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    Default 5 year old son can't (or won't) entertain humsekf

    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.

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    Oops op can you please change it to "Himself" lol

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    No advice really, but my DS is exactly the same, never goes outside without someone with him. Even if he is doing something on his own, like drawing, he needs to be in the same room as me.
    He will sometimes play with his 3yo sister, but she probably plays on her own better than he does. He doesn't even like to watch TV anymore. Kind of looking forward to him starting school!

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    DS was the same. I say was because he is getting somewhat better since he started school. He can play with his Lego and watch movies by himself now. He still wants to be around us, and tells us he loves us a lots, even when we say we can't come and play. He's a definitely a very affectionate little monkey.

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    The only way he plays on his own is if he's in the same room as me too. I'd like him to play outside by himself at times. The weather is nice here now. There's plenty to do outside. The backyard is fenced off too. We sometimes go across the road as there's a creek there which the kids look for tadpoles or whatever. Of course I go with them. My son and I were there before for 40 minutes then I suggested we go home and have morning tea then he can go out the back while I clean up (before baby wakes) but he wanted me out there with him. I stayed there for about 10 minutes and then said I have to clean up and do a few things before the baby wakes. He just followed me in and wanted to watch TV. I don't like him (or any of my kids) watching TV all day. He's now playing KerPlunk by himself and I'm about to hang some washing out then baby will wake up soon.

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    My 6 year old dd is the same. 3 year old ds2 does it too, but not as bad as dd. I just keep reassuring them that it's ok to play alone and it's ok to entertain yourself.

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