Sometimes I don't enjoy my kids. There, I said it. It's the truth. And I'm sure they don't enjoy me all the time either. In fact, I know they don't... they tell me straight up. So I was thinking about what I do when I'm at the end of my rope to enjoy my kids.
1. Get away from them: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. I have found this to be very true. Time away from each other does all of us a lot of good. Even if it's just for an hour or two. Just a little time to check out and take off my "Mom hat".
2. Go outside: Getting outdoors can make a world of difference. It's easy for me to get uptight when we're cooped up in the house, especially when little people are jumping, squealing, screaming, running, etc... But outside the same things seem to just roll right off my back. The change of scenery, fresh air, and just being out of your usual 4 walls. Go for a walk, lay in the grass, play tag, or just sit.
3. Turn up YOUR favorite music and dance: Big time emphasis on YOUR favorite music. I've listened to my fair share of kiddo music. I love for my kids to hear the music I love. And singing and dancing loosens everyone up.
4. Pillow Fight!: I came up with this one on a particularly frustrating day and was pleasantly surprised by how fun it was. And don't think this is just for older kids. I'm pretty sure my 2 oldest kids were 2 and 4 when this came about. It's just awesome to throw your pillow around at each other and occasionally knock someone over. Pretty soon the stress is gone and everyone is laughing.
5. Audio books: Audio books are the BOMB. Go to the library, pick out your favorite, and pop it in the CD player. Go for a drive and listen to it. It's magical and I find myself listening and enjoying just as much as they are.