Do you think you’re a fun parent? Do you hate the idea of playing with your kids when you’re too busy? Are you looking for tips on how to be a fun mom? Well mama! I am here to tell you that even though you are busy or tired, you can totally rock at being a fun mom. I’m going to share with you my 20 easy ways on how to be a fun mom so you can learn how to play with your kids more often.
I know I know, there are so many things that you rather be doing or have to do instead of playing with your kids. For example, that laundry pile sitting on your bedroom floor that are not going to fold themselves. Dinner is not going to cook by itself and homework time is not going to disappear. Even though we may have a lot on our plates, there is always time to dedicate to your children.
It honestly only takes a few minutes and sometimes it’s all we need to turn a hectic day into a fun one. Playing with your kids can also make you a happy mom. You can totally let loose, be yourself and be a happy parent.
I’m sharing with you these playful parenting ideas so you can be a fun mom to your kids. Yes, you have rules, yes you can be strict and give your children limitations. But, sometimes having a guide on different fun ideas to do with your family, can help you bond with your kids and also help you have a good time.
Why it’s important to play with your kids?
There is something that you should know and that is that playing with your kids is super important. If you want to be a fun mom, you need to interact with your kids and be silly at times. Playing with your children helps their physical, mental and social development.(source)
What if I don’t like playing with my kids?
Not everyone likes to play with their children or have the time to do so. Let’s be honest! But, you know what mama? It’s okay! I am going to show you how you can start loving this idea and how you can easily implement it into your busy life.
Just start by doing easy and not so time consuming activities. For example, read your child a bedtime story. You can even ask them about their day. Start small and then go big!
How do I find time to play with my kids and be a fun mom?
Being a fun mom does not have to be difficult. The good news is that you can make time for it. Try giving yourself 5 to 10 minutes of fun time with your kids. Sing a song to them, make silly faces or talk about a fun thing that happened today either at work or at home. Remember, your kids want you to be present, show them that you are!
20 easy ways to be a fun mom even when you’re too tired
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An easy way you can be a fun mom is to sing to your kids or let them sing to you. I sometimes make up a silly song before my kids go to bed and I sing it to them. They honestly cannot stop laughing and they ask me to sing it again 100 times! Try it!
You should definitely have a family karaoke night, how much fun can that be!? Here’s a karaoke machine for kids and adults you can buy ( it has great reviews!) If you want something smaller and more affordable, here’s a wireless karaoke microphone!
2. Have a dance party
Put on that music and dance! What better way to get a workout in and have fun with your kids than dancing? Move around and just have fun!
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3. Have a movie day
Have a movie day with your family on a rainy or cold day. Grab a super soft and comfortable blanket, make popcorn and have a splendid time. I honestly love movie days, specially on Fridays!
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4. Tell jokes
Do you know any knock knock jokes? Me either! haha! But my kids sure do and they love sharing them with my hubby and I. It’s so much fun hearing the jokes and watching my kids laugh out loud. If you’re a good joke teller, tell your kids a few jokes. It’s fun and it’s also a stress reliever.
If you’re running out of knock knock jokes, here’s a fun book of laugh out loud knock knock jokes for kids! (it has almost 5 review stars!!)
5. Get on the floor
Throw yourself on the floor with your kids and have some fun. Play around and release the inner kid that you have inside! Sometimes being uptight does not let your kids see how fun you can be. So try this idea today and see how awesome it is.
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6. Imitate your kids
You probably haven’t heard of this one before but I love imitating my children. Surprisingly enough, my kids love it too! You can imitate your kids in a funny way, show them how they act when they wake up in the morning or what silly things they say during dinner time.
7. Cook together
I love cooking and I specially love cooking by myself, let’s be real here. But, sometimes I do welcome my kids in the kitchen to help me out. They love it! So next time you are cooking something, invite your children to help. Provide them with instructions and have fun!
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8. Play in the park
The next time you take your kids to the park, try playing with them. Go down the slide, get on the swing, run, play and be a kid again! Just because you take them to the park, does not mean you only have to sit there and watch them play. You can totally join in on the fun because you’ll be surprise of how great it can actually be! You are a fun mom already 🙂
9. Color or paint together
My kids love coloring and painting, I’m sure your kids do too! So next time they are coloring on their favorite coloring book, join them! Color with them , have conversations about it. I’m sure they are going to love it!
These are all fun coloring activity books:
10. Tickle your kids
Let’s have a tickle war! Tickle your kids and let them tickle you too! So you can all bond with a good laugh, because who doesn’t love laughing and having a good time?
11. Have a silly face contest
My kids are always showing me their silly faces and they also want me to show them the silly faces that I come up with. So, I do! It’s a great way to make them laugh and show them that mama knows how to have fun too. Get out of your comfort zone and make silly faces.
12. Read a story together
Reading is always fun. So read to your kids their favorite book story! You can read to them during bedtime or during the day. It only takes 5 to 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to show your kids that you are present.
Here is a selection of books about family to add to your family library:
13. Reflect on the day
At the end of the day, you and your kids can reflect and talk about your favorite part of the day. For example, ask them what was their favorite part of the day. This is going to encourage your children to communicate and express themselves more!
14. Go to a bookstore
Do you want to know how to be a fun mom? Well, do things that your kids love to do. My kids love to read books and so I take them to Barnes and Nobles from time to time. You can take your kids to your local library or to any book store and spend hours there. Let them pick out a favorite book and read it at home!
15. Go on a mini trip
How about taking a spontaneous family mini trip during the weekend? how much fun can that be? Plan it and make it happen 🙂
16. Make slime
I’ll be honest, making slime is not my favorite thing to clean up or have my kids do. But, they love it and so sometimes I do let them make it. They can play with it for hours and you know what? You can also have fun. Next time, join in on the fun and have your kids teach you how to make slime.
Here is everything you need to make slime:
17. Watch their favorite shows
Sit next to your kids when they are watching their favorite show. You can ask them questions about it and show them that you are also interested in the things that they like to watch.
18. Workout together
Yes to working out and even more better working out with your kids. Teach your kids the importance of having good health, eating a well balanced meal and exercising.
19. Have a water balloon fight
The summer days are for families to relax and have an enjoyable time! Fill in those water balloons and have a water balloon fight with your children. This is the ultimate way to show your kids that you can be a fun parent! Yes to that! Because you deserve to also have fun during summer break and let your guards down.
Grab a pack of these water balloons and don’t miss out on the fun:
20. Enjoy them and love them
How to be a fun mom even when you’re too tired? Enjoy your children and love them. It’s that easy mama! For example, listening to their stories, asking them questions, being silly with them are all examples of showing your kids that you love them.
Yes, you may be busy or tired but you will never get tired of loving and enjoying your children. That for me it’s priceless and it’s also a way to show your kids that you are also a fun loving mom.
Did you like these 20 ideas on how to be a fun mom? It is very easy to implement these fun mom ideas one way or another during your day. The key is to find time for it. Also, if you see an opportunity where you can be silly with your kids, go for it!
Being a happy mom is also being able to let loose and not stress over the small things. Letting your kids be kids and also letting yourself have some fun is not always a bad idea. Yes you are the parent, you set the rules and expectations but you can also show your kids that you can also have fun!
I really hope you can try out these ideas on how to play with your kids. You and your kids are not going to regret it. At the end of the day, it’s all about creating fun memories with your family 🙂