Do you ever feel the tug between work and play? Both are important, of course, but when we grow up we tend to get a little...boring. We start to think that work can't wait and find ourselves pushing aside fun family memories to mark things off of a to-do list. Please don't get me wrong. We NEED to do housework, cooking, cleaning, researching how to fix the garage door, paying the bills, returning the thing we borrowed from what's-his-face, you name it! It's all important, and it's not wrong to complete tasks that are our job to do. One time, I attended a moms group and the speaker said something along the lines of, "Your kids will only be young for a short time. It can be tempting to get excited when they get distracted by a toy and you have a minute to get something done, but skip the chores and spend time building a valuable relationship with your child." I'll be honest...hearing that was not encouraging to me. It only made me feel guilty for doing the things in life that needed to get done because I felt like I was expected to spend every waking moment actively investing all of my attention on my children. That's not how life works. It's not practical or healthy.
Today, my kids magically found things to play with and had a wonderful stretch of getting along and imagining together. Yes, the house was a disaster after their independent play time, but I will not feel guilty for letting them do something together without me. I didn't miss out on a moment. I let them have their own moment. PLUS I got to do some important work to free my brain up to focus on them later when they are interested in playing with me again. It's all about balance people!
I'm not really an outdoorsy person. I rarely even venture to the far edges of our small yard. Still, we need to get the wiggles out, have some fun, and enjoy the summer in the sun. Here's a little peek at our mini water day when I decided to enjoy the moment and let the groceries wait a little bit longer. Enjoy!
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