I have four children. Two girls ages
10 and 7 who are both in school and two sons who are 5 years and 6 months. The 5 year old is in daycare 2 days a week. When he's home he constantly wants me or someone to play with or entertain him. He refused to play on his own. Don't get me wrong I enjoy spending time with my son. With all my kids, but there are times I'd like him to do things without me. Like he wants to play outside and I think "good, the baby will have a nap and he can play outside for a bit while I do housework or even just get a break for an hour" but no. I go outside with him. The kids have a new tree swing which they love and I stay out there with him for say half an hour then if the baby cries or phone rings or I need to go back inside for a bit he follows me. I feel bad if I tell him to play on his own at times. He does it when he's inside too. He shares a room with his brother but because the baby takes naps in the day I put him ( the baby) in my room to sleep so that he can play with his toys. He often brings his toys out in the lounge anyway which is fine. He just constantly needs someone around. As I said it's ok at times but when I hand things to do and I just want some "me time" it can get frustrating. The girls are ok playing or doing things on their own. I just remember when I was a kid my parents never played with me. I had my sister who was close in age though but even if she wasn't around I could think of many things to do. My children have a lot of toys and games and things for indoors and outdoors.