Taking Time to Play with This Reading Mama

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 A clean house is something I’ve always prided myself on. Years ago when I taught preschool, I would take a 2-hour lunch break once a week just to come home and clean my house. Yes, seriously.

 Fast forward 7 and a half years and 4 kids later. While I still love it when my house is clean, I’ve learned a few things about messes. Sometimes it’s okay to say “yes” to the mess! My oldest son (currently 7 years old) is a builder. If you have a builder in your home, you know that his medium for play equals thousands of small manipulatives all over your house. LEGOS. Blocks. Lincoln Logs. Hexbug tracks. GeoTrax. Gears. If you can build with it, we’ve got it.

 Not too long ago, he approached me with a messy idea. “Mom, can I build a bridge out of DUPLO blocks along the kitchen sink?” What?!?- this was the actual thought that went through my head. But I took the time to watch him play…and I was simply amazed.

I put down a few towels and he began construction.
I took photos as he worked. With each step, he explained to me the ins and outs of his bridge. And to think, I would have missed out on this if I had not taken the time to simply play. Life is not about how clean my house is. That would make life about me. And as much as I don’t like to admit it, life is certainly not all about me. 
 While I don’t always say “yes” to every mess (there has to be a balance), I’m learning to pick my “no’s” carefully. :) I try to ask myself- Am I saying “no” for selfish reasons and making life all about me? If I am, I miss out on the blessing of taking time to play.

Becky Spence is a homeschooling mama to four little blessings. She is passionate about teaching, specifically literacy. She is the author of This Reading Mama, where she shares reading and writing activities as well as free literacy curricula and printables. You can connect with her on Facebook;, Twitter;, Pinterest;, and Google +.


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  1. says

    I often think about the blocks, the beans, the cars, and such that are littering our floor as well. After a moment or two of stress, I think about all of the creativity and imaginative play that happens with them all and I smile. I just love this idea of building a bridge above the sink…my son would enjoy this!

  2. says

    I have no problem with a productive mess. I’m always intrigued to see what they’ll come up with – case in point being your son’s creativity.

    I could live without the trail of mess that seems to follow each child around, though. :)

  3. says

    That’s how a Bailey Bridge must first have been conceived: wonder what this wonderful creation will lead this young man to produce in future! Fantastic post and wonderful to see. It’s the sort of thing home-schoolers like all of you might well be have the privilege of being witnesses: think of all those who don’t take the plunge and do this! What they are missing!

    From an oldie, who found out about home-schooling almost too late, but just in time!

    Isobel: http://www.ColdhamCuddliescalling.blogspot.com

  4. says

    I get frustrated all too often at how messy my house can get. Sit down for five minutes and it’s time to sweep again, or the living room floor is covered in 20 toys! However, I know they are happy, healthy, and It’s clean most of the time

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