Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Let's take a break for some fun

A friend offered up a nice idea:

"I think you should do a post one day on suggestions of fun silly things we do with our kids. Reminders that in the end it is these moments shared that we often remember.I think we get so caught up in getting from point a to point that we sometimes forget to stop and have a tickle fest or dance around the house in silly hats, paint with shaving cream on the deck doors, whatever . . . Might be fun to learn what other people do."

11 comments:

  1. it's true -- i have been thinking that i haven't been a fun mom lately. (what, mommy dearest can't be fun?)

    we are fans of the impromptu dance party (house and vintage madonna are favorites). also dragging kids around in laundry baskets. during bath, if we use bubbles, we sometimes put a bunny "tail" on both kids and they love it. then they do the naked "i like to move it, move it" dance. i've always fantasized about letting our 4-year-old "make" dinner. kind of risky...then again, i'm no julia child.

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  2. My 9-year-old like to put on crazy getups that involve a putting a pair of underwear on her head; she calls herself "Gal Underpantio" when she does it. Now I need to finish up this post quickly before anyone recognizes who I am, because she would die of embarrassment if she knew I posted this...

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  3. We like to go ride the elevators at the St. Francis and jump up to 'fly' when they plummet - good views while doing it, too!
    Lorraine

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  4. we do "fun breaks" (not sure where the name came from) where we take all pillows, towels, blankets from the closets and make a "track" around the house. then we run and tumble on it.

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  5. My son is still at the age where washing the car and cleaning out the refrigerator are super fun activities. Working it hard while it lasts. Trying to instill a love of gardening in him as well, because frankly we need it. :)

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  6. Then there's the much later age where we watch old Saturday Night Live classics and Jon Stewart together, and send each other YouTube links.

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  7. as a somewhat unrelated aside to caroline's last post (this is more like fun for parents), a friend forwarded me this link to the 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches (according to nerve.com -- i didn't know they were still around). there are some oldies but goodies (and the Will Ferrell "more cowbell" clip just makes me want to pee my pants every time ...)

    http://tinyurl.com/5fstc7

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  8. "More cowbell" is like an iconic line among my son's high school music peers -- a cult thing. I think some have it on T-shirts.

    Being the parents of teens can be full of angst (luckily mine aren't pregnant, on drugs etc., but even so...). But the fact that they can share this stuff with you partly compensates! And the YouTube links they send me are often hysterical.

    This is to let those of you whose kids are very young (practically all of you, in other words) know that there may be fun moments ahead.

    For that matter, one of my daughter's best friends in 8th grade has a family with tastes like ours, and the two girls were considering printing T-shirts that say: "Turd Ferguson: It's a funny name." (You can probably get this explained by Googling if you're not familiar with this SAturday Night Live classic.)

    If I note that "Black Bush" is among the links my kids send, I'll get blistered, but oh well.

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  9. I will be willing to "take a break for some fun" as soon as Kate comes clean with her school decision.

    Deadline to register is soon passing. What's the verdict, Kate ????

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  10. Since whether Kate chimes in at this point is totally out of my hands, I'll join with Caroline in saying that life gets more interesting as the kids get older. Parenting a tweener is challenging at times for sure, but I LOVE the ability to share books, movies (recently: Under the Same Moon and Young at Heart), zany YouTube clips, political discussions (very pro-Obama), train/geography board games, and much more. I loved my kids as toddlers, but I am not sorry that endless games of Candyland have faded into the mists of time....

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  11. My kids are very pro-Hillary. We talk a lot about politics and it means so much that my daughter believes that she can be anything when she grows up.

    (Little does she know that the world is still not equal, alas.)

    As to Kate, I'm so past caring what she decides. I can't even believe I am still here! Friday afternoon boredom I guess.

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