I have a confession. I’m not one of those moms that plays with her children. Why? Well… I’m just not that good at it. Something happened between the time I was 10 and the time I had children. The imagination necessary for play seems to have evaporated from my head.
Don’t get me wrong. I do stuff with them. I color with them, draw pictures for them, play games with them, talk to them about what they are doing, etc. I just don’t normally get down on the floor and play dolls or dress up or Littlest Pet Shop or… I see a pattern emerging.
I think what has happened is that I’m not so good at playing “girl” (I hate that term) games anymore. Maybe I’m played out, or maybe that crap is just boring. I (sometimes) play cars or trains with Bud, or we’ll play cowboys and Indians/hunters/cops and robbers/good guys and monsters (you get the drift), swords, etc. None of that is stuff that I played as a kid.
Another reason it is easier to play with him is because he’ll come up to you and ask, “Momma, you wanna be my fwiend?” Not, “do you want to play with me?” but do you want to be my friend. It is kind of hard to say no to that.
One night this week he was down on the floor playing with the Citiblocs that he got for Christmas, and I decided to play with him. He was pretty excited about that until he realized that I would need some of the blocks as well. He kept coming up with ideas for things for us to build, but then didn’t want to share. Finally I created a “game.” He got to place a block anywhere he wanted, and then I got to place one anywhere I wanted. The goal was to try to keep the structure from falling down. We played several rounds of that, and then we went back to trying to make designs to see how high we could get them without them falling over.
It was fun until he started not wanting to share the blocks again.
Do you play with your children? How do you play with them?
This post is being linked up with Parenting by Dummies for Wordful Wednesday.
PS Don’t feel bad for Big Girl. I promise she gets her fair share of attention in other ways.
Citiblocs did not pay me to write this post, or even ask me too, but I really do love these blocks. They are thin pieces of very smooth wood that allow you to do a variety of things.