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Old 05-23-2010, 08:03 PM   #1
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Sorry if this has been asked recently. I was just wondering how often you all play with your children?

I have a 4 year old and a 9 month old. I play with them as much as I can in between cleaning and making meals. But I don't know if its enough, my 4 year old is ALWAYS I mean always asking me to play. From the moment we wake up to the moment she goes to bed, shes always asking me "mama wanna play?" She has to ask me that a million times a day. Half the time I tell her "not right now" or "in a few minutes, mommy is busy right now" she always seems to ask me when I'm busy doing something. I'm also one of those people that like to finish what I start. If I'm half way threw dishes I'm not going to stop them and play. She does need to learn to be patient correct? She has little patience.

Now, when I play with my kids I try to interact with both of them, DD (4 year old) isn't really jealous of her 9 month old brother but it seems like I can't even play with him for 2 minutes because she goes "mama wanna play with me" then I start to feel guilty and play with her and then I feel bad for DS. What in the world do I do?? I'm also dealing with PPD, so that doesn't help. ugh..so how often do you play with your children?

Want to add that when DD was an only child she got played with a LOT. I got my cleaning done for the day and we played outside and did lots of activities before ds was born. Maybe I should start doing that (activities) more. Shes got a great imagination and plays with her doll house and babies most days.
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i stay at home with my 13 month old, so very very often every day.
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Honestly, hardly ever. Isn't that horrid of me? He's always been wonderful at entertaining himself, so I never really even thought of it. We do lots of things together and talk CONSTANTLY, but as far as me sitting down and actually playing with him with toys or something... like never ever. It makes me feel terrible. But then I realize... we live on a college campus, in a freshman boys dorm (DH's work), and he gets TON of one on one face time/interaction with gobs of people every day. I think he likes playing with those rough and tumble boys and then he comes to me when he wants down time. And DH plays with him constantly, so it's not like he doesn't get played with by any means.
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Honestly, hardly ever. Isn't that horrid of me? He's always been wonderful at entertaining himself, so I never really even thought of it. We do lots of things together and talk CONSTANTLY, but as far as me sitting down and actually playing with him with toys or something... like never ever.
WHEW!! I felt like i was the only one for a min there.. Honestly I know I should play with them more... I too like to finish what i started and I feel like I"m always trying to finish..

I do think b/c I did encourage them playing by themselves they are very good at it..

I do read to them a lot.. but playing not much. I have to force myself to and even then I feel like I"m not good at it.. My mom never played with me either..
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I do read to them a lot.. but playing not much. I have to force myself to and even then I feel like I"m not good at it.. My mom never played with me either..
That's me exactly. I WANT to play with my kids, but I'm not good at it either. My parents didn't exactly play with me much either. I feel so guilty all the time and I think my 20 month old DS is not getting enough attention. DD goes to preschool 5 days a week for 3.5 hours and instead of focusing my time on him, I use it to clean or run errands since it's easier to do with 1 than with 2. DS likes to play by himself but he loves it when I read to him.
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That's me exactly. I WANT to play with my kids, but I'm not good at it either. My parents didn't exactly play with me much either. I feel so guilty all the time and I think my 20 month old DS is not getting enough attention. DD goes to preschool 5 days a week for 3.5 hours and instead of focusing my time on him, I use it to clean or run errands since it's easier to do with 1 than with 2. DS likes to play by himself but he loves it when I read to him.
you and i sound a lot a like.. when I do sit down to play with them I end up doing my own thing.. Ie playdough or coloring my own pic..

I don't think you should feel guilty though do the best you can with what you have.. that's why we were each made differently! My oldest is SO creative and I'm so proud of her for it.. I don't know if she ever wants me to play with her she doesn't usually ask..
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All day long! I try to be only on the computer when they are in bed and if I have to jump on real quick when they are awake they are in here with me and I am singing songs or counting with them ect. We are playing some kind of game no matter what I do I will only have so much time with them young so I am trying to make the most of it I completely understand the frustration though and I was worried I was dealing with PPD a while back but stayed off the computer and let a few things go ( housework that could wait, ect) so I could spend more time with the girls and honestly think that helped! Hope that you and your daughter can meet in the middle here soon!
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I'm a SAHM as well. It just seems like no matter how much I play with her she still wants more. It sounds mean but I can't play with her all day long. I just can't. We will play and after we get done she will ask me to play again not even 10 minutes later.

I'm at a loss.
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I'm a SAHM as well. It just seems like no matter how much I play with her she still wants more. It sounds mean but I can't play with her all day long. I just can't. We will play and after we get done she will ask me to play again not even 10 minutes later.

I'm at a loss.
That's my miranda!

I refuse to play all day long. I have stuff to do! I can't play all day long, but I do try to fit in a little here and a little there.. I think you have to look at what playing really is, I don't think it needs to be sit down playtime/board games/ etc, I think just including them in things you are doing sometimes is good as well. Atleast it better be, because that's alot of the "playtime" we have anymore. lol I don't have the energy she has. lol
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I try to include her in with everything I do..she likes to help with laundry and cooking sometimes, but shes very spirited and when shes in a bad mood there isnt anything to help with that lol.
Ugh its just so hard.
Also that fact that she won't even allow me to spend any 1 on 1 with ds is annoying. When she was 9 months old she was already talking a ton, walking, using her shape sorter and everything. I spent so much time with her and she learned so many things so fast. I know every child is different but I just feel like DS isn't getting enough from me most days because I ALWAYS feel guilty if I don't spend that extra second with her.

With my PPD I'm mostly anxious and have a lot of guilt. I'm seeing a therapist every week and she says that I'm way to hard on myself. I blame a lot of things on myself and feel guilty about things I shouldn't. I'm sure if I didn't have PPD I wouldn't be bothered by this. But. I am.
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