It all started about 10 years ago. Our family was tucked into little cabin in the woods, serving at a week of family camp. I was getting ready to tuck in my little guys for the night, when my then 4 year old said, “Hey Mom, do you want to play Feel Good Shoppe?”
I wasn’t familiar with the name and certainly was intrigued. “Hmmm, Feel Good Shoppe? Sounds nice…what’s that?”
“Well, you sit down and read us stories and we rub your feet. So it feels good. Stuff like that.”
Of course, my mama heart leaps at the cuteness of it all, and with my dusty flip-flop feet aching for a rubdown, I tried to keep it casual: “Umm, sure- that sounds fun. I guess we could play that.”
Inside, I’m thinking, “HELLO?! Sign me up!”
Ten years later and this is one game I have definitely kept in the repertoire. Not every night… one needs to be strategic about making sure this remains a special “treat” to pull out with mama. Just every now and again.
So around bedtime, as we’re cuddled on the couch, I casually ask, “Anyone want to play Feel Good Shoppe while I read stories?”
I’ve picked up some of those wooden nobby backrubbers, some peppermint foot cream, exfoliating gloves, and those tickly hair massagers (which I love, but causes some people to crawl out of their skin!) And away they go. One at the neck and back, one at the feet…and I read aloud.
Tuck this idea into your back pocket for the night when you need a little rest and let your little ones have FUN loving on their mom!