Life is serious. There are bills to pay, jobs that need to be done, illness, redundancy… The list goes on.
But we also need laughter in our lives.
Laughter enables the release of endorphins, which make us more likely to bond with other people. It helps us cope with life.
When my children are older I want them to remember me as someone who was fun to be with. I want them to be able to cope with the serious issues in life, yet to remember the years of laughter and happiness.
Having fun doesn’t have to cost money. For us, fun is having a tent and sleeping in the garden; setting out for a day out together without a clue where we are going; finding a fallen down tree to climb; or setting the table with party food and drinks, then curling up under a blanket to watch a DVD together. I try to be spontaneous and listen to what they want to do, and I have fun too.
There will always be someone around to act as a kill-joy, quick to point out the negatives. They smell a little fun and swoop. “It’s too cold; they’ll catch pneumonia in the garden!” or “You shouldn’t let her climb that tree – she might fall and break her arm!”
But children love those who have the time not only to teach them, but to have fun with them.