Playing with my kids is the most rewarding, behavior-changing (for both of us), calming activity.
Sometimes I don’t feel like it for sure. Just like exercise and going outside on cold days. But every time I do take that time to get on the ground and find something fun to do, they just love it. I go to sleep knowing that it was a good day…and I completed my mission. I love that feeling!
And my kids respond to me playing with them…they are happier, and more centered and less whiny and more (not less!) apt to entertain themselves. If a particular week is a tough one, (especially when I had 3 little ones), you know…one of those weeks when you feel like you are doing something “wrong”…you just don’t know what yet and you are at Wit’s End? I have found that if I make a conscious effort to PLAY with them both of our attitudes turn right around.
It isn’t about toys and activities as much as it’s about attention-our children need our attention,free from distraction.