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These girls of mine love to play dress up. They pile on the layers in a crazy fashion and then they put on a show. Last week, they did a magic show and True kept making everyone disappear, well, more like run to the other room and then run back. It’s so silly the things these kids do. I totally remember I used to be so hardcore about playing dress up as a kid and putting on shows, especially the show part. I’m the oldest of 4, so I would plan these elaborately choreographed dances and make my brother and sisters practice and practice. Then, in the front entrance of my parents’ house, we would perform them (that area seemed so big then!). We’ve done everything from Sound of Music to Grease to songs by the Cool Cats (or something like that). I was totally so serious about all of it too. If you saw our home videos, I would have you rolling in laughter. I thought I was such a bomb dancer. I guess I must have totally been the inspiration for baby sister becoming a dancer.
Anyways, seeing these girls of mine do the same thing makes me smile. They haven’t quite gotten to choreographing shows just yet, but I’m sure those days aren’t too far from now. Just watching them be completely silly and lose themselves in their imagination is just fun and amazing. Playing, dancing, and singing with them really brings back that kid in me. They get such a kick when I put on their costumes, especially that pink hair! It’s just a blast to still be able to let loose and be silly. Kids love to see their parents acting goofy! They love seeing their parents act like kids. You can see the joy in their faces when they watch us acting funny and crazy. It’s one of the parenting moments that you just want to freeze.
True’s the ring leader when it comes to the shows and Brave just dances and dances. Dancing is her thing. Soul, sometimes she’s all for it and sometimes she’s a snoot about it. With her, sometimes you never know what you’re going to get. I guess you can say Soul is kind of like a box of chocolates. Glow just follows along. Playing with your kids is so vital. I think it does kids good to see their parents act silly and be funny. It’s important to show them no matter what age we are, we can still have fun and be young at heart.
Yes, we teach our kids a lot everyday, but we also learn a lot from them too, so we need to not be afraid to get plain silly with them. In this time of to-do list and adult responsibilities, playing and enjoying our kids helps keep our lives young and colorful! Don’t you think? I vote for everyone to work on playing with their kids a little bit more today! Let’s show our kids that even though we’re “grown-up”, sometimes we never really grow up and can still be just as silly as them! I think everyone could use a good dose of silly.