Thursday, April 22, 2010

Acting Silly With Our Kids kids are pretty much the only people in the world that I feel comfortable being silly with. Generally I'm a pretty serious, task-oriented person, but my children give me permission to have fun and just act goofy. In fact, they think it's pretty hilarious when I do.

I think that deep down inside, we all wish we felt as uninhibited as kids do. Wouldn't it be great if all of us thought that we told the most hilarious jokes, had the greatest dance skills, and could belt out a showtune that would have Broadway producers beating down our doors? It's so freeing when we can let our guard down. And laughing is so good for the mind, body, and spirit!

Question for you: Do you act silly with your kids? What happens as we grow older that makes us not feel as free to be silly?


Christy Bullock said...

I don't act silly with them enough. They love it when I do, but I also wonder why I don't feel free to be silly. I'd like to hear some opinions on that.

laurie said...

I definitely act more silly with kids and am very aware of the shame that I feel if/when I do so with adults. I'm working on this and trying to embrace this freedom regardless of who I'm with, but it's not easy.

I think the difference is that kids are much more accepting and less judgmental than adults. Somewhere in the process of development, we're unfortunately given the message that the PRODUCT of what we do is more important than the PROCESS. It's about results, not expression - which is really depressing. Few things make me happier than flapping my "wings" in the park like a bird with a 2-year-old. :)