How to Get Homeschool Mama to Play

Homeschool mama at play: we all know we don’t do it enough.

When there comes a time in motherhood where the outing to the grocery store has become down time that is our sign we need a little more time to play.

homeschool mama at play
Photo compliments of Aria Arts & Photography

Charlotte Mason said it best, “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.”

It dawned on me one afternoon as we read on the sofa, I am usually the one reading to the kids. This specific day we were reading an abridged version of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. The kiddos were painting their masterpieces while I read. Why don’t we take turns reading, I asked myself? Each of them could take a turn reading and I could draw too.

Let mama play too.

We usually began studies at a sharp 8 am. I could, instead, have a warm up to the day by pouring myself a cup of hot coffee and sit to read for a few inspiration words first.

Let mama start the day in play.

When I would sit for a half hour to record each child’s daily activities, I could slip earpods in and listen to an engaging podcast while finishing my work.

When I would normally invite a mom and her kids for a playdate, I could instead invite her to coffee at a coffeehouse at the kids’ bedtime without the kids.

Let mama go out to play.

Where my grooming consisted of a quick swish of the toothbrush and splash of water on my face each morning, I could also hire a babysitter, go to a salon for a makeup application, haircut and colour and book a glamour photo shoot with my photographer friend.

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 those kids sweetly to sleep.

And let mama wind down by herself. There is a time for everything under the sun, like when mama goes out to play.

Teresa Wiedrick, author of Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Nurturing the Nurturer

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Homeschool Mama Self-Care: nurturing the nurturer