When my kids have to do their chores, one of two things happens. They miraculously and pleasantly do what they are supposed to after being asked only once (hallelujah), OR I get eye rolling, exasperated sighs, whining, tasks being done half heartedly, complaining, etc. And I might hear one of the following (channel your inner annoyed child self as reading them):
I don’t want to pick up the (insert whatever I’ve asked be tidied).
Why do I always have to do all the work around here?
I never get to have fun because I am always doing chores!
This is so annoying! I have to help around the house Every….Single….Day!
You should try unloading the dishwasher and see how it feels!
The last is one of my favorites.
Do you sometimes wish you could be a kid again, with a much smaller responsibility list, and a different perspective on the world? One where you stop on the sidewalk to marvel over every roly poly you see? (Or are you in the camp that calls it a pill bug?) Children are masters at living in the moment, and prioritizing fun and play.
Do work, to-do lists, responsibilities, saying yes to too many things, deadlines and the like can all take a front seat to fun and play in your day-to-day life? Hit reply and tell me about it.
You can get to a place in your life where the demands of your day-to-day can make you weary.
A while back my husband and I were talking about midlife crises. And we pontificated on what our shiny bandaid would be if we were to ever indulge a midlife crisis. For the record, my husband said he would buy an FJ Cruiser, and I would escape to some fabulous international destination for a month or two. No cell phone, and definitely no Facebook!
Instead of shiny bandaids, I use other tools to create better balance in my life so there is room for fun and play. Especially because I live in an awesome state to play in!
What role do fun and play have in your life? Why is that? I want to hear your answer! Join me on my Facebook page for a discussion on this topic!