What are you doing while your children are playing?

United States
June 10, 2008 11:09am CST
When I was a little kid (maybe four or five years old), my mom would let me and my brothers play in the front yard, unsupervised, while she lay on the couch inside and read a book. Looking back on it now, that seems kind of odd. Even back then, the world was a dangerous place for kids. I could never do anything like that. I'm a super protective and watchful mom and want to know where my child is at all times. She's way too young to have the kind of independance and freedom of movement that an older child or teen might enjoy. Most times, while I'm cooking in the kitchen, my daughter will go to the livingroom and hang out with her dolls. She plays at the edge of the couch and pretends her stuffed beanies are talking to each other. Other times, we play together. And, sometimes when I'm on the computer, she plays in the same room. And, then there are times, when she's using my computer to watch her DVDs, that I'll hang out in the room and watch the shows with her. What are you doing, while your child is playing? Are you hanging out in the same room? Do they play alone in their own room?
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@kezabelle (2985)
10 Jun 08
If my children are playing indoors (they are 4 and 2) then im either in here with them or somewhere in the house doing jobs. If they are outside playing im either out there with them sometimes playing or ust relaxing with a book but always there watching maybe doing some gardening, or if its time to cook dinner I will be in the kitchen doing the dinner as I can see them from the kitchen window and leave the back door open so I can hear them. Our whole garden is enclosed and two locked gates so they are very safe (as they can be anyway in this day and age) I prefer not to sit indoors and leave them alone as I worry always that someone will get int he garden no matter how safe it is
• United States
11 Jun 08
You're a good mom!
@sharay (2776)
• India
10 Jun 08
Oh..i can never be careless when it comes to my daughter, she does play outside home with a neighbour child, but i make sure i hear her voice in the distant and once i lose track of her, i go there and make sure she is fine and ask her to be inside the gate and if it all she goes outside, i will not let her play anymore. she is just around 3, she knows her limits and since she does not want to be inside the house, she tends to be careful too
• United States
11 Jun 08
You are a very smart person to keep such a watchful eye on your child. A parent can never be too careful!
@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
10 Jun 08
Whenever I have to do some chores, I make sure that my son plays somewhere near me. Where I can keep an eye on him. He likes to make a "little bridge" on our sofa and no matter how careful he is, he does slip sometimes. So, I never leave him to play on his own, unsupervised. Accidents happen all the time, especially in the least unlikely place. So, I plan my chores with his playtime activities. When I need to be outside tending the garden, he comes with me, too. The work is much slower because I always need to see what he's doing and that interrupts my work. But his safety comes first before anything else.
• United States
10 Jun 08
You're a good mom! I like to keep a watchful eye on my little one too. She was very accident prone when she was learning to walk. I've had to learn to keep everything (paper, toys, etc.) off the stone tile floors, because they're a real slip hazard for her and me.
• Philippines
10 Jun 08
When my baby is playing inside his playpen, I blog :)