Mom Confessions: I Don't Want to Play


mom confessionsIt's time for a Mom Confession -- because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

This Week's Confession:

I hate to play. I have no problem sitting and talking to my son while he is playing. But I can't stand getting down on the floor and rolling trucks and trains around making noises. I'm sure it will be the same when my daughter is old enough to play dolls and have tea parties. I love spending time with my kids, but playing is not fun for me. -- anonymous



Should mothers have to enjoy playing everything with their kids?

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What activity does your toddler repeatedly ask you to play with her that you absolutely dread? Do you make up excuses to play a different game or do you suck it up?

We all have secrets and opinions -- so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgemental!


Past Confessions:

I Sleep While My Kid Is Up

My Kid Watches TV Up Close

I Let My Toddler Play Outside Alone

I Turn My Kids Over to A Mom I Just Met

My Toddler Wears Crude T-Shirts

I Let My Toddlers Climb Play Equipment Unassisted

My Kids Go to Sleep After Midnight

I Let My Toddlers Go Naked in Public

I Throw Away My Kid's Artwork

I Paid $22 for My Son's Haircut

My Toddlers Eat Pizza for Breakfast

I'm Dying My Toddler's Hair

I Leave My Toddler Alone in the Bath

Our Children Aren't Invited to Our Wedding

I Scold Other People's Kids

I'm on Vacation, But My Kid Is Still Going to Day Care

I Favor My Older Child

I Let My Toddler Eat Food Before Paying for It

I Find Excuses to Send My Kids to Bed Early



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daisy... daisy7870

I feel the same way!! Although I love my son to death, it just bores me when he wants me to play with him. It usually ends up after a few minutes he is in a different room and then will get mad if I want to stop playing and do some chores.

Lelan... LelandsMommy

I picked "other" because I certainly think it's normal to find our kids games boring and not want to play with them. I also think that you shouldn't have to play with them anytime they request so... I think it' okay to say, some of the time that, "mommy doesn't want to play right now." I also think it's important that we DO play with them sometimes, and pretend to enjoy it even if we don't.

ethan... ethans_momma06

I think that on occasion it is a parental responsability to engage in something that we would consider 'less then fun' for the enjoyment of our children. After all, children learn by example and you certainly want them to indulge you when YOU are doing something 'Less then Fun' like visiting with company, grocery shopping etc.

Nobdoy is saying that you have to do it for hours, but once in awhile would do wonders for your child.

jchris jchris

That's exactly how i feel!! I have 3 boys and all they want to play is, cars,men, or ball. When we're at the park, ill play, but at home, its the most boring thing. I talk to my kids, i read to them, i teach them things.<but the playing is the part i don't like. I do it, but i try to find things i can tolerate, like coloring. The other annoying thing is when they play with me they want to play THEIR way. " No mommy, the man has to RUN", "or "No mommy, don't play like THAT". Ugh! Its SO annoying! lol

mom2cmb mom2cmb

I agree with most things that I don't really enjoy playing, but I've recently discovered that sitting on the ground and playing with Play-Doh with my daughter can be really almost therapeutic.

apexm... apexmommy

I do enjoy playing.  Sometimes, I don't like the game, but we play anyway.  As an adult, sometimes I do lots of things that I don't enjoy, but I consider playing with my daughter a good investment of my time.  Perhaps that's why I like it.

athenax3 athenax3

I enjoy some things more than others, but I try really hard to be as engaging as possible - and if I just can't muster it, I make one of the other kids play with her for a

kitte... kitten_shuga

When my son was a baby I spent time on the floor with him and we played and talked and cooed at each other, but honestly, if he was happy on the floor alone, I was NOT going to intervene! It was a rare moment when my son was happy to play alone, between nursing and changing and bathing and feeding I felt like I never had a second to myself. As he started to get older I noticed he was very independent, in fact, by the time he was 4 I had a sit down with his doctor because he would play alone in his room for hours at a time, completely content! I am thankful that I was not a helicopter mommy and my son learned to play alone. It's been a real blessing while putting myself through college. With the new baby I am hoping for the same thing!

evyth... evythecute

i see i this way i may not always like to play the games my DD does (but sometimes its fun and cute) but there is a lot of stuff in sure she doesn't like to do but has to anyways (like going to the grocery store with me) and does it like a trooper (well most of the time anyways). its only fair i return the favor.

Pollymom Pollymom

I picked other because I do think that sometimes we need to just suck it up and pretend play with them, pretend we're enjoying the playtime if even for a few minutes. And then sometimes it's ok to say, no mommy doesn't want to play, and let them play by themselves...

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