I am a stay at home mom getting to three end of my rope with summer vacation. My 5 year old refuses to play independently. He always wants me right there with him 24/7. I can't clean my house, have a 5 minute phone conversation or anything else without him freaking out about it. The only time I get any time to do anything is if he's in front of the Tv but I hate having it on, and even then he wants me to sit and watch it with him.
Today I had some important paper work I had to get done. He is now crying in his room because I had to lock myself in my room to get it done. It has taken me half an hour to get 10 minutes of paper work done because he interrupted me so much.
I know a part of this is because at his dads the TV is on all the time - it is never off.
Also before people start telling me I need to spend more time with him. I am with him all day everyday, sometimes I need a few minutes to get things done. Him playing by himself with no TV for half an hour a day is not to much to ask.
How do I teach him to play independently? Also how do I get the crying and begging to stop when I can't be in the same room as him?
Answer by gdiamante at 1:28 PM on Jul. 13, 2013
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Answer by missanc at 1:53 PM on Jul. 13, 2013
Is there a summer camp or a mom's morning out that you can join? If he is 5, I am assuming he will be going to school in the fall. It's best to go ahead and schedule some away time for him to practice being without you. It will make it much easier for him, you, and his teacher/classmates in the fall.
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