Sometimes there is nothing nicer than sitting down, putting your feet up, drinking a warm cup of tea and watching your little one play. Enjoy it, revel in the quiet but then, get up, put your tea down and sit on that damn floor and play with them. Watch their little faces light up when you simply sit down and ask “what are we playing?” They love it.
They not only depend on us for keeping them alive, making sure their safe and feel loved but they also depend on us to help their imaginations grow, to laugh with them, tickle them and be their friends.
Some days I don’t want to play Barbie’s for the 100th time or play mammies and daddies with 8 dolls coming out of my eyeballs but I do it because that’s what Hattie needs. She needs to be able to not only play alone but to play with us, her parents.
Some days I am too busy to sit down all day playing with every single toy Hattie has and that’s life, there’s nothing that can be done about that but I do make time, every single day to play or to throw some Disney music and Taylor Swift on and have a major dance party that only consists of two people. Those are the moments you’ll remember when they’re 18 and no longer want to have dance parties with you not the washing you didn’t get through or the funny video on Facebook you didn’t get to watch.
Fleeting moments turn into missed years. In the words of Roald Dahl, don’t be a stodgy parent, be a sparky one. Your child will always thank you for that.