This is a sponsored post on behalf of Life of Dad and Cheerios. I received compensation for this post; however, all opinions stated are my own.
Last week, we had planned it just right. We were going to go out on the lake on Saturday morning with Becky’s family and come home to have s’mores around the fire on Saturday night. We promised the kids that we could have a ‘camp out’ on the screened-in porch.
I probably should have checked the weather, because well… you know what they say about the best-laid plans.
Yep. 3:00 rolls around and so does the thunder.
That left me with a bag of chocolate, a box of graham crackers, a bag of marshmallows, six sleeping bags, six pillows and four very upset children who didn’t understand why we couldn’t just make s’mores in the rain and sleep on the porch anyway. Mind you- they would be in mine or Becky’s sleeping bag as soon as the thunder crashed in the middle of the night.
Making plans as a parent is like stacking Cheerios… you can only stack them so high before they come crashing down.
These are the moments that define us as parents. How will we handle it? Will we throw in the towel? Will we sulk and pout because things didn’t go our way? Will we make the best of it? Will we show our kids that we will have fun because we are fun and we don’t need anything special to prove it?
We did just that – we made the best of it and the kids ended up having MORE fun than they would of if we stayed outside.
The kids had been looking at the #CheeriosChallenge pictures on my instagram page that day and thought it was hilarious, so we decided to have our own Cheerios Challenge.
We each teamed up with one other person and everyone had to see how many cheerios their team could stack before it fell. (Not to toot my own horn, but let’s just say that the winner prevailed).
We took it a step further and had everyone try it blindfolded and then had everyone try to stack them on our goldendoodle- yes, really. Even our cat, Curry, got in on the fun! He should be good – he’s named after an athlete.
The thing to remember is that you can take plans that fail and you can give up on them… or you can be the parent that teaches his kids that when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. When life rains on your camp-out, you play a game that makes the whole family laugh. Make the most of things. Your kids will remember the memories because you had fun doing them together more than they will remember the places you went or things you did. So make the most of everything & you’ll be making some great memories.