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    Default How much time do you play WITH your LO

    DS is at an age where he can play a lot on his own (cars, play doh, trains...etc) but I try to play WITH him as I assume it benefits his imagination and relationship with me.
    But I'm wondering how much time?? I also like to do my own things while he plays and I have a baby.

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    Depends on the day really, I don't time it I just flow with the go and I don't tend to lead imaginative play I extend on it and provide them with resources for that. I sure don't play with them when they are happy playing themselves though.

    I don't know how long really sometimes I sit with them 3-4 times sometimes more sometimes less. I think you can tell how often they need you by how they play.

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    Depends how much he wants me too really. I normally potter around the kitchen opposite his playroom and he comes up to me with books or toys if he wants me to play. Most of the time he's happy driving one of his vehicles around.

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    I struggle with "play".
    I have the imagination of a paper bag and find it all very mundane and painful.
    I really have to make an effort. Some
    days I don't play with them at all, because I just don't have time!
    The 3 of them play together so well most days which lets me off the hook! lol.

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    I have three kids all close in age and they play together all the time. They don't want me playing their games very much so when they are playing with trains,cars, pony's etc. I don't play but I do make sure we do one kind of activity together each day...that can be going outside with them, going on a bike ride with them, drawing or baking with them etc.

    Imaginative play bores the crap out of me and I struggle to do it for more than 5 or 10 minutes at a time but I make up for it with the fun things I am great at!

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    God I'm so glad I'm not the only one who finds it painful! I try to stick to things like building lego or other constructive toys, books, puzzles ect.

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    Thanks all, I seem to think like you all then.
    What about teaching letters and numbers to an almost 3 year old? He doesn't seem that interested yet.
    He can say them, just not recognize them all.

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    I am hopeless as well, but I try to make up for it by taking my kids to the park, or other outings. I find playing at home boring, and I find now that at around the age of 3/4 that my daughter needed more stimulation than I could give. She enjoys the company of other children her age now, over my company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I am hopeless as well, but I try to make up for it by taking my kids to the park, or other outings. I find playing at home boring, and I find now that at around the age of 3/4 that my daughter needed more stimulation than I could give. She enjoys the company of other children her age now, over my company.
    I can't wait for that stage! My ds is clingy and wont even stay at day care anymore. Next year I'll be returning to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singa06 View Post
    Thanks all, I seem to think like you all then.
    What about teaching letters and numbers to an almost 3 year old? He doesn't seem that interested yet
    My girls by my son's age (2.8 months) knew all their colours, animal sounds, could sing the alphabet (but certainly not recognise letters...my almost 5 year old can write her first name but can't name all the letters in her name and she only has 4 letters) and could count to at least 10. My son couldn't care less. I don't sit down and teach them 'lesson style' but just do things like count stairs when we're going up and down them, he loves cars so we go for walks and talk about the colours of the parked cars in the streets, when they're older I ask them to tell me what numbers are on a letter box and now with my 6 year old I get her to tell me what the number us (eg. for my nearly 5 year old she will look at a letter box that says 123 and will tell me it's a number 1, a number 2 and a number 3 and then my 6 year old will tell me it's number one hundred and twenty three). I'm not even going to work on letters until my son has colours sorted and can count to ten on his own. He only just recently managed to pick up animal sounds and my girls knew all of them by the time they were 18 months. He is slower in the academic development but more advanced in his motor skills than my girls were at his age.


 

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