If you know me, you know I LIVE by the saying “work hard, play hard.” I believe fun is an absolutely essential ingredient in a successful life! I think we miss the point if we work so hard that we never get to enjoy our success.
This is especially important when it comes to our relationship with our kids and family. My relationship with my family the most valuable and rewarding part of my entire life. David O. McKay summed up my thoughts perfectly when he said, “No other success can compensate for failure in the home.”
That’s why my family is my number one priority. And that means being intentional about how I show up for my kids and my husband. A big part of that for me is planning for FUN! Fun doesn’t always happen naturally. We rush from this practice to that appointment to that call and end up frazzled and cranky. By the end of the day, we’ve gotten everything done but the most important thing.
The solution? Plan for FUN! I literally schedule it into my calendar. In case it’s been a while and your relationship with your family feels a little joyless lately, here are 10 easy things you can do to have a BLAST together (even in bad weather!):
Check them out of school for lunch Tell them they have a dentist appointment and then surprise them by taking them to their favorite restaurant
Let them pick your weekend plans Maybe even sit down and create a bucket list together!
Become a ‘YES’ Mom (just for a day) Let them choose the movie. Let them eat cake for breakfast. Let them stay in their PJs. Better yet, join them! You obviously can’t live like this all the time, but you can do it for just one day!
Have an un-birthday party Bring on the ice cream, the piñata, and maybe a small gift for everyone. PS- this is not just for young kids! Teenagers need a little childish fun too!
Pull a harmless prank together Maybe on one of your other kids! Or their dad! You may want to come up with some ideas in advance so you don’t get roped into doing something you’ll regret haha
Mix up your routine Have breakfast for dinner. Stop for ice cream on the way home from school. Take a random day off work. It doesn’t have to be a huge change, but a little spontaneity goes a long way!
Host a kitchen dance party This is personal favorite of mine. We have regular dance parties for all sorts of moods or occasions. The key to success? Let them be the DJ…
Plan a one-on-one date to do something they love I love doing mommy-daughter or mommy-son dates! Whether it’s a movie of their choice or a shopping trip or a day at the zoo, we always have a blast.
Make a music video or…brace yourself...a TikTok You have to meet them where they are! Let them be the director and be willing to go along with whatever they suggest. It may end up being one of the best memories they have with you!
Make them breakfast in bed I don’t know a single person who doesn’t get excited about breakfast in bed. Plus while they’re eating you can sit down and have some quality conversation.
If you need a few more ideas, one of my best secrets is to look up creative date ideas. If it’s fun for a date, chances are it’ll be fun for your kids!