“Ummm.. I think I want to take another round.”
My 10 year old had a friend over. My son is no stranger to the sauna, but it was his friend’s first authentic Finnish sauna experience. I thought i’d sit quietly on the bench and see how he took to it. After a good amount of time on the upper sauna bench, they escaped the hot room to prance around under the outdoor backyard shower.
After a bit of standing around steaming in the crisp air of an early fall night, my son asks.. “so, what do you want to do now?” There was a whole list of things they could have chosen: TV, computer games, etc. etc. but a smile came to my face when I heard: “Ummm.. I think I want to take another round.”
Taking a sauna with kids is a great way to reconnect: unplug from the screen, sit together and share an experience of simplistic therapy. A virtual escape to a vintage cabin without electricty and distractions: share stories, or just sit quietly. It’s the simple moments of parenting that count. Family psychologists talk about the importance of eating a meal as a family, as a time when parents and their children can reconnect, and i’ll offer that a sauna presents the same opportunity. If you’ve ever heard your child, or your child’s friend say , “Ummm.. I think I want to take another round” you’ll know what I mean.