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    I unfortunately have to use my phone for work ( trade off of not having to go into office all day) so I am on it returning emails/calls a lot but i do turn it off at meal times and if it's just DS and I at the park as I do think he deserves all my attention at those times
    if he is playing with friends and I'm with other mums I sometimes check emails or take calls if I have to but shop/bubhub like I am
    Now when he is asleep , in the afternoon or at night

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    Oh blah. Kids are blardy boring. Mums who follow their kids around like the loser with no friends tagging on with the cool kids are just as bad, imo.
    Mothers have NEVER been present for their kids the whole time they're awake. Back in the day, mums were busy running a household and didn't have time for endless doting.
    I respond to my kids when they need me, and give them plenty of quality time. But the majority of the time they don't need or want my company, so I'm not going to sit around like an inactivated robot waiting for my next command.
    Lol completely agree.

    I am very lucky to be a stay at home mummy but I pull out my phone to bubhub etc so that I can actually use my brain to read and think about something that will keep my brain slightly engaged in an adult level so I don't go insane with boredom. I watch and interact with DD at the park etc but that doesn't mean I need to be giving her my undivided attention for the while time we are there. If there are other children around for her to play with then I would prefer to encourage her to play with them anyway. At the moment it's 37degrees in melbourne so we are chilling at home DD is watching a movie whist I bubhub. Does that make me a bad mother? No it means I know when we both need down time. Technology is the way of the works and I don't see a point in fighting against it. Like others I pay my bills, shop and other jobs etc from the Internet and that gives me a lot more free time than my mother ever had for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SassyMummy View Post
    Different stuff works for different families. You're not a jerk mum just because you find playing on equipment mundane, annoying, etc.
    I do find it sad that people find their kids playing etc... to be so annoying and mundane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    I do find it sad that people find their kids playing etc... to be so annoying and mundane.
    Why, though? I find many of DP's pursuits completely snore worthy. Cricket? KILL ME. It doesn't mean I love him any less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    Why, though? I find many of DP's pursuits completely snore worthy. Cricket? KILL ME. It doesn't mean I love him any less.
    DH has pursuits I don't love, but I make an effort with them and vice versa, just like I do with my kids. I think a lack of interest isn't worthy of not being involved with what they are doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    DH has pursuits I don't love, but I make an effort with them and vice versa, just like I do with my kids. I think a lack of interest isn't worthy of not being involved with what they are doing.
    Meh. I do the stuff that I enjoy with enthusiasm. I will always involve the kids in cooking and baking and do drawing, painting etc.

    But getting down a pretending to be a train on a track? No thanks. I will do it for a minute and then get back up. I love kids but have no interest in pretending to be a dinosaur.

    Same with DP. I will go out and socialise with her friends etc but I won't go and see one of the boring sci fi/fantasy movies with her, she does it herself. Just as she won't come to ikea with me just to look, but she still comes to dinner with my family even if she doesn't want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow road View Post
    Meh. I do the stuff that I enjoy with enthusiasm. I will always involve the kids in cooking and baking and do drawing, painting etc.

    But getting down a pretending to be a train on a track? No thanks. I will do it for a minute and then get back up. I love kids but have no interest in pretending to be a dinosaur.

    Same with DP. I will go out and socialise with her friends etc but I won't go and see one of the boring sci fi/fantasy movies with her, she does it herself. Just as she won't come to ikea with me just to look, but she still comes to dinner with my family even if she doesn't want to.
    But if she asked you to? Within reason I would do what they want to do together.

    My kids play almost entirely independent of me, but I don't find what they are doing mundane and annoying, even if it's something I'm not interested in, that they are doing it is the pull.

    Does that make sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow road View Post
    Meh. I do the stuff that I enjoy with enthusiasm. I will always involve the kids in cooking and baking and do drawing, painting etc.

    But getting down a pretending to be a train on a track? No thanks. I will do it for a minute and then get back up. I love kids but have no interest in pretending to be a dinosaur.

    Same with DP. I will go out and socialise with her friends etc but I won't go and see one of the boring sci fi/fantasy movies with her, she does it herself. Just as she won't come to ikea with me just to look, but she still comes to dinner with my family even if she doesn't want to.
    I agree. It comes down to context and degree. There are heaps of things my kids do that don't really interest me but I'm very happy to fake it. BUt I draw the line at playing barbies. When one of the kids asks me to play barbies I say "no that's why I gave you siblings "

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    But if she asked you to? Within reason I would do what they want to do together.

    My kids play almost entirely independent of me, but I don't find what they are doing mundane and annoying, even if it's something I'm not interested in, that they are doing it is the pull.

    Does that make sense?
    I might, but i would probably whinge about it, just as she would.

    It does make sense, I guess I may feel differently when it's my child doing the playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    DH has pursuits I don't love, but I make an effort with them and vice versa, just like I do with my kids. I think a lack of interest isn't worthy of not being involved with what they are doing.
    I don't. Some things yes but he's got so many interests that don't interest me and vice versa. We enjoy being able to pursue different interests alone.


 

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