Becoming an Intentional Homeschoolin’ Mama – Play Time

Play Time – It’s Not Just for Kids

Your school day is over and all the kiddos are off and playing.  Your mind starts churning about what project to begin first: the laundry, the days cleaning list, maybe a little blogging or returning phone calls – or even getting a jump start on dinner.

Why not put all that on hold, get on the floor and play with your kids?

I know.  I know.  But I have just way too much to get done!  I just don’t have time!  Plus, they’re playing so well on their own (finally)!  Yes all that is totally true and a great excuse to sneak off and tackle a few items on your To Do List.  BUT consider this.  If you don’t take this Play Time with your kids each day, then they will always only see you as:  the teacher, the disciplinarian, the homemaker, the wife, the mom.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s very important that they see you in these roles.  But it’s equally important that they see you can have fun too.  Do you really want them growing up thinking that once your an adult all the fun is gone?

Take at least 30 minutes a day and play with those sweet kiddos of yours.  If you don’t when they’re small they won’t want to when they’re older.  Here’s what I do:

  • Play Time = They’re the Boss – Let each child take turns deciding what you’ll do (with in reason of course).  But it needs to be up to them – the kids run the show.
  • Tell them that Mama has 30 minutes (or what ever amount of time you have) and you want to have as much fun as possible before you need to get to your Tasks.
  • If they “fix” your hair – leave it like that for the day.  When they paint your nails leave it messy – don’t fix it.  That one truly kills me but I make myself do it.
  • Encourage their imagination.  I love to let them run how we play dolls, tell stories, play house…

Oh and by the way – You can totally have play time while your cleaning.  I can not tell you how much cleaning actually gets accomplished now that my girls become “Cinderella” when we clean!  The gowns go on and the role playing begins – with “complaints” about the Evil Step Mother and all! Hysterical!

Play Time – For the Homeschoolin’ Mama

Remember yesterday when I wrote about the importance of keeping up with the latest and greatest of homeschooling?  Well, one of the best ways to do just that is to attend a Homeschool Convention and I know just the one for you – Teach Them Diligently Nashville, TN!  Okay, so they will also be in Spartanburg, SC and Omaha, NE.  But I am attending the Nashville Convention – so that’s the one you need to go to as well.  *snicker*

 

This convention is not only run by a wonderful God-fearing Homeschooling Family but it has something for everyone in your family.  A Children’s Program for the sweet kiddos, a Men’s Breakfast for the hubbies and AMAZING Homeschooler Leaders/Speakers galore!!!!  Can you tell I’m excited to go?  Our hotel is booked and (if my husband would let me) my bags would be packed already! 

Come for the fantastic speakers and all the vendors (find the latest and greatest curriculum on the market) and meet ME!  Okay to the last one is not a real reason to come – more like a little bonus!  Hehehehehe!  But seriously, check out their website, follow them on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and Pinterest.  Join thousands of homeschoolers at any one of their three locations.  Have a little Play Time and be encouraged on your way to Becoming an Intentional Homeschoolin’ Mama!

Thank you so much for joining me in this 5 Day Series – Becoming an Intentional Homeschoolin’ Mama!  I would love to hear from you about this series or any questions you may have.  Feel free to leave a comment right here on this post or email me at: homeschoolnmama {at} gmail.com

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I am thrilled to be joining these fine Homeschool Bloggers of the iHomeschool Network in the FIRST Hopscotch of 2013!!!  Jump on over and check out what all these awesome ladies are up to this week!

What do you do for Play Time with your kiddos?
How often do you just play with them?
What is your kiddos favorite game to play with you?
 
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  1. Intentional in all that we do – for God – it’s a blessing to know you and can’t wait to see you for real!

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