I think one of the hardest things for parents to do is something that should come naturally. It's not discipline, making good choices or earning more money. It's breaking loose and having fun. Why is that so hard? We were kids once, so what happened that we forgot to have fun along they way? Many adults seem to feel too silly to break out and act like a kid from time to time. We get embarrassed or feel like we're not being mature.

In allowing ourselves to be playful, we're teaching our children that they don't have to take life so seriously all of the time. That's important in a world that forces us to focus on so many serious, adult issues. If we don't play once in awhile, it affects our health and attitude. Our kids need to see that we enjoy their company and their interests. Even if we don't. Who knows, we may just discover why they think something is so much fun if we give it a chance.

My middle child is hard to connect with because his interests are so limited. He has Asperger Syndrome, a very mild form of autism. He likes video games and reading, and that's about it. I love video games, but don't have a lot of time to play them with everything else I do. However, I play with him when I can. He is learning to save his money and that's extremely hard for him. He worked hard to save enough money to buy Let's Dance tonight. He was extremely proud, and I think he chose it because he knew I would gladly play that with him.

Let's Dance has popular songs set to dance moves that the player does along with the digital person on the screen. It's great exercise while listening to our favorite songs and it's hilarious to watch each other up there dancing. That is great therapy for a child who has some issues with reading social cues and coordination. This will actually help us with our karate because we have to quickly memorize moves and keep our balance at the same time. So, how could I say "No?" Needless to say, I had a nice workout tonight. This just might be the exercise I was looking for to help me loose weight over the fall and winter seasons. Break loose and have some fun. You're making special memories while teaching important lessons and creating bonding moments with the most precious people in your lives.