Becoming The Fun Mom & Better Mom Mondays Link-up!

Do you remember telling your young married self that when you became a mom, you’d be the fun mom? You promised yourself you’d not over-react to little things (like your mom did) or freak out at messes made while your kids made awesome memories. I know I did.

I had visions of finger paints, water balloon fights, playing in the mud, and just being silly with my kids. Somehow, I had pictured motherhood like an endless summer’s day, carefree and full of curious wonder. Little did I know that motherhood, at times, would resemble the sweltering heat of summer more than its breezy hammock-swaying afternoons.

While motherhood is clearly not all fun and games, it need not be the task-oriented-constantly-behind-no-time-for-frivolity experience we often make it out to be. Maybe you’ll never find me getting muddy with my kids outside (or maybe you will), but regardless, I want to be more intentionally fun, deliberately light, purposefully enjoyable to be with.

Here are 6 easy ways to start becoming THE FUN MOM you’ve always hoped to be!

1. Smiling leads to laughing. Laughing is fun. So, go ahead, smile more.

2. Get down on your kids’ level. On the ground, in the grass, on the top bunk….at least once a day, go where your kids go.

3. Stop to give hugs. So many fun moments arise from personal contact–a tickle war, a piggy back ride, a race across the field, a wrestling match. You have to touch, and be together to make these moments happen.

4. Kids’ choice is a special treat. Try kids’ choice night for: dinner (popcorn and jello and hot dogs?!), movie night, game night…

5. Make time for inefficiency. Sometimes you simply have to resist the temptation to fill every open spot in your schedule in order to have time to be spontaneous. A last minute weekend getaway? A spontaneous drive to the mountains? A picnic at the park? Spontaneity can be fun!

6. Kids love all things squishy, gooey, slimy, sticky, and downright messy. Try and remember one fun thing you did as a kid, and count it a privilege to be the one to introduce it to them.

What are some other ways to incorporate some FUN into your mothering? Please share–I’d love to know! I could use all the help I can get! :)

Grace and peace,

Ruth Simons

www.gracelaced.com

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  1. says

    I used to love helping my mom in the kitchen. My three-year-old is very proficient at kneading her own batch of bread dough. I can’t make cookies without both kids clamoring to help. We may have more spills, but I love the time we spend together while doing it.

    • gracelaced says

      I so agree…including kids in our everyday tasks so often makes “fun” for everyone–even for us, moms!

  2. Kelly @ Eyes on the Source says

    Just discovered your blog tonight. What an encouragement! I look forward to reading more, thanks!!

  3. says

    It is way too easy to say there just isn’t time today for fun, that we are just too busy with so many responsibilities. Been there, done that, and I regret not taking more time. I have never said, “Gee, I am so glad I said no to the kids so I could do laundry, clean house, work on work, etc.”

    Making time to be “inefficient” is priceless and builds wonderful opportunities to really connect with our kids.

    • gracelaced says

      So true, Kim! I’ve never thought my day was spent better stressing about tasks than taking time for making memories!

  4. says

    Well…you know that I think you’re pretty fun! :)
    I think that last point is probably the biggest for me…leaving margins.
    Because I should expect the unexpected. When does a day with this many kiddos ever go “exactly as planned” ? :)

    Another really practical thing that has helped me with the “messy fun” is purchasing a big set of plastic cafeteria trays. We use them for everything (painting, playdoh, beads, stamps, picnics etc) and I know myself…it helps contain the mess…and I need to find solutions like that, where something as simple as a plastic tray makes me more likely to be a “fun mom”.

    • gracelaced says

      OH MY. Why have I never thought of cafeteria trays! They have some at our army surplus store in town. That’s a great idea! Genius!

  5. Sarah Bowers says

    Thank you for these 6 ways to become the fun mom. I have started to worry, now that I a FT SAHM, that I was becoming the commander/teacher while my hubby gets all the fun. These were very easy/practical ways i can weave some fun into our day. Have printed and posted on my fridge….thank you!

    • gracelaced says

      Sarah, it is such a transition when becoming a FT SAHM. I pray you will be encouraged as you experience the rewards of a job that pays eternal dividends.

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