A few months ago, I purchased a multi-colored, rotating disco ball lamp for my kids. My intent was to have some fun from time to time dancing with my kids. What has surprised me is this: the addition of this tacky, retro-style lamp to my family room decor has turned our TV-dominated evenings into Boogie Nights.
My kids are 4, 8 and 11 years old. When I initially plugged in the “ball”, of course, I was the only one dancing for the first ten minutes. My kids glared at me like I was the weirdest mom on Planet Earth. Then, one child couldn’t resist the urge to move…then the next…and the next. Soon, we were shaking, lurching, rocking, and bopping like it was 1999. Since then, my kids have not stopped shaking their booties. We dance every day, at least once, sometimes more. We have fun, we laugh, we move it, move it. Try it and see the effects of this simple, no rules approach to joyfulness.
Can you imagine dancing with your parents when you were a kid? This is a memory I am thrilled my children will have to cherish. I will cherish it too, more than words can express.
These Boogie Days and Boogie Nights provide a beautiful, healthy example of liberation to our children. Moving the body frees the spirit, not through discipline or structure but rather through free expression. Free Expression. Let those words sink in…
I want to raise my children to be free of repression. I want to raise my children to be wildly creative. I want my children to have the the outrageous courage to think outside the box. I want my children to know that every day there is time for joy.
So, for the rest of our lives, my kids and I will be dancing like the stars in our little family room. We won’t be waiting for a party, or a wedding, or a night out to do the wild thing.
By the time you read this, I’ll be workin’ it with my kids, or maybe even by myself. It doesn’t matter. It’s a happy thing…cut loose…try it. Have you watched your kids dance lately? It’s pretty entertaining. You won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face. I guarantee it.
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