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Science Kids on the Loose

Science Kids on the Loose

Dance Party

The most challenging time of day for me as a mom is the very end of the day. Fondly know around here as “the witching hour.” At our house, the witching hour is that short span of time between dinner and bedtime. I am usually at wits ends, waiting for my husband to get home, with my tank of patience running on fumes. Henry and Leo are more combative, whiney, and contentious this time of day. And I tend to handle it less than maturely. However, on the days when I can gather enough brainpower to be proactive instead reactive, there is one activity that always seems to bring happiness and joy to our wilted troops.
Dance party! We dance wildly around the living room and the dining room. The boys bust out their signature moves and we always end up on the floor laughing. Leo is famous for his break dancing and Henry does a spot-on robot. The joy is infectious and it is impossible to be cranky. Sometimes I turn on the music and get the “Oh, mom…” looks from the boys but they always end up dancing right along with me. I’m never self conscious with them and I think it’s wonderful for them to see me letting loose. It’s our happy time.
Over time I have created a play list on the iPad specifically designed to get my boys moving and shaking. A lot of the songs come from music we hear on the radio as we drive around town. (Am I the only one who still listens to the radio?) Leo really likes classic rock and 80’s music while Henry enjoys current techno-pop (is it called that anymore?) music. Last week in the car Leo asked me to get the Bee Gees on my iPad. Yes! The boy knows a good tune when he hears them. Wait until I unleash ABBA on them. And never underestimate the power of Kid Bopz. There, I said it.
Dance party is quite a work out for all of us. We literally dance the last of the day’s yayas out. My kids need that last burst of energy at the end of the day and I find that our bedtime routine is smoother on dance party nights. That goes the same for the nights we have family walks or Friday night swim night. The exercise is so important as way for the boys to get out emotions and settle down for the night. It seems counter-intuitive, but it’s true for us.
I also think that there’s a bonding component too. Sometimes I start up dance party in the middle of washing dishes or folding clothes. There is a spontaneity to it that delights Henry and Leo. They will ask, “Mommy, you want to dance right now?” And I joyfully reply, “Yes!” I think they feel like we are breaking some sort of norm or behaving out of routine. My boys love it. And I love feeling like I am creating memories — joyful ones at that.
And yes, I need the workout too. Sid tells us to “Get Up and Move!” What are some of the exercise secrets in your house? How do your kids get their yayas out?

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