I've been thinking about how much fun I am having with all of the end-of-the-year activities our kids are involved with. You've heard of most of them here at Mom In Progress, so I won't repeat myself. But the fun factor has been off the charts and it's made me realize that just because the kids enjoy it doesn't mean that I can't enjoy it too. Maybe that just makes me a big kid, but I think I'm okay with that.
It's easy to get wrapped up in the burden that can be our hectic daily schedules. But when we get so wrapped up in the when and where of everything that we miss the fun, we're in a bad mommy place. Kids love to do crazy kids activities like the amusement park (heck, they just love the park down the street!), field trips, the swimming pool, and anything that allows them to run around screaming. But do you know what kids love even more? When mom or dad is doing it with them.
I recently heard a statistic showing that kids who have parents who are involved at their school consistently do better than children with parents who are not involved. Being there matters. But don't just be there. Love it! Do the funky chicken at the school dance. Hand out popsicles at the race. Be the coach that encourages and empowers. Get on the Tea Cups even if you'll think you're going to puke (this one hits close to home!).
Being a mom is a gift. Live in the present.