I am a good mother. In fact, being a mother is my proudest accomplishment. My children are my world. I can honestly say that there is not another mother in the world who could ever love their children as much as I love mine. Well, except for YOU. Isn’t that how we all, as mothers, feel?
Truth be told, though, I am not the best playmate. I don’t like building things or imaginary play about aliens. And Legos? HELL NO! Have you ever stepped on one of those things without shoes on? They are little evil pieces of plastic.
Regardless, I have always been a good mother; always put my children’s needs before my own. But I know there is more I can do to be a better mother. So where do I start? Maybe take a little more time to listen; a little more time to play. Perhaps take a hooky day off of work and let the kids skip school so we hang out in our pajamas, together.
I went directly to my littlest sources to see what would be their favorite things to do with me. There were no requests for Disney World or even Chucky Cheese. Not for picking out another puppy or go on a search for the world’s biggest lollipop. Nope, their requests were simple, free and pure – and it all revolved around spending time with their mom.
Here is their Top 10 (well, Top Eight, I added two!):
- Draw and color together.
- Have a picnic on the living room floor.
- Build a fort.
- Play hide and seek.
- Have a dance party in our PJs.
- Make a comic book.
- Take turns saying tongue twisters.
- Play in the rain.
- Mom’s pick: Learn about the 50 states of America (this is both for the kids and my benefit…I am ashamed to admit that I cannot name them all).
- Mom’s pick: Start a gratitude journal together – have the kids draw pictures of what they are thankful for.
Seem easy enough, right? Well, I hope so. Starting today, I plan to spend a little less time checking email and playing Candy Crush and a little more time practicing tongue twisters. Game on kids! Sally sells sea shells….