Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Down in the Dumps

I am not a kid person. My brain doesn't automatically think in "kid". I don't think of cool things and traditions and games and crafts on my own. I just don't. Prior to having kids I would coo over a cute baby but never (NEVER!) actually hold one. When in the last stages of pregnancy with my oldest, I went to visit my cousin and held her baby. She was cute. Then I handed her back.

After having kids of my own, I like other kids a bit more. But still, my head just doesn't think like that. It is hard for me to say I'm having "fun" while building with legos or playing space rockets.

I don't know how this happened. As a kid I loved making up games and creating. But then... I grew up and school pounded that creativity out of my brain, one standardized test at a time.

And so has begun my search for books with cool activities/traditions to do with the kids.

Sigh. I love books but sometimes it is a burden to be the type of person who must learn from them.


PeavoyMom said...

It is also hard for me to think up cool activities. I do have some books you can look into if you want. I LOVE them. I never buy books, I just get them for Christmas from my hubby. My favorite is "Unplugged Play" by Bobbi Conner. Some other greats are "101 Secrets a Cool Mom Knows" by Sue Ellin Browder and Walter Browder, "Cool Parent 101 Fun things to make you kid say wow!" by Alecia T. Devantier and Carol A. Trukngton, and "365 Outdoor Activities" by Maria Birmingham, Karen E. Bledsoe, and Kelly Milner Halls."
Good luck!
P.S. I love your blog.

Muttix said...

Thanks for the suggestions! I've added them to my reading list.