Parenting in the “Entertain Me” Age

“Will you play with me, Mom?”

“”I’m bored.”Entertain kids

“What is there to do today?”

“Can we watch a movie?”

“Can you go outside with us?”

On one hand, I am really glad that my kids want to spend time with me.  And I really love spending time with them, as well.  But it seems they are constantly wanting to be entertained, for me to be leading an activity.  After a snow day like today, I feel overwhelmed, like I’m spinning my wheels.

My kids are 5,7, and 9, and I wonder if I’m asking too much of them to entertain themselves. I remember my mom being with us a lot.  She stayed home with us, and worked nights as a nurse.  But I don’t remember her actually entertaining us all the time, like my children sometimes expect. Maybe it’s because we don’t have neighborhood kids to play with.  Maybe I haven’t trained them correctly.  Maybe I’m mistakenly remembering my own childhood.  Maybe I need to suck it up and realize that being a good parent means entertaining your kids.

So I have a few questions:

1. Do you remember your parents entertaining you constantly?  Or just being there while you play?

2. Do your kids play by themselves, or do they need you all the time?

3. Do you have any ideas on how to train the kids that it’s OK for me to just “be there” while they play?

Let me know in the comments!