My son would kill me if he knew I put this picture up of him and his daughter, but it's one of my favorite pictures in all the world. I love seeing my granddaughter having fun with her daddy.
There's something about a family laughing and playing together that is very binding. We laughed and played a lot as a family. We played board games when the kids were younger--we even had a huge water fight with squirt guns, IN THE HOUSE, when the kids were in elementary school. My husband had a bazooka, while the rest of us had little water pistols.
I made up a song for each of our kids that I sang to them when I tucked them in bed at night. I also made up a "rap" (remember those?) that I, well, rapped every morning before they went to school. My kids make fun of it now but my grandkids love it. :-)
The words go like this (have someone else do the rap stuff while you say the words, it's more effective that way):
You got your lunch, you got your keys, you got your milk money?
You brushed your teeth, you combed your hair, you changed your underwear?
Don't be so slow, it's time to go, what more can I say?
Be a witness to your friend, and hey, have a nice day.
Okay, I guess it IS weird, but it was fun at the time, and it gives us all a good laugh now.
So how about you? Any fun rituals that you do with your kids/grandkids? Or maybe that your family did when you were a kid? Don't be shy--it's time to share!