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tips on how to inject a little fun into family time - part of a series on how to build happier families 21 days at a time

Happy Family Habit #4: Staying Young (and Silly!) with Your Kids

It’s been another 21 days so Kristin is back again with a new Happy Family Habit. (By the way – how did you all do with daily unplugging? I found it hard but immensely helpful!)  This time it’s all about having a little more fun…


How do you stay young and have fun with your children?  Do you find yourself being the serious parent?

Some people are born silly.  They don’t take themselves too seriously because they feel comfortable in their own skin.  I am NOT one of those people.  I take myself seriously.  I am a rule follower and I think about consequences. OFTEN.

So, in raising kids, my husband is often the fun parent and I tend to be the one holding the fort down.  Many of you moms will side with me.  Someone has to keep this ship afloat.

Over the past few years I’ve learned that there’s a time let go of the rules and what ‘should be done.’  There’s a time when the goal of having FUN is more important than anything else.  And being the organized mom that I am, I have a few tips on how to have fun.


1.  Hang out in places that you normally wouldn’t be.  This is where the fun is!  If you can always be found in the kitchen making meals or in the laundry room folding clothes, take a break and hang out in the kids’ rooms or outside on the grass.  It all starts with being present.


2.  Say yes to impractical things every once in awhile.  You’re the one that thinks about budgets and ‘good buys.’  But, kids don’t think that way.  So, throw good reason out the window from time to time.  Buy those fake moustaches just for fun!  I think the Target check-out aisle was made for those ‘just for fun’ purchases.


3.  Let the kids be in charge.  Kids are used to being under your direction.  Give them your cookbooks and take suggestions for dinner or dessert.  Or let your daughter give you a make-over.  These unexpected moments put them in the driver’s seat and lead to lots of fun memories.


4.  Moments of  general goofiness.  There are times when you just channel your inner 9 year old and have a great time.  This is my father-in-law and I hamming it up for the kids.  Of course, these aren’t every day occurences, but they are good for the soul.


How do you stay young and have fun with your children?  Do you find yourself being the serious parent?

I hope you’ll break out of your shell like I have.  If you really want a good laugh, check out my Halloween costume from last year.  Talk about being silly!!

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Kristin is a former teacher turned children’s photographer in southern California. Visit her website to read all about her adventures in photography, cooking, and her love of style.

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rebecca at thisfineday June 3, 2013 at 12:59 am

I’m totally the serious and rule parent. I also like rules. It says so right on my Yelp account, right under my picture, it says “I like rules, deal with it.” So, this happy blog post reminder about being present and finding the fun is a great reminder. I did ask my almost 5 year old the other day if she thought that I had too many rules for our house and she said, “No.” So, I guess I’m doing okay, but suppose I could always do better! Thanks for the post!


Kristin June 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Thank YOU for sharing! I think kids always appreciate a home with good solid boundaries. It makes them feel safe and secure. Then the FUN can be thrown in! :)


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