As parents we are often so preoccupied with parenting that we forget to just let go and be kids sometimes. Allowing ourselves the luxury of being child-like is not only beneficial to our emotional wellbeing, but it can be a great thing for our physical wellbeing as well. What do we do when we go to the beach with the kids? Well…we let the kids go off and play and then we “guard all the stuff”. Mom busies herself with the stress of everyone’s sunscreen needs. Dad rushes off for a quick swim, hoping that no one notices him so that he can have a bit of peace for two minutes before he gets asked seven times by three different kids for ice cream money. *yawn* And where are the kids otherwise? They’re off on their own, spending all their energy.
You know what we should be doing? Forget about the stuff. Leave your cellphones and valuables at home so they don’t need guarding. All you need is a waterproof casing for your car keys that you can attach to your board shorts. Asks the guys at any surf shop to help you with that. And then? Then try and see if you can actually keep up with the kids instead of leaving them all to their own devices. Run up and down the beach with them if that’s what they’re doing. Or go and help them dig the biggest hole EVER. Help them jump over the waves. Play catch with them. Or baseball or cricket or frisbee. Build a sandcastle. If you want to use muscles that you didn’t even know you had, let your kids show you how. You will get the added bonus of getting to know your kids even better too!
And when you’re done? I have no doubt you will fall into an exquisite and blissful sleep.