One of the best things about having kids is that you get the chance to act like one again. You can get that toy you always wanted or go on that Disney Land trip that you’ve been dreaming of since before you were in grade school. I recall a boss from one of my college jobs telling me that he was excited about having a son, because he had someone to NERF battle with regularly.
No matter how old we get, we’re never too old to have fun. Having children just gives you the green light to play tag on the playground, bust your butt at the trampoline park and construct the most ultimate sheet fortress in the living room.
While having young children is undeniably exhausting, you hold the power to make it something wonderful. Take the time to enjoy it. Really, thoroughly, wholeheartedly make the most of your time together. Soon they’ll be teenagers and you’ll wish that they’d want to hang out with you.
To put this into action, I recommend writing a bucket list. But here’s the kicker – write it the way you would’ve written it 20 years ago. What do you wish you’d gotten to do in your childhood?
To get you started, I’ll share a few items that are on my list.
- Visit Disney World
- Build a K’NEX roller coaster
- Go sledding
- Visit an apple orchard or pumpkin patch
- Draw a map and have a treasure hunt
- Have a camp out in the backyard (complete with s’mores and a fire)
- Learn to play piano
- Join a dance studio and get really good at several variations
Spend this time building a solid relationship with your kiddos. Want to be the coolest parent on the block? Embrace a childlike fascination with the world and find something to be excited about every day. Inspire your children to love their lives, and they’ll thank you later.
Remember that right now you’re their hero, and for all they know, you’ve got super powers. This is the best time to instill awesomeness into your offspring, and further the gene-pool of cool kids.
What would be on your bucket list?