Intentional Playtime

Let’s be real…it’s HARD to be a stay at home mom!

One of the things that I am most grateful for is the fact that I am able to stay at home with my kids. By choice. I know a lot of mom’s choose not to or cannot and that is perfectly O.K.! We are all different. None of us are perfect; yet, we are the perfect parents for our kids. I am beyond amazed at moms who are able to work outside of the home and love on their kids– talk about balance and giving up control. Amazing. I applaud you!

I have both chosen and been given the opportunity to stay at home with my kids. I will forever be thankful for that. It did not come without sacrifice, moving across the world away from family and friends, so that we could afford it and live out the dreams we had while the kids are little. I am thankful, but sometimes it is hard.

I have always loved working, so it has taken a lot for me to choose to stay at home. But for our family at this season in life, I believe it is the best thing for us. Maybe it’s just me. But I honestly have to work really hard to get down on the floor and play dolls and ponies for longer than 5 minutes before my mind starts to wander. What else needs to be done? What do I need to do for class? The house? Work etc….? Playing does not always come naturally to me. I have to work for it. I am more of a manager. My house runs smoothly, things get done, kids get fed, we try not to be late for things, we do tons of activities, travel, etc. and I can manage the logistics amazingly! But sometimes I think that makes me a little quick to snap at the kids if things are out of place. These truths keep coming back to me:

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 

Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

One of my greatest joys in life is the honor to train my kids. It makes me reevaluate what I am doing in those times I want to snap, it makes me stay on the ground playing race cars and ponies a little bit longer because even in the play, I am training my kids how to act, react, love and respect each other. We are training them to know who Christ is and how that changes their lives in the little details of their day. So next time I am struggling to come up with princess names for each doll and I am at home all day long, I will remember what the Lord has called me to do – train these kids. What an honor and incredible responsibility!

Intentional Playtime, Stellar Day Blog

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