Monday, April 14, 2008

Sometimes You Just Gotta Have Fun With Your Kids!

As my kids get older, it gets more and more important to me that we take time every so often to just play and have fun. The academics are getting more and more involved and we spend every day together doing school. We need time to "play" every so often. And that isn't as simple as pulling out some toys now that they are almost teenagers. So last week we were able to go to the county fair and just play!Yes, that is us upside down on some crazy ride that they talked me into going on! But a "carney" standing nearby bet me two stuffed dolphins that I wouldn't do it, so I was the winner in the end!We didn't do anything educational, we just had a blast riding crazy rides and hanging out together. It was a great day of bonding. We didn't even look at the animal exhibits or any of the science exhibits. I know, I should have taken advantage of the "learning" opportunities available at the county fair. But you know what? I think for this time in our relationship and lives, this was much more valuable than anything else. I feel blessed that my kids aren't embarrassed to hang out with their mom in public and that they actually like to do stuff together. I pray that will never change!As your kids get older, what are some of the things you do together just to spend time having fun? I would love to hear other ideas and experiences. For more homeschooling related items, please visit the Carnival of Homeschooling over at The Nerd Family's blog.

4 comments:

Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

what a neat time you had :)
Jen

April said...

How fun! Thanks for the reminder to play--with no ulterior "educational" motive. I can't wait till my kids meet the minimum height requirement for the big kid rides. Now we're hanging out on the kiddy coaster, which is a different sort of fun.

Lori said...

one of my favorite things to do for fun with my boys is just give them my full attention and let them pick an activity. there is always something they love to do that i prefer *not* to do - like play monopoly! ;^) - and they are never happier than when i just push everything aside and hang out with them doing their favorite things. :^)

Keeley said...

Ok, this SO makes me want to find out where the nearest amusement park is. The boy can do the rides; I'll do the deep fried oreos. =D