Thank goodness it is Friday!
I just texted my kids the traditional TGIF! It is “Fun Friday” at the Love house. Since the kids were young, we have celebrated Friday. When I say celebrate, I mean that we hooped and hollered, had snacks, ate pizza, maybe even by candlelight, and I had a glass of wine. I am not sure how the celebration started, but I do know it has become a tradition. There is something about Friday that is fun! When the kids were very young, it was the expectation that the routine may change a bit on the weekend. Brad would be home, and there was more family time. As the kids got older, the anticipation of a couple of days without school and the school routine was exciting for all.
Soon “Over the Hump Wednesday” began. Many times that was our night to grab a fast meal out, or I just reminded the kids with a note in their lunches that today was 1/2 way through the week to “Fun Friday”. There were weeks that we had Marvelous Monday, Terrific Tuesday, and Thrilling Thursday. I guess there were weeks we celebrated just because….
I think as parents you do have to celebrate “just because”. As you are raising a family, sometimes life can seem like every day is the same. As a Mommy and a Daddy, your life often is focused on the next diaper change, homework assignment, soccer practice, or music lesson. None of these activities are bad, but sometimes life becomes a whirlwind of activity with little time for enjoying the moment. Kids need to learn how to celebrate life and parents need the celebrations.
To this day, there is pizza at the Love house on Fridays and I wake up on Friday mornings with a little anticipation of a day that celebrates the start of the weekend. The kids do too…and I just bet when they are raising families of their own that they will celebrate “Fun Friday” in their homes too.
Break out the frozen pizza, maybe even pour yourself a glass of wine, light a candle…..it is “Fun Friday”.
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.