10 Ways to Be A Fun Mum

Be a fun mum. That’s what I called my blog.  But what does it mean? Well, it’s going to be different for every person but I’m suggesting some fundamental qualities of a fun mum. Believe me, I’m not claiming to have all these qualities, especially number 6, but it’s good to have ideals to ground me in this parenting journey.

10 Ways to Be a Fun Mum

10 ways to be a fun mum

1. Be. Be true to who you are.

You don’t have to paint all day, do craft all the time or play a constant game hide and seek to be a fun mum. Sure those things are fun but I believe in the value of sharing who you are with a child and discovering ways to Live-with-a-capital-L life together. If you love sport, find ways to incorporate it into your parenting. If you love craft, create opportunities to do projects together. If you’re into science, make a point of sharing knowledge and discoveries with your child. Be who you are with your child because it’s a beautiful gift to give.

2. Be. Be brave.

Yes, stay true to who you are but also be brave enough to try new things. One of the beautiful things about being a parent is seeing the world through a child’s eyes.

3. Be. Be adventurous.

Through a child’s eyes the world is one big adventure! Allow yourself to live experience the adventure of parenting; through the highs and lows.

4. Be. Be creative.

Creativity is the key to  problem solving and longevity in the adventure of parenting. Find creative ways to live, and solve the many challenges you come across.

5. Be. Be imaginative.

Dream a little, pretend a lot, and you’ll be surprised at how much you can do!

6. Be. Be patient.

Nothing happens fast with parenting. It’s a L–O–N–G term labour of love. Be patient, with the small things like teaching a child to open a drink bottle lid, and with the big things like teaching a toddler to share.

7. Be. Be firm.

Be fun and be firm. They go together you know. Be MUM, and know when to call the shots (and learn from your mistakes when you get it wrong; happens to me a lot).

8. Be. Be giving.

“Give, give and give again. And when you’re tired of giving, just give a little more.” This wisdom from my beautiful mother, who isn’t with me anymore, has stayed very close to my heart.  Be giving: it’s not about being a doormat; it’s about unconditional love.

9. Be. Be in the moment.

Moments. Don’t forget the moments in the journey of parenting. The moments are like pieces of a puzzle, together creating a beautiful masterpiece.

10. Be. Be, just a little bit crazy.

A good sense of humour goes a long, long way.  Smile. Laugh a lot.  Be a little crazy with a touch of  silly sometimes.

Be a fun mum.

It’s less about what you DO and more about how you BE.

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CaseyNo Gravatar May 31, 2011 at 9:38 am

Love it. Thank you.

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Kelly LockNo Gravatar May 31, 2011 at 10:38 am

That is lovely…. Very inspiring…

For me lately, it has been about being in the moment. Not many things are fun or easy in my life at the moment, so I am just learning to stop and enjoy the little things that are good! It only needs to be small thing each day, like the sun shining, like a cuddle from a toddler, like a bedtime story, like a passing conversation…

And really, it is all the little things that add up to your whole life!

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KellyNo Gravatar June 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Hey Kel, I can really identify with you here. When things are tough it really helps to appreciate the little things. I’m sorry things are hard for you right now, I hope evetthing gets easier very soon. In the meantime, keep enjoying the little moments honey. xx

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Karen LNo Gravatar June 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Hiya!
Just found you on Facebook via the Kleenex Mums site. Love this post – particularly the patience one – it can be hard to maitain the required patience level at times!
Look forward to exploring you blog. I am always looking at the fun side of daily life & I think I’ll find lots here!
Please come on over & check me out too!
http://ramblingmum-mummabear1970.blogspot.com/
Cheers, Karen.

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KellyNo Gravatar June 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Hi Karen

So glad you found me! I’ll pop over and visit your blog too!

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BuseNo Gravatar July 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Hi again Kelly, this is a very inspiring list, especially number 8 and 6. And I know your are right; being a fun mum is all about the way we think. When we are happy, then our children is happier than us. I usually think they need happy parents more than anything else. Well maybe happiness is not enough but they really deserves this.

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar July 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Thanks for your thoughts Buse. We’ll just keep on learning together… :D That’s what it’s all about.

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JaxNo Gravatar March 31, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Hi Kelly! Just what I was looking for! Inspiration, encouragement, reassurance and ideas! Can’t wait to check out your blogs. So glad I found you! Xx

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar April 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

Hi Jax! I’m glad you found your way here too! x

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Alicia PriviteraNo Gravatar April 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm

So nice to share these ideas …. love your site. I believe in most of these suggestions but to see them actually shared by someone else shows me I must be in the good path to be a good fun mum. Sharing is such a great way to support each . Only mums can understand :-) Keep up your lovely site xxx

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TamsinNo Gravatar August 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Oh my god I love you!!!! :)

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar August 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

haha. I love you too! :D

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Claire Chadwick @ Scissors Paper RockNo Gravatar April 15, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Hey Kelly,
LOVE this post. Thanks for writing it ;)
And congrats on your recent Voices of 2013 place – well deserved.
Claire x

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RanaMamaNo Gravatar October 29, 2013 at 9:10 am

Thank you.

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