Quick Reminder To Parents: Have Some Fun Today!

snoopy charlie brown having thanksgiving cartoon

Let's all be like Snoopy today!

“Try not to have a good time…this is supposed to be educational.”
– Charles Schulz

This is just a reminder to all of the amazing parents out there who work countless hours to help their children grow and develop and become everything that God created them to be…..to have some fun today!

You and your little ones deserve it.  Really, you do!

father son down syndrome having fun playing

We love to have fun in this house!

Work Hard…Play Harder!

Parents of children born with a special need of any kid work especially hard to help their children reach their goals!  It’s amazing. Loving.   Humbling.  Inspiring.  Loving.  Caring.  Wonderful.  Loving.  Great.  Epic. Loving.  Awesome. Incredible.  Loving.They spend hours researching the perfect developmental toy for their child. They go to countless physical, occupational, speech, and feeding therapies.  They celebrate every small step their child makes as if he/she just won the Nobel Peace Prize.   They read books. Search the web.  Read an endless supply of blogs (thanks by the way!)  And love and care for their children in ways that few parents do.

If you are a parent of a child born with special needs I want to thank you for all you do.  Your hard work does not go unnoticed.  Trust me.

You are making deposits into your children’s life that will pay a life time of dividends…for both them, and you.

father spending day having fun child down syndrome

I could do this all do!

A Journey Of Epic Proportions

I consider it an honor to be on this journey with so many wonderful parents.  You all inspire me every single day.  I mean that.  Thank you for every comment, Facebook wall post, kind email, message, sharing the stories of your family with us, and for all the encouragement you have given us this past year.  You’ll never know how much it all means to us.  Although many of you are miles (and oceans!) away, we consider you all true friends.

So today, parents, kids, families…..I’m giving you permission to have some fun.  Relax.  Drink some hot chocolate.  Cuddle.  Put the developmental books down.  Go to the park.  Call in sick to your therapy appointment (Shhhhh….don’t tell our physical therapist).  Go catch a movie (don’t worry about the baby-in-the-movie-haters).  Hug your kid-o and tell them how much you love them.

But above all else….have some fun today.  You and your children deserve it.  You really, really do!

father and son born with down syndrome having fun

Go have some fun today...you deserve it!

What are some things you and your family do to help remember to keep life fun?


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About Rick Smith

Hi, I'm Noah's Dad and I'm passionate about giving the world a window into our life as we raise our son who was born with Down syndrome. I also enjoy connecting with other families, so let's stay connected.


  1. Thanks for the reminder 🙂 Our kids are the most precious little people we could ever ask for. My kids light up my day everyday, no matter how bad the day has been but sometimes life takes over and a little reminder like this post is what is needed to get back on track to what is really important…our kids! 🙂

    • @Barbara,

      Thanks so much. I’m glad it could be encouragement to you. What you do as a parent is so so so important. Never forget that.

      How old are your children, and where are you guys from?

      • We are in Southern California. My children are 18, 14, 11, and Megan (with Down Syndrome) is 2 1/2. I couldn’t be more proud or more in love with my kids than I already am. I have read a few of your other blog posts and I really do enjoy them. Thank you for sharing Noah with us, he is an absolute doll!

        • Wow. What a range you have. I bet it’s a ton of fun!

          Southern Calforina is awesome also. Maybe we can come visit some day! 🙂

          And thanks for the kind word on my blog. I really appreciate the encouragement. 🙂

  2. Though it can be hard work to be the best mom that I can be to both of my children, it is worth it all! I don’t think there is a greater gift from God (except for salvation). We have fun every day. As you have said, all of Tybee’s acomplishments are worthy of celebration. Today he climbed up 3 stairs and stood up without support for a couple seconds! As I understand this is huge for a 14 month old Down Syndrome child. Way to go Tybee!
    I wanted to share this thought that I had today. Depending on age, your chances of having a child with Down Syndrome are not very likely. The way I see it our family hit the lottery. We are so lucky and blessed to have a child who has DS. We would not change one thing about Tybee. And that is the honest truth. He is perfectly and wonderfully made. I know that you know exactly how we feel 🙂
    It appears that your family has a lot of fun also.

    • @Stacy,

      Thanks for your comment, and so nice to ‘meet’ you! 🙂

      I like the way you think…you probably have noticed I don’t ever say Noah is the “best” thing that has happened to us….or that being his daddy is the “best” thing I’ve ever done, etc….that’s because it’s not. Having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ is the best thing that ever happened to me….but apart from that all the rest of these are very close seconds. 🙂

      I’m so proud of your son for the standing…and YES that is a HUGE accomplishment! I’m celebrating with you!!! Noah is just now standing (we’re a bit behind on our videos) up with the help of his crib, toys, etc…but we keep working on him to stand up by him self for just a second…we can’t wait! So I can’t even imagine how full of you joy you are for the day you had today. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

      I LOVED reading your comment about Tybee! My wife and I have jokingly said we hit the genetic jackpot by the way…so I like how you think.

      How did you come across our website? We are glad to have you on board! (By the way, it’s cool that are kid-o’s are close to the same age…it’ll be fun watching each others story unfold.)

      • I have been following Noah for several months now. I really enjoy it. My friend recommended this to me. And I have recommended you to others.
        Noah will be standing on his own soon. Not too long ago Tybee had just started standing in his crib. I remember when that was one of the goals I set for him 🙂
        How did your finals go?

        • So fun to hear all of that, the internet is great (sometimes!) 🙂

          I’m glad we can all connect…and seriously hope we can all meet up one day.

          In regards to the finals…I don’t want to talk about that. 🙂 I’m still working on them, it’s kind of sore subject in our house. It’s hard to get work done with this cute little boy around all the time………I’ll leave it that, for not. Thanks for asking by the way.

  3. keep up the good work, Noah’s cute and Blessed to have great such a great Dad, as you are Blessed to have him. GodBless and Congrads

  4. keep up the good work, Noah’s cute and Blessed to have great such a great Dad, as you are Blessed to have him. GodBless and Congrads

    • Thanks so much. We have a lot of fun raising this little boy.

      By the way, do you have children? You may have told me before, but I can’t remember. If so how old are they?

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