If I had a New Year’s Resolution, it might be to be more interested in what my kids are doing. And to not be above joining in. Fun as it is to be the cop all the time and tell them they can’t do things or that they’re being silly or that they’re wasting time . . . oh, wait. It isn’t fun at all. So I’m done with that. I’m going to be a joiner.
Last Friday that meant that I got to help Oliver into 5 pairs of pajamas. He got the idea from Simon, of course, who randomly decided to wear all the pjs in his drawer. At once. So we did it and it was hilarious and fun and a really good time.
This week it’s meant that I get to play games on my phone and feed a small green creature candy. So far I’ve been instrumental in unlocking two boxes full of more opportunities to feed Omnom by cutting ropes and such.
I’m happy to be involved and invested and in on the fun, of course. And it would be worth doing just for that. But I also want to be in the habit of being involved in these little things so that it is natural for me to be a part of whatever else the kids get into as they get older. I think it’s important for me (and Micah) to be in on their music, their games, their interests so that we can guide them and talk about issues that may come up as the listen or play or participate. Maybe that’s a little idealistic, but it’s worth striving for.
So that’s that. And now I’m off to cut the rope and earn some more stars or something.