Here at Bounce N Play in Astoria, New York, we mostly see children from about age three or four to about age twelve or thirteen. Our facility is geared toward a slightly older crowd when it comes to kids, as they must be at least steady enough on their feet to compensate for the delightful unsteadiness of an inflatable. We do occasionally see, however, a mother or father of a child in our target age-range with a younger child in tow. They often look sleep-deprived, and maybe even a little frazzled, so we wanted to offer some helpful tips from other parents that have been there before (just in case you forgot.)
1. Don’t sweat the small stuff
Will it matter in an hour, or a day, or a week? Getting upset is a human reaction and a part of life, but do not let it steal the precious time with your child. Be sure to focus on the bigger picture, and try not to let the little (inevitable) infractions bother you.
2. Ask for help
Do not think this makes you weak, or less of a mom. No one expects you to be Wonder Woman, and you will only stress yourself out if you try to be. Ask your spouse, parent, friend, or even neighbor to help you watch your child, clean your house, or make a meal for you. You may be surprised how willing people are to help!
3. Don’t Forget to Have Fun
You have probably heard it a dozen times, but your kids won’t be kids forever. Be sure to enjoy the time you have with them while they are young, and have fun with them! You are creating memories that will last a lifetime, and teaching your child important life lessons along the way!