Last night, my 10 year old ran into my bedroom to share an exciting idea.
“Mom”, he began with anticipation, “I really want spaghetti tacos for dinner this week!”
My initial thought was: Absolutely NOT!
My second thought was: Where in the world did you get such an unhealthy idea?!
Then, I remembered the awesome (crazy!) ideas I’ve had throughout my lifetime and the numerous reactions I’ve received.
So why not have spaghetti tacos for dinner one time this week? Not only will it encourage creative thinking, but it will also be good for my son’s self esteem.
But why stop at spaghetti tacos?
20 Ideas for a Carefree Childhood
- Spaghetti Tacos. Yes!
- Jump in puddles on a rainy day.
- Skip through a fresh pile of leaves in the fall even if it means you must rerake.
- Let them make snow angels and have a giant snowball fight (Try Julian or Big Bear during the Winter). End the day with hot cocoa and lots of marshmallows.
- Ice-cream for dinner? Yes! Obviously not every day. But perhaps just for fun on a Friday.
- Finger paint! Yes, there will be a mess. However, the creativity that ensues is priceless.
- Say yes to mud pies and playing in the dirt. Let their imaginations run free outside.
- Let the kids be in charge of dinner and help prepare just one night per week.
- Play music your kids love and dance together in the kitchen or living room. Don’t forget the hairbrush microphone.
- Play lots of games together.
- Laugh at their silly stories and share silly stories of your own.
- Find a space to twirl in circles until you drop down laughing.
- Build something together. Construct a car, boat, create art, or a refrigerator box fort.
- Forts! Always be prepared to construct a blanket fort and climb inside with the kids. Don’t forget the flashlight for finger shadows!
- Find a giant grass hill to roll down!
- Eat dinner together and let the children ask questions.
- Fly a kite at the beach or a park.
- Go on walks and hikes that allow you to explore new areas together.
- Grow something. Flowers. Plants. Trees. Vegetables. Butterflies!
- If you can’t purchase the puppy that your child is begging for, find a pet store that allows you to walk their dogs.
- Bonus: Color together often. Color outside the lines! Use lots of colors. And if glitter is a possibility: Always say yes to glitter.
Let’s have fun as we celebrate creativity with our children!
What are some ideas you have said yes to in recent days? What are some ideas your children have that you initially said no to? We love new ideas that inspire creativity and a carefree childhood. Share your ideas with us in the comments below!