Inner Child

My 9 month old daughter is now able to play. Her ability to crawl and grab things broadens the types of activities we can enjoy together. Our favorite games are peek-a-boo and chase. When we are feeling mellow we play with her Little People Barnyard and Fisher Price Learning Table. My daughter’s giggles are magic to my ears. Knowing she is having a good time interacting with me makes me feel wonderful as a mother. In addition to providing immense maternal satisfaction, our play is also showing me how to have fun again. It’s hard to be stressed or overly serious while making animal noises and crawling around on the floor. Sharing my daughter’s experiences is allowing me the opportunity to get in touch with my inner child.

I suspect many adults have a secret desire to forget they are 30, 40, 50 or 60 for a while. Some, like me, relive their youth through childlike activities. Others rely on clothing or gadgets to help them feel younger at times. There are all sorts of ways to accomplish the task. My least favorite is when people decide to find their inner child by behaving like one during a difficult situation. Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell’s current spat comes to mind. They are carrying on in public in a way that reminds me of my high school days. All of the name calling, whining and note sending is worthy of a good week in detention. I’m so glad I found a positive way to relive being a kid. Mooing like a cow and meowing like a kitten is much more appealing to me than announcing someone is a loser or ugly and writing letters about how someone stabbed so-and-so in the back by calling whosey-whatsis a you know what.

My advice to Donald & Rosie, go play on the living room floor with your kids for a bit.

3 Responses to “Inner Child”

  1. This is so funny you brought this up. At work yesterday we had a conversation that the Trump and Rosie were acting like school aged kids…

  2. Holly says:

    very good advice. i think you are right that many adults allow their behavior to revert back to childhood but don’t allow themselves the inner child “playtime.”
    I will definitely be one of the parents who is always on the floor playing with my son. I love toys.

  3. This is one of the best things about having kids!! You relive your own childhood–trust me it gets better and better. :)