Motherhood is so exhausting and it can be hard to let go and enjoy our lives alongside our kids! But becoming a fun mom is something every mama can do! Here are six ideas you can implement to help you relax and become a fun mom!
Being a fun mom is not something that comes naturally to me.
I’m good at managing my kids’ schedules, making sure they’re well-fed, clean, and kind to others, and helping them feel loved and cared for.
But fun? That one takes some effort.
Motherhood is so exhausting and it’s easy for us to get bogged down by all of our responsibilities. Motherhood can feel very routine, and sometimes it’s hard to relax and just enjoy our lives alongside our kids. It’s hard to let go of the structure and rules and be a fun mom.
I understand that being a fun mom might come naturally to some, and that’s fantastic. Way to go, you’re amazing, Mama! Please send me all your tips.
But if you’re like me and need some help becoming a fun mom, that’s okay, too! We’re all at different stages and have different personalities, and life would be boring if we were all the same.
Luckily, becoming a fun mom doesn’t have to take a ton of effort or a lot of planning, and it certainly doesn’t require spending a lot of money. You can be a fun mom overnight by implementing these few simple strategies.
Here are six tips to help you be a fun mom:
1. Do one simple, purposeful, meaningful thing a day. It doesn’t have to be big, just something you can do alongside your kid that will brighten their day. It might be reading an extra book before bed, telling them a funny story from when you were a kid, having a tickle fight, or even letting them pick out your outfit. Little things like this really add up, and even if your child doesn’t realize you’re doing all these fun things, you’ll be creating little moments every day that are fun and make both of you feel special.
2. Put your child to bed in a good mood. I know this one can be hard (we’ve had our fair share of fights about bedtime), but when your kid goes to bed in a good mood and ends the day feeling happy, they’ll feel more loved and you’ll feel more successful and like you’re doing a good job.
3. Be spontaneous. This can mean different things to different people, but doing things for your kids that are unexpected (like showing up at their school for lunch, making a blanket fort, or eating dinner on a blanket while watching a movie) can mean a lot to a kid. Kids don’t forget things easily, and they’ll appreciate the little things you do (even if they don’t seem like they do!).
4. Play with your kids. Mamas, this one is hard for me. I don’t like getting on the floor and playing stuffed animals or acting out Jurassic World. But when I do, oh man, it brings the biggest smiles to my kids’ faces. Even my toddler has more fun when I’m on the floor playing with him!
5. Get in the picture. AKA stop taking pictures and go experience things with your kids! Have you ever gotten home from somewhere and realized that all you did was take pictures of your kids doing things and didn’t try any of those things yourself? If you go to a waterpark, go down the slides with your kids. If you go to the park, get up and push your child on the swing instead of sitting on a bench scrolling through social media. Live in the moment and go have fun with your kids. They’ll love having you be a part of their fun!
6. Have a “yes day.” I plan on writing a post about this eventually, but one of my friends shared this idea about how every once in a while she has a “yes day” with her kids where she tries to say yes to as many things as she can. Yes to outings of their choosing, yes to letting them pick what they want at mealtimes, yes to playing horsey, yes to extra snuggles before bed or staying up a few minutes. It’s such a special way to treat your kids, and they’ll look forward to these fun days!
Becoming a fun mom isn’t as hard as you might think. If it doesn’t come naturally to you, you might have to be a little more intentional about it, but that’s fine! You’re in good company! Take it one day at a time, with one small thing at a time, and your kids will be calling you fun in no time! You’ve got this, Mama!
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I always think you seem like you are a fun mom! I love all these suggestions. I’ve been trying to implement #1 lately especially.
Chelsea Johnson says
It’s the little things that can make the biggest difference! Thanks, Katie! I think you are, too!