I'm not sure if I just am incompetent at craft/art projects (very possible), or if this ratio holds for everyone. If this is just how it is to do crafts, I cannot understand how so many mothers exist who are apparently thrilled to dedicate hours of their lives to doing art projects with their children.
In general, I don't play with R much. We play sometimes of course (especially when I'm trying to give her amusement suggestions), but usually, my goal is to get her happily started on some activity, so I can do what I want. Playing with her just isn't that fun because our mental levels and interests are so different: I didn't even like playing with much-younger children when I was a kid. Maybe I'm missing something (or am just a really selfish parent? I 'm not sure), because so many parents talk about how much they love playing with their children: "I could play all day long with them!" etc.
|She even likes cleaning up (I try to encourage her to tidy up after herself, in hopes that then the great mess she creates will be reduced. So far it hasn't really made an impact.)|