Two simple rules to bond with an 8 year old: one, do something silly, and do it together; two, laugh while you’re doing it. Laugh a lot.
That’s it. As simple as that. You don’t need anything fancy, or expensive electronics. None of that.
A few days ago, I went grocery shopping with my son after I picked him up from school. Something he absolutely hates and I dread doing, because he starts complaining the second he sees me take a turn into the grocery store’s parking lot.
My strategy when that happens is usually to bribe him with some kind of treat or whatever it is that will keep him entertained for a little while. This time however, I tried something different.
As we walked by the bulk section of the store, I told him he could pick whatever he wanted. I noticed a big bin filled with super sour candy, so I decided to grab a few. “Let’s see if these are really sour”, I said to him. Right away, his face lit up. So we each grabbed one, put it in our mouth and started making all kinds of goofy faces.
Now, to be honest, I just love anything sour. And I’m so used to eating sour stuff that I can handle it pretty well, no mater how strong it is. But he was laughing so hard that I totally exaggerated my reaction, just to keep him going.
Needless to say, that was a successful shopping trip. So much so, that the next day he asked to go to the store again, so we could eat more candy and make silly faces. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
Speaking of sour. Every single year, as soon as it starts to get warm, I start craving sour things even more than I usually do. Especially drinks. One of my favorites is the Frozen Blueberry Lemonade we shared 2 years ago. I just can’t get enough of it! So we decided to make sort of an “adult” version of it. And we came up with blueberry lime frozen margaritas. Now if you want to skip the alcohol in these, that’s totally fine too. They’re just delicious, however you decide to prepare them.
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- ¼ cup tequila
- Juice of 3 limes
- Juice of 1 orange
- 2 tbsp agave nectar (or to taste)
- 2 tbsp rum (or to taste)
- 1½ - 2 cups ice
- Salt for the rim (optional)
- Lime slices for garnish
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.
- Dip the rim of 2 margarita glasses in water, then press into a plate with salt. Pour margaritas and garnish with lime