Moms are so busy. I feel like I start every day with an enormous to-do list, with the weight of everything I need to accomplish hanging over my head. More and more I find myself missing out on being playful. On having FUN with my kids and enjoying them.
The Abundant Mama Project is starting up again and I’m really excited. It is designed for busy, active parents who are ready to discover the good in days typically filled with crying children, sleepless nights and mounds upon mounds of to-do lists.
To get started today, I wanted to share a few ways you can be a more playful mama right now. I hope to see you over at the Abundant Mama Project next month!
5 Ways To Be A Playful Mama
Find something you both think is fun. For us, board games fit this perfectly. There are a ridiculous amount of board games and card games for families and every single group. Some are really silly, too, like Pie Face and Gooey Louie.
Pretend you are a kid. If you’re at the park, go down the slide with them, swing alongside them, play tag – act like a kid! If you can’t remember how, you’ve got a great example right in front of you – do what they do! Make yourself be silly! Put on that Hulk mask, wear a cape, be a goofball. It’s not just good for them, it’s good for you, too.
Play some music. There isn’t much more fun than loud music and goofy dancing. If you want to have some good quality play time, turn on the KidzBop station of Pandora and get moving. You’ll have a blast, I promise.
Carve out specific play time. If getting on the floor and playing with the kids doesn’t seem to come natural to you or you feel like you are missing it, make time for it. Tell yourself that every night after dinner you will put everything aside and focus on play.
Put your phone away. If you find yourself distracted by your cell phone (we all are) put it away. Not just down, I mean away. When I feel myself getting sucked into the pull of my phone to check on work or social media stuff, I walk it into another room and leave it there. Get rid of it. If you’re worried about missing an important call just turn the volume up and only go check in if it rings.
The Abundant Mama Project will give you those gentle nudges you need to open your eyes, pay attention to the little details of your life and focus on what matters so you can be a peaceful, playful and present mama.
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Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.