Its Normal To Feel Bored When Playing With Your Children
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Its Normal to Feel Bored When Playing With Your Children

You know you love your kids, we know you love your kids, all of your friends know you love your kids, so why is the guilt so intense when you don't feel like playing with them? Have you ever had a really good "play session" and think to yourself "that hour went by so fast, why can't all play sessions be like that one?" More often than not I find myself staring at the clock waiting for the forty-five minutes I promised to play with my daughter to be over.

It sounds terrible, I know, but I'm not the only one who feels this way. Perhaps it is selfish human nature and we would rather be doing what we want to do, perhaps it is stress because we know there is a list a mile long of things we should be doing, or perhaps its because we are "grown ups" and toddler games just aren't enjoyable for us anymore. Granted, it is wonderful to watch her enjoy them and I can entertain myself with that for a while, but children, especially toddlers, have a tendency to want to play the same games over and over and over and well...the joy just wears off eventually.

I think playing with my daughter is very important and am determined to find ways to enjoy it. She is three now and I have found some board games that are not as mind numbing for me that she also enjoys, she is in to arts and crafts and I could do that all day, we spend a lot of time outside, and (I'm not sure how healthy it is but) we shop for new toys on a fairly regular basis, mostly because mommy needs some new entertainment! We resell or donate toys as often as we buy them because mommy also doesn't like clutter.

A large part of the reason I created Preschool Learning Toys is because I know other parents feel like I do, I know we buy new books and games and toys because we actually want to play with them with our children and that is a good feeling. In a few short years she will be capable of playing games I find entertaining too, monopoly, dance dance revolution, cards, real hide and seek, but I don't want her to lost the desire to play those things with me because I couldn't handle playing her games when she needed me to.

So for now I will spend a little more on toys than I should, teach her to donate and give back, and enjoy her and her games as much as I can in hopes that our relationship will be strengthened and preserved. I want to offer a resource for parents not only to give their children the best and most educational toys, but also to improve relationships and maintain some parental sanity!

I hope you find something helpful here as well as some shared grief and frustration. We are not alone and we are not bad people, we are just adults trying to have fun playing pretend for hours on end and struggling with it. When put in that perspective is sounds pretty normal right?


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