What do you do with your kids that you never do for yourself?
I am no artist. Really don't have much interest, and definitely don't have the skills. But in spending time with the kiddos, sometimes I do things I would never choose. I think this is a good thing, even if the outcome isn't a Renoir.
So...what's in your repertoir of not-so-great skills that you do because you love your kids?
Long (and funny ) story cut short, hit me up for the full version.
In grades k-5 - there are typically an annual daddy -daughter dances. Net result, girls go dance with each other and dads stand in the corner talking or on their phone for 2 hours. Then the last song comes on, and you have your dance, and everyone goes home. * - also a good night to play dressup.
My daugher also wanted dance classes -so from 5 to...? She has been learning specific styles of Hip hop - and ballet... Fast forward to Valentines day, and there is a family partipation dance party, and I ASSUME - it would be in a similar style. Students do their thing - Family does their thing - 1 dance at the end - and everyone goes home.
WRONG - I found out the hardway, via several practice lessions to learn the routine, that we would be performing just like the student - costumes and all. Hip-hop - was quite the workout, and all but one parent had to use both hands on the rail on the wall for ballet. I needed 2 - so i didnt tip over. The students were in the middle of the room with no rail
Almost everything we did came from some idea out of a TV show or movie. Extensive, whole-room blanket forts - with peep holes at various places - designed so my kids could be the meerkats from the show MeerKat Manor. I spent so much time on them that I'd leave them up for a week or more for increased ROI.
We made movies in a local city-wide contest like 4 years in a row. It all stemmed from us watching Avatar: The Last Airbender movie and them wondering how those special effects work. We made our own cut-in-camera special effects in the backyard that day and proceeded from there.
Last one that comes to mind is fixing a broken MonsterHigh doll knee joint with a finishing nail. Still working 15 years later. I could only last about 10 minutes dressing/redressing/playing-house with those dolls but I probably spent a good 90 minutes perfecting that knee replacement.