Playing with your kidsq

United States
May 23, 2012 1:02pm CST
How often do you "play" with your kids. I have a 4 2 and 1 yr old. I am a stay at home mom and I don't find myself playing with my kids alot. We go out side and ill push them on the swing then let them play while I watch,and I am wondering if I should be feeling like a crappy parent because I do..
6 responses
@kemak28 (738)
• United States
11 Sep 12
I feel the same way a lot of the time. Being a stay at home mom you have so many other duties to do like cleaning, laundry, cooking, etc. I just try to involve the little one in whatever I am doing and she seems to be having fun even if it is cleaning that I am doing.
@jadoixa (1171)
• Philippines
4 Aug 12
as a stay at home mom, we have a lot of things to do, i have a 4-year-old child and i have been doing everything for her since she was an infant all by myself..sometimes i get tired already that i don't have enough time and energy to be playing with her.
• United States
23 May 12
i dnt feel like u should consider yourself a crappy parent because u watch your kids while they play among themselves...i find myself at the park with my daughter just sitting back and relaxing while she is out there playing with the other kids....I get out from time to time and play with her but i'm quickly reminded i'm not as young as i used to be...which also make me want to start back wking out so that i will have the energy to get out ther and play with her as long as she wants.. but dont feel like a bad parent cause you're not out there running around with them there are alot of parents that arent running around with their kids..
@marianne87 (3526)
23 May 12
As long as they are having fun, you don't need to join in. My kids are 6, 5, and 20 months, and they only ever invite me to play if they need help. For example, to get past a difficult part on a Playstation game, or dress their Barbies, or build a big wooden railway for their trains. Other than that, they just play together and I get my housework done.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
23 May 12
I am a stay at home also, and there are days I am so tired that I feel the same way. You are not a bad mom because of it. I make sure that 1 day a week we have family day. It is the quality time you spend that matters.
@cher913 (25889)
• Canada
23 May 12
i think you are busier when you are a stay at home mom and have small kids. i found i was the same way when i was a stay at home like you. sometimes, you just don't have the time nor the energy to play with them. don't feel like a crappy parent. i think lots of stay at home moms feel the same way you do.