Though I cannot remember when and where I was given this piece of advice, I feel strongly to share it with you. Get down on the floor and play with your kids. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? The reason I loved this bit so much was because of the reason it stuck with me. Being a parent is hard. Being a parent to multiple children is hard. Sometimes, we all hate to admit, it can get to us. It can drive us to hiding in closets, locking bathroom doors and consuming insane amounts of chocolate. Then I was given this gem of advice. When you are feeling consumed by the task, get down on the floor and play with your kids. When the strife of parenthood has worn you down to the last few strands of sanity, get down on the floor and play with your kids. When their nautiness and disobedience have you at your wits end, get down on the floor and play with your kids.
By no means am I a perfect parent, nor will I ever claim to be. Since hearing these words, a time or two I have put it to the test. My findings: sanity! Happiness! Elation! The peculiar thing was that it did not just work out in my favor, but for my kids as well. I noticed that instead of arguing, there was more laughter. Instead of whining and complaining, they were content and grateful. Whether you play a game, read a book or just listen to music, I encourage you to get on the floor and play with your kids.