We’ve never been very good at playing with our kids. Matt and I are both pretty task-oriented and both always manage to have quite a bit going on. We love our kids and enjoy being around them, especially as they have gotten older and we can have actual conversations with them. But to sit down and play games or with toys….not so much.
We have discussed this shortcoming of ours many times over the years. We have gone in spurts of doing well. But our default is to retire to the computer…or the smart phone….or the television….or a book…and live parallel lives rather than integrated lives.
So this weekend, after another discussion of this nature, I was praying about this and felt like the Lord gave me an idea: Thirty For 30 – thirty minutes of interactive, fun play a day for 30 days…to see what it does to our relationships, our hearts, our home.
It’s a simple plan but a huge one. We started last night with a trip to the park where Matt played tag with the big girls and I pushed small chicks on swings. Tonight it was a tearful game of Skip Bo (who knew that was possible?!). I look forward to what the Lord will do in the next thirty days. I’m praying it will be something great for our family.
What about you? What do you do to make family fun a priority in this crazy world of raising kids?