By Tequila Cheatham
I always say: My son is the bestfriend to the little girl that lives in me. I can be a goofy person sometimes but, to him, I’m a comedian. While in the womb, I found different ways for us to connect. I would listen to relaxing music such as jazz or Chinese instrumentals, and could feel him gracefully swimming in my belly. I would have conversations with him as if he was in my arms. My son and I have done many fun things together which made our bond even stronger. We’ve done activities such as:
- Sing and Dance (our favorite)
- Play with toys
- Card Games
- Board Games
- Taking walks
- The Park
- Outdoor/indoor movie night
- Food/ice cream Dates
- Sports of all types
- Read books
- Research questions about their animals
- Building a forte from sofa pillows
- Attend a local fair
- Chase squirrels and birds
- Color/painting in coloring books
- Visit an aquarium
- Kite flying
- science experiments
- feed the birds outside
- Take a road trip to the next state!
This is more of a general list of things to do with your kid, and they are also things you can do with your mate! There is only a slight difference between hanging out with your mate versus your kid(s). Your child may not be willing to walk around the neighborhood in the hot sun, but there is always something fun to do. All of these can be exciting for you and your child as long as it is not looked upon as an extra chore. We all require time to connect and strengthen our bonds no matter the age or gender. Recreation builds imagination and releases stress that is built up on a daily basis at home, work, and school. No matter how busy our lives may be, we have to remember to be a kid with our kids sometimes. When they become adults, they will look back on the quality time spent together and will want to continue on with that friendship and connection. What better way to experience life and adventure other than with the people they love. Eventually, they will pass down their adventurous nature to their own children someday which will, ultimately, create a chain reaction of free spirited human beings.
What are some things you enjoy doing with your child?