I like to think I’m a fun mom. Most days of the week, I’ll take the kids out to do something they enjoy like the park, swimming, library, beach or bookstore. We do lots of other things like Aquarium, playdates, farm, waterslides and scavenger hunts. I feel like it’s important to do that with the kids to keep them engaged, inquisitive and learning. I also want them to have great memories of their childhood and all the fun things we did.
Then the other day my five-year old asks me, “Can’t we just stay at home?”
I was so surprised. Here I am, trying to plan all this fun stuff for them and I’m getting a request to just stay home all day.
So that’s exactly what we did today. We had a slow start this morning and stayed in our pj’s for a while as we read some books in bed.
Then we tackled breakfast. I have to admit, it was really nice not having to rush and worry about getting out of the house in time and making sure I had snacks, water bottles, hats, sunscreen etc.
This is what the rest of our day entailed:
First we made button pins, a fun activity I’d been saving for a rainy day but they kids really wanted to make them! They made four pins each and wore them proudly for the rest of the day.
After that it was some chores, more reading then outside for biking riding, drawing with sidewalk chalk and some fascinating bug watching.
Of course there were meals, snacks, some TV so I could prepare and of course the mandatory board games and Lego.
Staying home for the whole day makes the day seem a whole lot longer! But we all did have a lot of fun. So maybe each week or two I need to make one mandatory stay at home day for the kids. What do you think? How do you usually spend your days with the kids. Do you try and get out everyday or usually stay close to home?