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    I can't imagine this because both of my boys have been so attached and always asking me to play so I always suggest/encourage independent play.

    They both have periods of playing alone but prefer it so much more if I or someone else joins in.

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    Enjoy it! My DD was always much the same but is going through a rather clingy phase atm. As long as she knows you're there for her, that's all she needs

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    Thanks so much for your reassurance! She helped me bake some cookies recently which was fun so I might try to encourage more of those types of activities so she knows that I do like spending time with her. Thanks again!

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    Is it important for a parent to play with their toddler?
    In my opinion, no.
    It can be fun/educational for both, but I don't think it is important. If I don't have the time or energy to play with my kids every day I don't feel bad about it. I could say more but this article says it better than I could:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bunmi-...b_5062838.html

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    http://www.regardingbaby.org/2011/11/02/what-is-play/


    This article may put your mind at ease.

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    I believe it is important in the sense that responding to your child is important. So if they are asking and you constantly say no, then that is going to have an impact on that child.

    My DS generally plays on his own. Sometimes he, with a lot of ceremony, says 'dis way please' and I have to go into his room with him. He then won't let me touch any of his toys and sometimes even tells me I have to move off the mattress because I'm in the way :-/ He likes to know I'm around and talks to me non stop but he's generally happy to play on his own. Your DD sounds happy and adjusted to me :-)

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    I'm with all the others. No, I don't think it's important.

    Interacting with/responding to your toddler? Sure...important so that they know they're valued, and clearly important for language development etc.
    Important that you sit down and play with them if they're happy to play by themselves? Nope.
    Play is most beneficial when adults aren't involved anyway (opportunities to practice, make mistakes, get frustrated, solve problems etc. without someone telling you what to do or how to do it).

    If your daughter's happy to play by herself, I'd say enjoy it and find opportunities to connect over things that you want to do together; reading, baking, craft, wrestling, chasing...whatever you like!
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