As a teacher, I get to play stay-at-home-dad during the summer. I absolutely love this about my job and I relish the full days I get to spend with my kids not having to worry about school.
The other day, as I finished cleaning up lunch messes and putting kids down for naps, I couldn’t help but pat myself on the back for my productive morning: I washed and folded the laundry, straightened up the bedrooms, cleaned the bathrooms, and even dealt with a diaper explosion that involved a bath and steam-cleaning the carpet at the scene of the crime.
After getting all three down for a nap, I realized that I hadn’t really spent any quality time with them. I saw them plenty, but it was usually walking past them to get to a to-do list item while they played together.
What is the right balance?
Household duties need to get done, but I also have the gift of being able to be with my children during the day. I had to remind myself of this: Playtime is Productive. It’s shaping and growing the wonderful kids that we have been blessed with.
So when those little blessings woke up, I spent the afternoon prioritizing a different kind of productivity.
Whether you stay at home or go to a traditional job, there are plenty of opportunities to just be with your kids if you make playtime a priority. I encourage you today to see those moments as productive.