Fanning the fire midweek, we are tossing you a spontaneous quote, question, or conundrum related to Monday’s post. We invite you to riff on this prompt or share a story—heartbreaking or hilarious—to spark further conversation about the path of motherhood.

You’d think that we’d never forget to play with little ones in our midst, but it can be hard to set aside our ‘to do’ lists and rational minds. Getting into our children’s play helps us to see the world from their point of view and nurture our own inner child. Play therapy anyone?

I am most transported into the imaginative realm when I let my kids lead the play. And, sometimes I could use a little help to cross over. If you are in need of some play inspiration, check out Rhythm of the Home. Heather Fontenot and Bernadette Emerson gather together a bounty of projects and ideas to keep us engaged and amused. Haven, Afton, Elsa (our dog), and I had the most delightful afternoon sharing a tea party with a mermaid in our Simple Summertime Tent. Please share any ideas or stories from your playtime.

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