Seven Reasons to Play With Your Child

reasons to play with your child

We hear it time and time again…..”Mommy, plaaaay with meeee……”

I can give you seven reasons to play with your child.

But it’s hard to remember those reasons while you are washing the dishes, doing the laundry, making supper or scrubbing toilets.

It’s hard to remember seven reasons to play with your child while you are helping another child with homework or preparing to leave the house.

And it is especially hard to remember seven reasons to play with your child when you first come home, after a long day of work.

 

There is always a million other things – grown-up things – that need to get done.  The chore list never ends.  In this crazy, busy lifestyle we all have, there is little precious time to pay the bills or change the oil on the car.  So when we hear those four innocent little words, “Mommy play with me,” we cringe.

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The Need to Entertain

I have six kids.  The three oldest are in their preteen and teenage years.  The three youngest are in their preschool/toddler years.  There is a BIG difference between the oldest three and the youngest three, when it comes to entertaining themselves.

The oldest three could play by themselves.  I have two out of the youngest three that can not. What makes the difference? Did my parenting change? Does birth order make a difference?  Or is personality a factor?  Maybe it’s our world today.

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