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Thanks! Carlie K.
Does this seem like an odd question? In the past, my first response to this question would have been something like this, “Are you kidding?! I spend 12+ hours with my children. We do the following things together: read books and poems, work on art projects, Bible study, Spanish class, field trips, science experiments, Lego club, eat lunch, eat dinner, and I’m sure there’s something else I’m forgetting…” Wait a minute, am I forgetting something?
Today both of my sons at different moments said something to me that made me stop dead in my tracks both times. My eldest, who is ten-years-old, said, “You haven’t spent any time with me today.” What?! What about the past three hours we spent together during school? According to my son, “That doesn’t count.”
When I was playing with my five-year-old, being a homeschool parent, I decided to turn this time into a “teachable moment.” As he was holding two cars in his hands, I asked him, “Of the two cars you are holding, which one is heavier?” His response, “Mom, can we just play?”
P-l-a-y…Play, wow! Today my children reminded me of something that I believe sometimes gets lost in our homeschool world. Just because I’m with my children all day teaching them, doesn’t mean (in their hearts) that I’m spending quality time with them. For my elementary-aged children, quality time means losing myself in their play world. This could mean playing with toy cars, stuffed animals, board games, or jumping on the trampoline with them. For older children, this may mean something else. (Take the time to find out what that something is.)
They also reminded me that I don’t have to be a teacher ALL THE TIME. Not every activity has to turn into a lesson. Sometimes, just having “mom” with them is all they want and need. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to take my “teacher” hat off, put on my “mom” hat, and go outside and play…
Clara is the homeschool mother of two energetic boys and the Managing Editor for Altered Arts magazine. This is her seventh year as a home educator. She considers herself very blessed to be able to spend these important years at home with her children. You can read her blog, A Slice of Homeschool Pie, by visiting her website: www.asliceofhomeschoolpie.com.
You can also contact her at clara@asliceofhomeschoolpie. com.