of food you would be in business!

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