Next year, we are planning to surprise the boys with their first trip to the Florida theme parks and I have no doubt that they will be over the moon with excitement… but they were also giddy with joy today because it was movie and PJ day at camp.
In trying to be the best possible parents, we sometimes forget that it can be the little things that give our children the most joy.
This weekend, five boys were collectively moping around our sunny backyard because they were “so bored”. (In reality it was because we wouldn’t let them inside to play Minecraft.) Suddenly, my genius spouse came up with an idea.
He popped open the back of our Forrester and told them to throw in whatever toys/sports equipment they wanted and he would drive it two blocks to the schoolyard and field. The boys all hopped on their bikes and I walked over with them.
For almost three hours the play was nonstop. They played soccer, hockey, and baseball. I hit tennis balls with each of them in turn and they individually hit off the school wall. They organized a Nerf gun fight using the two sets of climbing equipment as bases, and ET finally learned to ride his bike without training wheels.
Here are some of the rave reviews:
“Epic!… It’s like a party!… Can we do this every weekend?… I lost a ball on the roof!”
The outing meant that The Husband and I didn’t get those hours to be home puttering around, but we also didn’t have to shell-out any money and the boys burned off a lot of energy. It was uncomplicated and fun.
More simple things that bring my children joy:
Borrowing books from the library.
Diving for things at the bottom of a pool.
Pancakes for dinner.
Digging a deep hole at the beach.
Listening to an audiobook (we can do a three-hour drive without a peep.)
Climbing a tree.
Writing a book about farts.
Which simple activities bring joy to your family?