How Whimsy Can Turn Your Day Around

Indoor water gun fight.

Written by Josh Solar of The Happy Family Movement

You know those days when you pick up the kids from school and EVERYONE is grumpy GRUMPY (they’re REALLY grumpy) and you feel like you’re going to lose your mind? Yesterday was one of those days for us. The ride home from school was not pleasant. Yelling, fighting, kicking each others seats, kicking the dog, throwing things. Oi!

When faced with situations like this, one has a few different options. You can succumb to the stressful situations and lose your cool, adding to the noise and making everything worse, or you can find a clever way to surprise them and turn their day around. I sent my wife a text saying the kiddos are GRUMPY! and we needed to figure out how to cheer ’em up.

My wife, the genius that she is, quickly ran to our stockpile of dollar store water guns, filled up 5, left 3 (one for each kid) on the top of the steps (we live in a split level house). She patiently waited for them to walk in the door and blasted ’em! Max and Ava ran up stairs to escape, saw the guns on the top of the steps ready to go, grabbed ’em and joined in on the fun. Lia, our little spitfire, decided she wanted to be mad for a few extra minutes, but then she decided to have a blast as well. We proceeded to blast each other with water guns for the next 10-15 minutes, laughing, running, and turning what could’ve been a terrible night into the start of a wonderful evening together.

Now, you may be saying to yourself, I would NEVER have a water gun fight inside the house! And, that’s ok, indoor water gun fights are most definitely not for everyone. The point of this post is to think about fun ways you can turn a day around. Silly string? Have an art project ready to go? Talk to each other only with walkie-talkies? Dance party? Jenny and I could’ve made the decision to be grumpy with them, accept that the evening was lost and go from there, or we could send them into a state of wonder, joy and whimsy by surprising them with an indoor water gun fight.

What are some ways you have or can bring a sense of whimsy to your kiddos when they’re having a rough day?

Mom and daughter having an indoor water gun fight.

12 Responses to How Whimsy Can Turn Your Day Around

  1. gina April 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    this family , always amazing and im constantly inspired by them.

    • josh April 4, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

      Gina – Glad to call you a friend…can’t wait to see you again! ps – I’m blushing 🙂

  2. Jen Downer April 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    I love this, you guys!!! Of course you can choose whimsy! OF COURSE! So brilliant.
    I find that either water or nature seem to work wonders as a balm for bad moods and a phenomenal reset button. Oh and ice cream. Ice cream works wonders too. ;o)

    • josh April 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

      it’s froyo in our house instead of ice cream, but yes, treats help too. haha!

  3. Rachelle Gilmore April 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    That joy is something I strive to see in my kids eyes daily! What a wonderful idea. Sometimes the littlest things make a difference. Thank you for sharing!

    • josh April 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

      Joy…love that. Joy is a wonderful thing…thank YOU for leaving a little love letting us know this post resonated with you 🙂

  4. Jen Downer April 5, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    Been thinking a lot on this. Thank you again so much for the food for thought. Another thing we do to change grumpy moods is MUSIC & DANCING! Fail proof in our clan. And sometimes, they just need some full on devoted snuggle time.

    • josh April 5, 2013 at 9:04 am #

      YES! Music really can do that. Love to you!

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    • josh April 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

      haha 🙂

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