Creating space to play and be together with your Katy family
I got a phone call from a friend of mine the other day.Â â€œAngela!Â You will never believe how much fun we just had!â€Â She and her 4 year old son were running an errand at Katy Mills Mall when they discovered a sidewalk full of caterpillars.Â She happened to have a container in the car, so the two of them spent the next 30 minutes collecting caterpillars to take home and nurture together.Â It was a moment of unplanned fun, and it reminded both my friend and I that so much of our time has become scheduled.
I stay home with my two girls, but we have activities planned most days.Â With pre-school, The Little Gym, ballet and playgroup, we are very rarely home and almost always have a schedule and a plan wherever we go.
My girlfriendâ€™s caterpillar experience was a good reminder that some of our best moments come in the unplanned space between activities.Â
If I am honest, Iâ€™ll admit my girls are probably tired from all of our activities.Â Sure, I want them to be enriched.Â And yes, if we stay home for too long without a plan, we all start to go crazy.Â But I also think we can find a better balance than we have now.
For the next several weeks, my plan is to carve out one day a week that is just for us to be together.Â No agenda, no schedule.Â (And no housework for Mommy.Â I plan to treat it like I would a playdate or other activity in that I donâ€™t expect to accomplish anything around the house for that amount of time.)
I am excited to see how this goes.Â If it isnâ€™t raining, I may take the girls to a park or for a nature walk.Â If it is raining, maybe weâ€™ll go waste some time and coins at Katy Mills Mall.Â Or maybe weâ€™ll stay home and bake or have a tea party.
What about you?Â Do you care to join me on this little experimental â€˜day of restâ€™?Â Post a comment below!