Monsoon reminds us of our childhood fun, playing in the rain, floating paper boats & dry leaves and watching them reach the far end of moving water stream. We splashed water all around and had merry. And yes, why our kids be any different? They do follow our footsteps albeit with natural instinct.
Kids, unlike us adults eagerly await monsoon just for the fun quotient it brings along. Just a whiff of it approaching and the faces light up brightly and their brain engaged in thinking of possible mischief or ways of enjoying. We adults heave a sigh of relief knowing the scorching summer is ending but then start worrying about the impending muggy weather. Kids, oblivious of what follows next, just ready themselves to jump right in and enjoy.
Let Kids be Kids
To enjoy monsoon, it is best to let the kids do what they are best at: enjoy the moment. We as adults should do our homework and stock whatever foods necessary to enhance the family get-together and then simply give in and join the fun together. Kids enjoy more when adults also join and try some childish moves.
The giggles, the laughter and shrieks increase the fun and when it comes for free, why miss it? And there is no harm if it enhances the familial bonding! After all these times are hard to find and missing out is just plain stupidity.
Join in the Rain Dance
Dancing in the rain is the best way to enjoy. Wading through stagnant pools is something that doesn’t happen often and kids simply plunge in. Boys should wear shorts and girls jumpsuits to keep off the splashes and enjoy to their fullest. Trendy Tees are apt as tops as they complete the look. Running barefoot is dangerous as loose earth may bring up embedded thorns and hurt.
Shouting, shrieking may not be an adult thing but accompanying kids and not objecting to kids’ indulgence is. When we have danced in the rain as a kid, why prevent our kids from having their share of fun? These are precious moments and available only for limited years.
Rains and rainy weather means drenching, dancing, puddles, lightning, rainbows and umbrellas. Getting drenched in heavy downpour & seeing the rain from under an umbrella is pure joy. Sometimes God grants the kids a wish and presents a rainbow, making the moment more enjoyable.
The enjoyable Umbrella Dance
If a storm accompanies the rain, throw an umbrella to the kids and see them fumble holding and weathering the rain. It will be fun no doubt, but also teach some invaluable lessons as well. Sometimes the wind may just blow the umbrella away and trying to bring it back is quite a task. Facing gusty winds is funny task your kids will remember for their lifetime.
Tasting the Rain
Once the initial thrust weakens, rush out and ask kids to look upwards keeping mouth open. Enquire how the drops tasted and whether the droplets were icy cold or not? Enjoy the surprise element which appears like a shock for your kids. If lucky your kid may get ice along with the water drop. Kids seldom know how droplets form and their expressions make your day too!
Ride and rush through puddles
Get astride your bike and help kids ride the pillion without any headgear. Now purposefully drive in rain and you both can enjoy the shower coming down at great speed. Now purposefully enter a puddle and enjoy the splash your bike creates on both sides. Getting the rain head-on is a blissful experience no kid should miss.
Enjoyable Bicycle Ride
Rain forces the driver to keep eyes partially closed increasing the fun. It may not be evident to the kid but the moment it is obvious, they may want to quit. Cheer the rider instead and ask them to get firsthand experience. Later, put on your headgear with visor and let them experience the difference.
Next encourage them to cross either a big puddle or stagnant water and experience the difficulty when water opposes the advance. No matter if they slip because it won’t hurt much. Now comes the funny part; the kid needs to stand up while lifting his bike. This is something which they need to learn and if need be, the parents can enter the puddle and assist.
Time to Share Experiences
Ask the kids to shower and join for some meaty discussion. Prepare some hot soup and discuss your experiences. Obviously, the kids will seize the opportunity and discuss with great fervor. Parents will surely enjoy the activities and join in the laughter.