It’s that time of week again when we focus on saying yes to our children and quit being such a no-sayer.
Okay, so my yes this week might surprise you. And it might seem insanely silly. But here it is: This week I said yes to . . . playing on the trampoline with The Wild Things.
You might find this hard to believe ( or not ) but I don’t play with my children enough.
There, I said it.
You see, it’s just that … well … they have each other. I bore half a baseball team for crying out loud. So, in a sense, they don’t need me to play with them. But in a more real sense, they and I both need me to play with them. Because I get bogged down in the maintenance of motherhood. I wash dishes and cook food and fold laundry.
The danger is that being a mother becomes a job. With most of the fun bits cut out. The Wild Things become obstacles to my mission – making more messes, disturbing my environment. It’s easy to enter into a cycle of frustration.
But when I drop the mommy job and just … play? Well, then my children become less my charges, and more my friends. We laugh – hard. We joke. We talk. And I am reminded, briefly, that my children being a joy instead of a job is actually possible.
So I’ve been saying yes to the trampoline every afternoon.
Now grab the button to put on your post, and then come back and share what you’ve said yes to this week.