Have you ever had the experience of your child jumping with joy when they are super excited about something? They want to tell you all about it, while they are jumping just because it is so exciting!
Now, how many times have you held their hand and jumped along with them, sharing their excitement?
Can you imagine the look of surprise on their faces if you do that?
Have you ever jumped on the bed or the sofa with them?
Have you done 'silly things' with them like eating the cream off the biscuits and leaving the rest (for your spouse maybe :)), or make spit bubbles, danced like crazy with your child or played hide and seek - not as a parent, but as a friend? Have you done join the dots with them or color forms in their coloring book?
If you have, you will remember the joy it brought - both to you as well as to your child.
Yes, the child needs a parent, but sometimes, if the child can see a friend in their parent, then its a pleasant surprise, and we all love pleasant surprises don't we?
What is it that stops most parents from acting child like in front of their children?
There is a difference between being child-like and childish.
Parents being childish can be disturbing, but parents being child-like can be great fun for both the child and parent.
So why not take parenting as an opportunity to relive your own childhood, with the maturity of an adult?
Go ahead and smell the flowers, pick up those leaves and twigs for no reason, dance for no reason and without music, jump around, lick the cream off biscuits, count the stars, follow butterflies, burst balloons, throw stones in a pond to see how many times it bounces, swing away on the garden swing or slide down the slide.
Bring back the inquisitiveness, and pure unadulterated joy in your lives. Let your children guide you to be Happy Adults. After all, who can be better teachers of living joyfully than our own happy go lucky children?