Make time for fun. Just make the time for fun. Don’t you have time for fun? You’d feel better if you made time for fun.
We have all heard it. It’s in parenting books. It’s on memes. Hell I’m sure there is a #maketimeforfun. Oh actually I know there is because I just used it about 10 minutes ago when I posted an adorable pic of my boy on Instagram.
Making time for fun is easy to talk about but not so easy to put into practice. We all have busy work schedules, a mountain of laundry to do and those little children continue to want food three to six times a day. Just keeping them alive is a full-time job so when are we supposed to “make time for fun”?
I’ve recently come to the realization that it does honestly come down to making time for fun. Just like we schedule work assignments and doctor appointments we have to schedule it. I have blocked out each day on my planner a thirty minute time slot to play. Some days the time for fun is much longer but it is a guarantee that every single day my guy is going to get thirty minutes of fun time with me.
Often that fun time means we play a few games of Ruckus or Go Ape or Pass the Pigs. He loves playing games! Or we may sit and read a couple of books using our funniest accents or do a puzzle together. Sometimes it’s a quick dance party or a tickle war. The point is making time for fun doesn’t have to be a big deal. You don’t even have to leave the house or spend any money.
Along with making time for fun I’ve really been trying to stay in the moment when we are doing fun things. I shut off the phone or put it on silent. I make sure to listen to what Sylas K is saying and ask him questions and give him feedback. It seems so silly to say that but there are so many times when I’m rushed and he is talking that I don’t really listen to him. Sad but true!
In order to make sure I’m able to “make time for fun” I’ve had to rethink some of my other priorities. Meals still need to be prepared, laundry needs washed and the house needs picked up. Responsibilities don’t stop because we need fun. So I’ve started including Sylas in more household responsibilities and sharing the load more. He even declared yesterday that he was going to make chore time our fun time and boy did he ever.
I was folding laundry in one room and he would come in and bow and say “my Queen what may I do for you now?” He even used a cute little hand gesture. I would assign him a quick chore and tell him to walk backwards or walk like a penguin while he did the job. We both laughed so much and got our chores done in record time.
That experience again reinforced to me that it doesn’t take a ton of money or a ton of time to make time for fun. We can all do it. We just have to plan and get creative.