X is going through a phase where he wants my attention every.second.of.the.day. It’s exhausting. Even when I tell him that I can’t/won’t play right then, he’s under foot, begging me to change my mind. From sun up, to sun down. It’s one of the primary reasons I haven’t been blogging. I just can’t find 15 minutes of peace! Obviously, that’s not healthy for either of us.
Today, I’m trying something new. I’m making “play by yourself time” a part of our regular schedule, instead of just implementing it when I’m on the verge of losing my mind.
After breakfast and “school” (we’ve started doing pre-k stuff, most mornings), it is PLAY BY YOURSELF time! Instead of telling him to find something to do, I set him up with blocks and all his construction trucks; and gave him the task of building a tower. I set a timer and told him that I’ll join him when it goes off. I’m aiming for a half hour. We’ll see how we do! I’m planning on doing the same thing, for a half hour this afternoon. Hopefully this will get easier, as it becomes part of our routine.
Any tips/tricks to share?