3. Fun Is Everywhere
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How do you turn a humdrum activity into fun? Invite a kid to join you.
Take it from a kid: everything is fun, and fun is a necessary component, no matter what they’re doing. Adults have a habit of separating pleasure from just about everything else to be done. There’s other stuff, and then there’s fun sitting on a shelf collecting dust. Fun gets put on hold, standing by for the “right” time.
Not so for kids. Fun is everywhere, and their job is to transform the mundane into magic.
I recall doing the most tedious chores with my kids, and somehow they made humdrum fun, whether it was washing the car or working in the yard. I often think of how much more fun the daily routine is through the eyes of a child. Watering the flower beds became a squirting fest. Bath time turned into soaping up like a white owl. I laugh when I see comedians do “mom watch” jokes.
It’s true, kids can entertain themselves doing anything. Whatever you do, make it fun!
4. Don’t Take Yourself So Serious
Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:4 ESV
Have you ever noticed that kids don’t take themselves too seriously? Children are humble, expressive, and experts in laughing at themselves. Somewhere along the road to adulthood, we become afraid to mess up. We shelter behind the mask, not wanting anyone to see our flaws. When a kid falls, they laugh and get back up. They don’t care who’s looking. Why?
For kids, there is no shame in humility. You can often catch them being themselves.
I remember a time my daughter and I rested on a bench outside Cold Stone cooling off with ice cream. It was a sizzling hot summer day when you could feel sweat dripping down your back, and we could have baked cookies on the sidewalk. The only refreshing element was a large fountain nearby. I wanted to cool off in that fountain. My daughter did.
Without warning, she marched right into the gigantic cold spray, jeans, and all, and spun around with total satisfaction despite the gawking onlookers. Did she care? Nope. Sometimes, it’s fun to be spontaneous.
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