“If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children, we should have happier households. Let the mother go out to play!” Charlotte Mason
And we all know we don’t do enough of it. When there comes a time in motherhood where the outing to the grocery store has become ‘down time’ that is when we know we need a little more time to play.
When I would normally read some classical piece of literature, a simplified version of Midsummer Night’s Dream, while the kiddos paint their masterpieces, it dawned on me, I could get them to read, and I could draw. Let mama go out to play!
When I could have begun studies at a spritely 0800, I could instead have a warm up to the day with a hot coffee and an inspiring read. Let mama start the day in play!
When I would sit whiling a half hour away recording each child’s activities as I watch the kiddos play freely in the backyard, I could slip those earpods into my ears and listen to an engaging podcast while finishing my work.
When I would normally invite over a mom and her kids for a playdate, I could instead invite her to coffee at a coffeehouse at the kids’ bedtime. Let mama go out to play!
Where my grooming might have totalled three hours complete in the last four years of home educating, I could spend three hours on a makeover, then glamour photo shoot. Let mama play dress-up too!
After I have spent all day with the wee ones and it’s time for bed, let daddy tickle and read and sing them sweetly to sleep. And let mama wind down with her journal!
There is a time for everything under the sun, like when mama goes out to play.
Photo compliments of Aria Arts & Photography