Don’t Make it all About Work and no Play

JMJ109  *When I suggest to spend time with your familyI am not talking about doing math problems together here, although it does give me satisfaction to be able to help my children understand math concepts.  Much will be forgotten in the future about the academics we have learned, but not the meaningful experiences we have shared.  

Ring the School Bell 109/180 Days


Today, after the kids were done with their independent work, we headed off to the ocean with my visiting dad.  My father loves the Pacific Ocean.  Although Lake Michigan is a only a few hours away from his home, it is not the Pacific.  They are unique in their own ways.  Sarah took an awesome photo of my dad in the distance, walking solo on the shoreline. He was contemplating life, I suppose, with waves lapping at his feet.  The funny thing is, photography hobbyist that she is, Sarah didn’t realize it was her grandfather in the photo when she took it, until she got home.  She just thought it made a nice composition.

Sarah’s photo

Santa Monica beach was a bit foggy as it often is, but the sand felt nice and warm, and we had a great time.  Sarah recreated an impressive sand-rendition of the lands of the Hobbit, including The Shire, the Lonely Mountain with Smaug the dragon in it, as well as the dark Mirkwood Forest. Quite fascinating, I thought, as I captured another image of it.

Having my dad here reminds me to slow down and put the work aside when I should.    My tendency is to work too hard.  I run around with my to-do list many days, not taking that coffee break, or playing with my kids.

A little reminder…

Share fun adventures with your family

I am not talking about doing math problems together here, although it does give me a lot of satisfaction to be able to help them understand math concepts.

Much will be forgotten in the future about the academics we have learned, but not the fun experiences we have shared.

Take time to smell the roses together, to have a tea party when they are little, to have cookies and milk together.  Don’t make it all work.

It doesn’t have to be expensive, or cost any money at all.

Sharing memorable experiences together, shows your kids that they have value.  It means a lot to kids when we choose to spend time doing something fun with them, on our own free time.

Do things together as a family, including your extended family, and also with your individual kids.

Forget about school, once in a while.  After all, the work will be there when you get back.  It always is.


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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”

Start here to get the story from the very beginning:

Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year.  Hope you will join us!

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette





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