playing with my kids does not come naturally to me.
I said it.
There is a reason for this. I am a bit ADHD in nature, and sitting down on the floor to play, while I see chores that need to be done around me, has always been VERY hard for me. I last maybe a few minutes before I get up to quickly do something else that needs to be done. Matt is much better about just sitting with the kids and playing with them. I think this is why I always take them to do things outside of the house. If I am outside of the house and not surrounded by my "to dos", then it is much easier for me to actively engage my kids.
Anyhow, Matt encouraged me to spend at least 20 minutes a day doing something fun with the kids. Who cares what else needs to be done, it can wait... my kids are only this age for such a short time. I know this in my head, I tell it to myself all the time, but it is SO hard for me to sit and play. Does that make me a bad mom? I feel like it does.... but in my defense it's not like I ignore my kids, I am constantly caring for them, talking to them, and helping them do things, I just have a hard time sitting down for any length of time. Going on walks, riding bikes, playing outside, going to the park, running errands, taking them on little field trips... these things come quite naturally for me.... sitting down and just playing, does not.
So, all that to say that I've been making an effort to just "let go" of my to do list for 20 minutes at a time and enjoy my kiddos. I'm trying harder to play with them instead of letting them play around me.
Th other day we got out the play dough the other day, which doesn't last long in our house. Alayna plays with it for maybe five minutes before she just decides to eat it :) I think this play dough session lasted about 15 minutes, which is good for my kids.
And the eating of the play dough begins...
Maybe I'll just make some edible play dough next time, then it won't matter.
Mr. Cheesy smile
Alayna was so proud of herself sitting on the bar stool.