Simple As That: Happy Feet

As a parent, some days the forces of the universe align to allow you some generous pockets of precious free time and you find yourself lingering over lengthy, well-researched, thought-provoking articles on parenting.  But most days, you might have five minutes to yourself to skim through a favorite blog or make a run through your feed reader.

Bearing that in mind, I want to start a new series here at Simple Kids called “Simple As That” in which I (and hopefully eventually you, the community of Simple Kids) share a quick thought, quick fix, or quick insight on parenting.

To kick off the series, I wanted to tell you about a fun solution my four year old Dacey and I discovered this week.  Dacey is a fairly emotionally sensitive child and sometimes she just wakes up on the wrong side of the bed.  On this particular morning, she was feeling kind of mopey while she laid on the couch watching Sesame Street.  One of her favorite segments on Sesame Street is when a group of children paint the number of the day on the soles of someone’s feet.

“Hey, mama?  Will you draw faces on my feet?”

At first I hesitated, but then thought, “Why not?  All of our markers are washable for a reason!”

So I asked her to pick out a marker (she picked brown) and then we went to work illustrating the soles of her feet.  Between the tickling of the marker and the silliness of the faces I drew, she was giggling in no time.  The pouts and sighs were replaced with laughing and fun and a Bad Mood Morning was transformed.


What’s your best simple solution to a bad mood day?

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  1. What a creative use of washable markers! The FOOTE family approves of your simply fun idea! =) (Pun very-stratetigically-and-absolutely-intended).

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  2. Tickle fest. After about 2 minutes of tickling those blues and bad moods usually go away.

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    • @LaToya, yes! Tickling is such a great pick-’em-upper. Even the saddest of faces can usually come around with some tickling.

  3. A bath! Preferably with a rubber duck, although empty shampoo bottles and small mixing bowls are great too.

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    • @Natalie – when Dacey was a baby, there were times when a nice, soothing bath was the ONLY things that would calm her down when she was in meltdown mode. Both girls love to splash around in the tub, so this is such a great idea for a bad mood fix!

  4. We turn off the TV, turn on the iPod, and dance around in the living room. Gets my kids giggling every time, and it’s usually fun for me to move around, too.

    • @Tsh, absolutely on the dancing! I have to admit – sometimes I need the giggles more than the girls do. I can’t help but to smile when I am dancing with those two hammie hams!

  5. hee hee. the happy feet remind me of “Chin Man”. A character played by BKG’s chin. (While looking at him upside down, ya know?) I don’t think Eves has met Chin Man yet. Hmmm… I think he’s gonna make an appearance this evening. Maybe even get a make-over.

  6. My daughter is only 7 months old, so we don’t have a TON of options yet. BUT, what makes her happy when she’s feeling down is simply going outside to sit and watch the cars and world go by. Calms her right down.

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  7. What a cool photo! It really shows the impact breaking a pattern can have on you and your child. One thing I do is say, “Oh, I found this on the ground,” or “you left this on the bed.” Then I reach into a real or imagined pocket and hand them back something, “Your smile.” 🙂 They usually can’t resist the imagery and it disarms them by being very open to how they are yet doing something fun about it.


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