Sometimes I get so fed up that all my son wants to do is play with me. And by playing, I mean he wants to boss me around . Usually I can think of so many other things I’d rather be doing – like cleaning up the house, doing the dishes, (shopping online <;– how did that get in there??), or just sitting after a long day. My father-in-law said something one day that put this struggle into perspective for me. He said something along the lines of, “If you don’t play with him or talk to him about things that are going on his life, he’s completely alone. He has no one to talk to, no one to play with, and no one to relate to.” All I could do was just sit and think “wow.” He’s so right!
Another friend of mine mentioned the fact that she has to force her child to spend time with her. It really got me thinking – when will Will start thinking it’s not cool to hang out with me? When will he stop talking to me and telling me silly, sometimes ridiculous stories?
Obviously I can’t pay attention to Will ALL the time, but I think twice now before I blow him off or give him the “bare minimum.”