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Stop! In the Name of Play

DSC_0200I’ve been told I have a one-track mind. No, not like that (do you not know me at all?). As a  Type-A bionic doer, when there’s a job to be done I’m doing it from start to finish. No breaks, no finishing it later, no interruptions.

But being a parent who’s lucky enough to work from home has its challenges for the bionic Type-A types.

My kids are obviously always vying from my attention and I’m like, “Shh! I’m working! This brilliance is fleeting!” But they don’t care, they’re kids. They want mom. And really, they should get to have her.

Last week I was in the middle of an epic parenting manifesto involving boogers when I heard a small timid voice ask, “Mommy, can you play UNO with me?” Now, normally I’d be like, “Scram Kid, I’m talking boogers here!” But this time I stopped my busy fingers long enough to look into my son’s lonely eyes. What the hell did I sacrifice everything for to work from home if I couldn’t stop talking boogers and play a card game with my kid? Isn’t this what parenting is all about – precious small moments?

So I stopped in the name of play and proceeded to get my ass kicked three times in a row by my 5-year-old. Soon, he grew tired of my obvious lack of competition and told me to go back to work. OK then. But he was happy and that made me happy.

I returned to my booger filled screen with a happy heart, realizing that the little interruptions that cause me so much stress and undue frustration can become the source of precious little memories when I let them.

So parents, as hard as it can be to get anything done with kids in the house, I invite you to join me in receiving these moments with an open heart. Sometimes the best surprises are waiting.

Do you ever just stop in the name of play with your kids?

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