With a task list a mile long, and a lot of deadlines piling up, I recently walked away from my piles and took an afternoon to hang out on a blanket at the park. The kids played, and ran around, and laughed. I didn’t do much of anything. I watched them. I listened to their laughter. I glanced at the day’s paper.
Mostly, I surrendered to their joy, and their play, and my body’s need for rest.
Every once in a while, you have to remember to give yourself one of the great gifts of parenting: the time and space to relax and enjoy, to listen and laugh, to operate without a plan. Try it this summer – whether it be at the park or the pool – and notice how great it feels to choose to be hanging out with the kids, rather than wishing you could be doing something else!