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    Thank you so much, great advice and that's very comforting to hear

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    Yep, I totally get it. I have a 9yo and having to switch between parent and "friend/sibling" is hard work. Never thought I'd be riding a bike at 30, or swinging off a rope swing into a river at 30- but here you go.

    I have no words of wisdom- just complete understanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimplyMum View Post
    Yep, I totally get it. I have a 9yo and having to switch between parent and "friend/sibling" is hard work. Never thought I'd be riding a bike at 30, or swinging off a rope swing into a river at 30- but here you go.

    I have no words of wisdom- just complete understanding.
    There's lots of surprises isn't there! You have to be a lot of things in one...it's gonna take some getting used to! We are so blessed to have such close connections to our little ones, but it's definitely tricky sometimes finding the right balance. As it is for every parent I guess, one child or five! Thanks so much for posting

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    Sorry if its been asked, but how old is your LO?

    I totally get what you mean being a 'one man band'!

    I have a 5 year old little girl who is too smart for her own good & STILL wants me to play with her 24/7. It takes time to find activities that they like, that keep them amused for longer then 5 seconds, that dont cause melt downs because they're beyond their capibilities.

    Things DD liked;
    *Water paint books
    *A cup of water & a paint brush to 'paint' the porch
    *hi-5, dora (really any kids) dvd
    *Gardening (kids shovel to dig in the dirt & a watering can)
    *sprinkler (or just water dripping from the tap with beach toys)
    *ballons
    *bubbles
    *arts & crafts

    Thankfully she's at an age where she's learning to 'pack away' so I can stall her with this between activities ("you need to pack this up first before we get that out" buys me an extra 5 minutes)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BerryDelicious View Post
    Sorry if its been asked, but how old is your LO?

    I totally get what you mean being a 'one man band'!

    I have a 5 year old little girl who is too smart for her own good & STILL wants me to play with her 24/7. It takes time to find activities that they like, that keep them amused for longer then 5 seconds, that dont cause melt downs because they're beyond their capibilities.

    Things DD liked;
    *Water paint books
    *A cup of water & a paint brush to 'paint' the porch
    *hi-5, dora (really any kids) dvd
    *Gardening (kids shovel to dig in the dirt & a watering can)
    *sprinkler (or just water dripping from the tap with beach toys)
    *ballons
    *bubbles
    *arts & crafts

    Thankfully she's at an age where she's learning to 'pack away' so I can stall her with this between activities ("you need to pack this up first before we get that out" buys me an extra 5 minutes)
    She's 2.5 going on 12, haha. Thanks for your suggestions from what everyone has said I think I'm doing ok, it's just very draining!


 

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