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Spaghetti Tacos and 20 Ideas for a Carefree Childhood

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

  1. Spaghetti Tacos. Yes!
  2. Jump in puddles on a rainy day.
  3. Skip through a fresh pile of leaves in the fall even if it means you must rerake.
  4. 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.
  5. Ice-cream for dinner? Yes! Obviously not every day. But perhaps just for fun on a Friday.
  6. Finger paint! Yes, there will be a mess. However, the creativity that ensues is priceless.
  7. Say yes to mud pies and playing in the dirt. Let their imaginations run free outside.
  8. Let the kids be in charge of dinner and help prepare just one night per week.
  9. Play music your kids love and dance together in the kitchen or living room. Don’t forget the hairbrush microphone.
  10. Play lots of games together.
  11. Laugh at their silly stories and share silly stories of your own.
  12. Find a space to twirl in circles until you drop down laughing.
  13. Build something together. Construct a car, boat, create art, or a refrigerator box fort.
  14. Forts! Always be prepared to construct a blanket fort and climb inside with the kids. Don’t forget the flashlight for finger shadows!
  15. Find a giant grass hill to roll down!
  16. Eat dinner together and let the children ask questions.
  17. Fly a kite at the beach or a park.
  18. Go on walks and hikes that allow you to explore new areas together.
  19. Grow something. Flowers. Plants. Trees. Vegetables. Butterflies!
  20. If you can’t purchase the puppy that your child is begging for, find a pet store that allows you to walk their dogs.
  21. 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!

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9 Responses to Spaghetti Tacos and 20 Ideas for a Carefree Childhood

  1. Mary September 22, 2016 at 6:15 am #

    This is a great list! I think I did all of these (but the spaghetti tacos) as a kid. We did have spaghetti pie though. That was delicious!

    • Christelle September 22, 2016 at 10:04 am #

      That’s awesome Mary! Sometimes I need to remind myself to just let the kids be silly and play. So much childhood joy this way

  2. Brittany
    Brittany September 23, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    Love this!!! Thanks for the great ideas 🙂

  3. Collin Travasos September 23, 2016 at 9:19 am #

    What a great idea. I can’t believe I never thought about this. I’m pretty sure that they were invented in the classical era probably by the mongaols. Because they were the exception.

  4. Taylor fine September 23, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    Wow what a good idea!

  5. Annabelle Walsh September 23, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    Spaghetti tacos sound awesome!

  6. Jack miles September 23, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    Nice idea 🙂

  7. Kristen September 27, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    When I was a kid every December we would go out and look at Christmas lights and have ice cream sundaes for dinner. I still do this as an adult and am looking forward to doing it with my son.

    • Christelle
      Christelle September 27, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

      Love this idea! I might have to do it this year with my boys!

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