I did lots of playing when the kids were little but once they started 3yr kindy I didn't do so much at home. We do read, play Lego, board games with the kids and we have outside time with them for a good few hours every day when we love to sit and watch them play. The oldest 2 are nearly 8 and nearly 5 and play together for hours. Their imaginations are incredible 😀
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19-02-2016 20:23 #11
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19-02-2016 20:51 #12
Yeah, not that interested. I like reading/chatting/doing other things...but not so much playing. I don't see the issue thought.... play's extremely important for kids, but a big part of that is that play is an opportunity for children to be in control of their world. That's far more do-able if adults AREN'T involved in the play.
19-02-2016 21:08 #13
I'm always reluctant but when I'm actually doing it I enjoy it. I probably get too carried away in playing barbies, and I have acted out social services taking away my DDs barbies children as she was maltreating them 😄.
I hate jumping on the trampoline and pushing them on the swings! Don't mind building blocks though.
19-02-2016 21:09 #14
I don't do playing. .well the sit on floor push cars around/play babies/play trains type playing..I'll set it up ( if kiddo can't ) but then I'm out if there...
I'll do cooking, kick a ball, read stories, let the todder "help" with housework etc but imaginative play. .nup..hate it. I reckon I'm a good mum....
19-02-2016 21:18 #15
Can't stand it!
20-02-2016 06:10 #16
I dont think I'm great at it. I try to play to my strengths, so rather than trying to be mum of the year by crafting or painting or building Legos, I instead make plans to do things that I know DD and I can both enjoy together. Eg: brunch dates at playcafes, visiting friends/family, cooking together, trips to the park.
20-02-2016 06:15 #17Senior Member
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Thanks so much for all of the replies. It helps to know I'm not the only one as I was feeling quite alone - I know many 'super Mums' who seem to enjoy it! My daughters are 4 & 1. The 4yo is in kindy 2 days per week & the 1yo in daycare 2 days. My 1yo is challenging and so clingy so I find it out to get out of the house as she won't sit in a pram which drives me bonkers. My kids do need more outside play time, but I can't enjoy that either because the 1yo won't sit still & climbs everything/eats everything & ends up hurting herself!
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20-02-2016 07:05 #18
My kids are 9 and 11 so they play a lot with each other but we play boardgames, bake, make craft. I'm not too into imaginative play but i want my kids to be able to look back and say mum did stuff with us. I can't remember my mum doing anything with us really.
20-02-2016 22:48 #19Senior Member
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Set a time limit... 10 minutes here and there to do something with your kid.
Kids need to do things on their own too.
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21-02-2016 06:41 #20
I think 1 year olds and independent play just don't go together. I agree with the pp advice in that try and sit down and play with them without interruption from your phone or the TV or housework, then *try* and leave them to it do the rest of the hour.
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