It's OK To Be A BIG Kid!
HOW TO PUT FUN INTO EVERY DAY
1. BE WHERE YOU ARE.
Kids are really good at enjoying the moment. Adults are addicted to thinking about all the things we have to do tonight, tomorrow, next week. Where you are is where the fun is. Nowhere else.
2. LEARN SOMETHING NEW.
From new words to new facial expressions, kids are constantly mastering new skills. Make it a point to continuously be learning something, anything. Aren’t we the ones who tell our kids that “learning is fun”?
3. GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
Toddlers take risks all day long. As we mature, we tend to stay in our safe place. Your day will be so much more exciting if you gather the guts to wear hot pink pants.
4. FIND THE BEAT.
While adults would find a car alarm loud and obnoxious, my daughter dances to the rhythm of the beat. Seek out the symphony in the background noise.
5. SMILE A LOT MORE OFTEN.
I’ve heard that children smile 400 times a day and adults, only 15. Smiling is the catalyst to having fun.
6. NOTICE NATURE.
Every child is in awe of ants, birds, and dandelions. At some point, we become creatures of the concrete jungle. Allow yourself to be enamored by Mother Nature.
7. CLIMB THINGS.
As soon as they discover their legs, kids start climbing everything. There is something about being above ground level that is somewhat thrilling. Climb a rock. Climb a tree. You’ll feel like the master of the universe.
8. EMBRACE YOUR “FLAWS.”
Being self-conscious is stifling. My toddler brings more attention to her Buddha belly than I ever would. But she also has more fun.
9. USE YOUR IMAGINATION.
A child can get lost in her make-believe world for hours. Imagine riding an elephant in Thailand. Or running a marathon on the Great Wall of China. You’ll have so much fun pretending that you might want to make it a reality—which leads to more fun than you can imagine.
10. BE UNPREDICTABLE.
There is no knowing what a kid will get up to next. Step out of your ordinary routine and you’ll be surprised at how liberated you’ll feel.
11. HAND OUT HIGH-FIVES.
For no reason at all, kids hand out high-fives like they just won gold at the Olympics. Next time you hear some good news, give somebody a high-five. It feels good to get pumped about the little things.
12. SLOW DOWN.
Children know how to take their sweet time. Allow yourself enough time to enjoy living. Rushing sucks all the fun out of the day.
Paint, draw, build, write. Kids clearly enjoy those activities. Fun is being in your creative element.
14. GET DIRTY.
Kids aren’t afraid to experience life hands on. Get right in there. Make sandcastles. Turn up a log.
15. BREAK THE RULES.
Fun doesn’t follow all the rules. Neither do kids. If it doesn’t hurt, go for it! Leave those pretty Christmas lights up year-round.
How can you add more fun to your day?