In this series we are exploring simple ways to de-stress from being in one of the most stressful positions on the planet: the parent of a food allergic individual. It’s time for Tip #3!

Get goofy and play!

This looks different to different people, so I’ll explain what this looks like at our house. Keep in mind my kids are six, five and three years old.

I like to crank up some music and dance all over the house with the kids! I have no skills whatsoever but it’s still a blast. Sometimes I start it, sometimes the kids start it, but either way, we’re all dancing soon. We wave our arms, shake our hips, jump around, and bust crazy moves that leave us all laughing. It’s even more fun when we listen to goofy music. We do this frequently and usually end up in a breathless heap when it’s all said and done 🙂

I LOVE Pandora* for this sort of thing. I have all sorts of stations set up for our different moods. (Pandora is a free internet radio that lets you create and customize radio stations of music that you like) I listen to Pandora all of the time. If we aren’t schooling there is usually music going on in the background.

My kids know that when mommy or daddy gets down on the floor they have us all to themselves. We will most certainly be almost instantly covered in giggling kiddos. They like to fly airplane, and balloomp on my legs. (I bounce my legs as I sing a tune, the kids call it balloomping) Daddy lifts them into the air and makes them giggle any way he can.

They like galloping piggy back rides and high speed chases that end in tickle fests. They love hide and seek in the back yard and games of Uno and Go-Fish.

When I take the time to just get goofy with my kids and play, I find that I’m not thinking about food or allergies or the next meal. I can be in the moment, absorbed in simply enjoying my amazing gifts.

So take the time to get silly with your kids today! Let down your hair and don’t be afraid to look like a goof-ball. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel about life in general when you can get out of your own head for a bit 🙂

You might like to check out tips #1 and #2 as well!

*Pandora has no idea who I am, I just wanted to share them with you 🙂

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!