I recently got an email from a friend who declared that she is not a fun mom and requested some ideas. Her children are about three and one. It brought me back a few years to when I had that same little family.
Just after our second baby was born, I remember watching my two year old son playing alone in the backyard. He didn't know any differently, but he looked lonely to me.
"Hurry up and grow," I told my new baby. "Your brother needs a playmate!"
Even though I did play with him often, no mother can play as much as a two year old would want her to!
My children often say that if their dad stayed home instead of me, the school work would be done promptly and correctly and the house would be perfectly clean . . . but no one would have any fun. (Not that I can't be clean and Justin can't be fun, but we excel in different areas.)
It is harder to play when only one child is really old enough to actually play. When the boy was young, I got him toys with which I would want to play. Some toys included blocks, play-doh, light sabers (his favorite toy for about seven years), crayons, a swing set and cars--mostly for use with the blocks. I tried to actively play with him every day, and by actively, I mean me getting up and running around. We built forts, had picnics (even if they were in the living room or our own backyard), and had races (run backwards, crawl, hop on one foot, etc.). When you go to the park, do not just sit and watch from the bench, climb and chase and go down the slides with them. Go to a natural area and have "adventures" in the rocks. Pretend you are orphans or pioneers or stranded sailors. I think the key is to do whatever they are doing, not just watch to make sure
they are safe.
The baby always loved doing whatever she could with us, my son and I were playing together and it helped keep me fit. As the children have multiplied and aged, they do not need me to play with them as much. Sometimes I forget to get down in the sand with them, but we all have more fun when I do.
What fun things do you do with your children?