It Relieves Stress
We touched on the concept of fun as a stress relieve a little bit yesterday. It is amazing that fun can be like a mini vacation from life. It is amazing how just a few brief moments of fun can lighten the load of a stressful situation. It also helps us as parents keep proper perspective on what truly is important.
For example, during a particularly stressful time for the girls in the residential program, meaning they were having a bad week of fighting between each other, the house mom and I decided that we needed to create a “distraction of fun”. When the house pop left in the van to pick up the girls we spent 30 minutes filling water balloons. Now was there other things that we could have, and probably should have, been doing with that time? Yes, but we knew that it would help the girls relationally if we could create a distraction. We were around the corner of the house when the van pulled in and soaked them as they got out. It is amazing what being pelted with water balloons does to build camaraderie in a group. We were able to defuse the tension and relational stress with fun.
Try finding time for some silly fun in your house this week.