We have a lot of school to get to today, and Joy’s ballet lessons start this afternoon, plus it’s Carl’s birthday so I need to make a special supper (OK, not that special – he requested slow cooker chicken tortilla soup) and apple cheddar scones before six. So I really should be at the table doing math with the kids right now.

On the other hand, they are packing up their tent in the bedroom because they are nomads getting ready to move on to their next place, along with their dolls and a bunch of play food. How on earth can I interrupt that to make them come sit at the table and work out math problems?

Let them play. There’s time enough.