Proverbs 17:22 says that when you are cheerful — an attitude of the heart — it is a “good medicine”. I really like this phrase. Generally, I am a very cheerful person. I am optimistic and happy, with a love for laughter.
When my son was young, I would have my “sidekick” right beside me. My wife, Ginger, and I would ask him silly questions that invoked silly responses. We would use him to pull harmless pranks and would have both fun real-life activities, and adventures filled with imagination.
So, want to spice up your day? Here’s a quick list to empower you to add some smiles.
1. Ask children some great questions.
Stop for a moment and have fun with this. Start with “How was your day” and then move to some more creative stuff.
Perhaps ask things like:
- “Is there anything we can do together today?”
- “How do you think peanut butter is made?”
- “What does daddy do at work?”
- “Why does the Tooth Fairy take your teeth when you lose them?”
2. Run a race
Set some goal point, give them a head-start and RUN! Remember, it’s about building memories and self-esteem — and not about YOU winning! 😉
3. Read a story
You can make a great connection with our kids when you read to them. Pick something fun and entertaining. The put some emotion into it. Do funny voices, or have them do some.
4. Look up famous places or places you have lived on Google Earth, or Google Maps.
I know this sounds geeky, but it can be a great adventure for kids who are the right age-group. Don’t wear out your time with this one, just make some connections. Suggestions would be places like the Grand Canyon, Empire State Building, or perhaps a camp ground your family has visited.
5. Play a game
Get out of the routine by playing cards, ping pong, or croquet. You may even want to invent your own board game or card game.
HAVE FUN! Enjoy the gift of your family!