I am the first one to moan about the downsides to being a mum. It’s bloody hard work and it can downright stink sometimes. However, I also realise that sometimes, when things are good, my kids are very easily pleased. The simple, easy, and free of cost things really do make them happy – and help keep me somewhat sane.
At the grand ages of (almost) 2, 6 and 7 years old, they still enjoy the simple things in life….
- Bubbles, chasing, blowing you know the drill
- Walking in the woods, collecting sticks/leaves etc
- Painting and drawing
- Watching a film together under a big blanket
- Chasing each other around the park
- Singing, dancing and acting silly
- Having a ‘sleepover’ together (sleeping on the floor!)
- Feeding ducks
- Playing ball games
- Reading books
- Hide a small item in the house and all hunt for it…
- Being ‘animals’ – get on all fours and do your best roar/growl/meow!
I feel like kids these days are so bothered about their gadgets and an iPad serves more interest than anything else, but actually, they do love all the above and more. I need to remember that when they are older, it will be a lot harder to entertain them with the simple things, and I will long for the days when they were this age. Time goes so fast, in the blink of an eye your baby develops into a child. I need to stop and slow down every day to watch them and embrace their innocence and everything that makes them brilliant.
Fresh air is the best medicine for feeling low, having a bad day, or just the usual crap that comes with being a mum. Getting outside, letting them run around a burn off some energy and take in the beautiful colours of this lovely season… it really does help.*
*Just mind the dog poo. Oh and brace yourself for the toddler face planting the floor over and over.
**When you return home, a nice hot cuppa tea is always in order. Or wine. Up to you 🙂