[Do you struggle to be playful and wish you could have more fun as a mom? Discover how to be a fun mom with these simple tips!]
Do you struggle to be playful with your kids? Does the thought of playing another endless game of Monopoly or trying to muddle your way through whatever video game your child is into right now? Or having yet another tea party stress you out?
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The other day in the Soul Care Mom Village, and if you’re not in there yet, you need to be, Mama. It is a beautiful space of encouragement and love.
Recently in the village, we met up for a virtual fireside chat, where we gabbed about playfulness and creativity, the struggles, the inspiration, and everything in between.
And one of the things that stood out for me was that when it comes to playing with our kids, a kind of wall can go up for us whether we feel play needs to go a certain way, or maybe we feel it takes too long, or maybe it’s just too messy.
And I can resonate with all of these struggles. Maybe you can, too. And simultaneously, we long to be playful. We long to let go of control, to go with the flow. And sometimes our rigidity when it comes to playing can stem from our own experiences growing up. I want to share a little story with you.
I remember sitting in the cold blue plastic chairs of my kindergarten class, blissfully coloring a picture of a hippopotamus a brilliant shade of purple, by the way, when one of my classmates nudged my friend and pointed and laughed at the way I was coloring.
I had never paid attention to my coloring method before, but apparently, I did it differently than my friends. Instead of short, straight lines, I made circular motions to fill in the shapes laid out before me on the page.
And in that moment, I was painfully aware and deeply ashamed of this difference.
And I made an effort to color the way I was supposed to, the way everyone else seemed to be doing it from then on. And I didn’t realize it at the time, but that classmate that pointed out this difference had probably also been laughed at and called names for doing something differently.
There’s a fear that comes up around being different, around being judged, and there was probably a part of him that was hurt and confused too. Those childhood experiences can stick with us and color our current experiences of the world, but we can lovingly heal from these experiences and step back into our authentic selves.
So let’s tap into your creative and playful side, shall we?
Fun Mom Guided Experiential Practice
I want to do an experiential practice with you, love. I want to help you in releasing that need for playtime to be perfect.
I want to help you to release control so you can have more fun with your kids.
Get still with me for a moment and breathe and just notice any thoughts that pop into your head. What’s your mind saying about playtime? What fears or judgments or frustrations are coming up for you?
There are no wrong answers here.
Know that those judgments and fears are stemming from a wounded, scared part of yourself, a part that you maybe feel needs to stay hidden, a part of yourself that may have been criticized for being unique, for coloring outside of the lines, for walking her own path.
Now expand your awareness in this moment and see that struggling part of yourself and hold her with your loving awareness. Let her know that her feelings are valid. Let her know that you see her and that she is safe.
Let her know that you’re here for her and she’s free to play and have fun, whether with her kids through other avenues such as a hobby, trying a new food, or finally signing up for that art class.
You have permission to set down the weight of the world that you’ve been carrying on your shoulders and just have fun.
Tips On How To Be A More Fun Mom
If you’re yearning to be a more fun mom, but don’t know where to start play with these fun mom tips!
1) Remember that being a fun mom doesn’t mean being perfect.
You don’t have to be able to beat your kids at every game, or know all the latest dances, or be an expert at crafts.
Just being yourself and spending time with your kids is what’s important.
There are a few things you can do to make the experience more enjoyable for both you and your kids.
2) Try to find activities that everyone can enjoy.
If your kids are into sports, maybe you can join them in a game of catch in the backyard.
Or if they love animals, you can take them to the zoo or on a nature hike.
3) Don’t be afraid to get silly.
Let your kids see you laughing and being silly.
They’ll likely follow your lead and it’ll make the experience more fun for everyone.
4) Try to stay in the moment.
It can be easy to get caught up in our own thoughts when we’re playing with our kids.
But if we’re not present, we’re missing out on all the fun.
Stop living for the next moment and live in this one, love.
So put away your phone, turn off the TV, and really focus on enjoying your time with your little ones.
By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a more fun mom.
And who knows, you might even have as much fun as your kids!
I want to leave you with a playful quote from Mary Lou Cook.
“Creativity is inventing experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”
So let yourself soften and surrender to this moment.
Allow yourself to get playful and curious about what the present moment has to offer.
There isn’t a wrong way to play, so release any judgment and let yourself have fun. Mama.
Want more playful tips?
Grab your copy of Reclaiming your Inner Sparkle.
And just in case no one’s told you yet today, you are a beautiful light in the world, and you are loved more than you know.
Keep sparkling, Mama.
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