Make that Worst Mom of the Year award….all mine. Boo! That is how I feel lately! I love my kids and I enjoy them, but I confess that I do not love to play with my children. I’ll read them books or sit down with them to supervise crafts or “preschool”. I’ll interact with them through out the day as they are playing, I’ll take them on walks or play a 2 minute game of tag. But play? Ugh. I just don’t think I’m the playing type and boy do I feel guilty about it lately!
For starters, Annika has been very play-needy lately. She has never been like this; she has always played well on her own and has seemingly always enjoyed it. For the last week, she has begged/demanded that I play with her all day long. I’ll play for maybe 10 minutes, but then I just can’t take it any longer! I move on to mommy tasks and it crushes her. One afternoon she sobbed in the living room because I wouldn’t play with her….I had a little thing called personal finances to work through. Dave happened upstairs and when she told him why she was crying, he sat and played with her for about 5 minutes. Then, thank heavens, it was her naptime.
Guilt upon guilt I have built upon myself this week as I have been facebook stalking my friends’ photo albums. (Is it stalking if they’re my friends?) One of my friends has all these pictures of her literally on her hands and knees playing silly things with her kids. Another mom showed a picture of her 5 year-old’s snowman that included vegetables for the face. No five year-old did that alone. Blah…I am the most boring and un-fun mom ever!
How do I teach myself to enjoy playing? Or do I just make myself do it and only inwardly grimace? If I homeschool my kids, can I hire someone to play with them on a daily basis?