The Value of Fun | Part 5

The Value of Fun | Part 5

May 27

Fun Can Be Physical

In our house growing up we tended to take game night to extremes.  It was usually because dad would make things ridiculous to keep us laughing. Some how one night a game of spoons, which is a relatively quiet and calm game, became a game we from then on dubbed “body spoons.” So instead of the spoons being in the middle of the table and each person quietly and secretly taking one when they had gotten the allotted number of cards; the cards were placed across the room.  It ended up being “dog pile the first person to the spoons”.  We would all end up strewn across the floor dying laughing, as dad could be found lying face down faking the need for resuscitation.

The point of this ridiculousness is that children need a physical outlet for family fun.  It doesn’t have to be as extreme as our spoons game.  Maybe it is something as simple as bike rides, walking to a picnic, or throwing a ball together.  Positive physical fun makes for great memories as well as bonding times.  Take the time to plan in a physical outlet for fun into family time!

 

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The Value of Fun | Part 4

The Value of Fun | Part 4

May 26

Fun Doesn’t Need to Cost Money,But It Does Cost Time

 

Today’s society has such a warped view of what fun is.  For many of us fun is wrapped around getting something new or paying someone/something to entertain us.  Many of us pay to take our children places for them to be entertained.  We need to teach our children what it means to have fun with out spending.  This doesn’t mean sitting your children down and lecturing them how when you were a child you could spend the day entertaining yourself out side with only a stick or a rock.  This means setting the example.  Play with your children, don’t just set them in front of the TV or videogame as a babysitter.

Another thing that we can do is encourage our children to develop their imagination.  Spend time reading to your children or making time for them to read.  Loose your inhibitions and spend time in the back yard pretending to fight the dragon or sailing across the ocean with your young children.  Take the time to kick/throw/ hit a ball with your older children.  Show them that fun doesn’t have to cost anything. There is also something to be said for the value of knowing how to entertain yourself and not have to be entertained.

 

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The Value of Fun | Part 3

The Value of Fun | Part 3

May 25

Family Fun Night

With the explosion of social media there is an overwhelming amount of information on how to have fun and create fun family memories. From blogs, like this one, to pinterest we have no excuse to not have creative family time.  We just have to make the time.

There are two types of fun that need to take place because they serve two different purposes.  The first is spontaneous fun, this is the type of fun that breaks routine.  It can be something like having a themed dinner, picnic on the floor, dinner at the beach or the park on a weeknight, or even as simple as stopping for an ice-cream off the dollar menu to celebrate a Tuesday.

The other type of fun is scheduled fun.  This is setting aside time to have fun together as a family.  A great example of this is a family game night.  Family game night can do a lot more then just fun. It can help to teach a child how to have fun with competition and how to win/loose appropriately.

Make it a habit to have moments of spontaneous and scheduled fun at least once a week.

 

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The Value of Fun | Part 2

The Value of Fun | Part 2

May 24

Laughter is Therapeutic

 

Laughter for all ages is therapeutic.  You can even feel it physically after you have laughed really hard.  Psychology Today cites that the average four year old laughs 300 times a day and the average 40 year old only 4! What a difference!  According to the same article, “research shows that laughter reduces stress hormone levels, increases endorphins, neurotransmitters and infections-fighting antibodies; and improves blood flow to the heart- which results in greater relaxation and resistance to disease, as well as improved mood and positive outlook. “

If you have noticed laughter is “catching”.  Sometimes all it takes is simply watching others laugh.  There was a commercial out recently which followed people of all ages laughing, so apparently, laughter is even powerful enough to sell products.

Laughter somehow binds us together.  When you share an experience of deep laughter with someone it seems to break down walls and almost makes you feel closer to that person.  If this is the case what can it do for a family?  Take the time to be silly and laugh with your family, even if it is at your own expense. Truly enjoy each other!

 

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The Value of Fun | Part 1

The Value of Fun | Part 1

May 23

The Purpose of Fun

It seems as though some of our culture may have lost sight of the value of family fun.  There may be many reasons why this is the case.   We are as a whole too busy, our schedules are over packed, and we are too stressed.  The entry of electronics into our lives may have caused fun to become an individualized activity.  This is especially true for today’s kids.  With social media and gaming it is easy for our children to walk in the door and shut themselves off for relaxation.

There are many reasons why having fun together as a family is very important.  It draws the family together.  It pushes the days’ stress or pain out of the forefront of the mind.  It opens the door for discussions and creates a safe environment for those discussions.  Makes a child feel like they belong and helps them feel loved.  It also creates an atmosphere where a child doesn’t feel the pressure to perform.

Creating fun just takes intentionality. It can be spontaneous or planned.  Thankfully with different blogs and websites out there, there are numerous resources for ideas.

 

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