Purposeful work and play

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As I potter around the house, Ruby and Max play.

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I wash the dishes. They play with their dolls.

I fold the clothes. They unfold playsilks to make doll hammocks.

I sweep the floor. They build a house from the playstands and playsilks.

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My purposeful work allows them to deepen into their play.

It allows them to learn through imitation.

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I check my email.

Their play stops and within moments they are beside me.

How did they know!

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A sweet and simple, yet sometimes frustrating reminder.

They want me to be present.

Mindfully present.

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And so, we re-connect and continue through our day.

You can read more about purposeful work in Waldorf environments here. Or how wearing an apron helps here.

??? And follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see snippets of our days ???

Blessings mamas, Kelly

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8 Comments

  • Reply Kate August 23, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I always know that as soon as I check my emails that my children will come to me or something will happen (or go wrong) and I need to attend. Play changes when I’m not present with them too. Love this post thank you Kelly.

  • Reply Janet August 24, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Loved the post and the photos.

  • Reply Kate August 25, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I love that you paint a picture about being ‘present’ but not always actively involved in play. I love that while you do your work, your children do theirs.

  • Reply Kate August 25, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    This is such a sweet post and something that I can definitely relate to 🙂

  • Reply Renee August 26, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Very sweet. I can relate, my little Miss T is great at independent play, she’s happy to do her own thing as long as I am present and have moments of play to connect with her.

  • Reply Kate August 29, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    They always know.. Must be a vibe that travels through walls

    • Reply Kelly August 30, 2016 at 11:09 am

      hahahaha, so true!!

  • Reply Bek @ just for daisy August 30, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Love it! And yes, the same thing happens here!! haha!

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