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Stay at home moms..

How many hours do you actually just sit and play with your children? Or interact and completly focus on just them?

I have friends who think since I'm a stay at home mom, I am ALWAYS just sitting around playing with the kids or watching tv or out shopping, true I do alot of those but theres more to it. I pay bills, I teach the kids (or try to a little everyday), we have playdates, they have dr appts..i have dr appts. Anyways, I was just wondering ..how much time do you really play or interact with your children while at home all day with them? My goal for every day is to spend two WHOLE hours of just me and them time (not including meals). Ill do my cleaning or pay bills and then spend an hour with them reading or playing blocks..then ill do whatever else needs to be done or well run errands & then we'll come home and spend another hours JUST for them. No computer,no phone..just them.

Just wondering what other mamas do:)

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Feb. 9, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • OP: while i'm doing my other stuff i need to do, they're playing with each other and running around , around me. And inbetween doing whatever i'm doing that day, i will stop and play pretend with them and then get up and carry on what i was doing. just TWO solid "Kids only" hours is what i try to do everyday.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:54 PM on Feb. 9, 2010

  • I really don't keep track of the time but expecially in the summer , I take the whole day & either swim in our pool or take them somewhere & we have the whole day just being together. It's not the quanity but the quality time that counts
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:56 PM on Feb. 9, 2010

  • My week varies. I work part time, so usually no computer, CM on those days. We play outside alot and have picnics so outside time can be up to four hours straight. I do errands, library. So alot.
    3gigglemonsters

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 3:01 PM on Feb. 9, 2010

  • well i make phone calls
    do research
    work
    laundry
    clean the house
    prepare food
    when my son comes home from schoool
    we chat
    he has a snack
    and then he has in home therapy for 3 hours
    i read him a book
    tuck him in

    I am jealous of the time you get with yours OP
    sati769leigh

    Answer by sati769leigh at 3:02 PM on Feb. 9, 2010

  • i dont focus on the amt of time, but I spend a lot of time one on one with my son! we play with puzzles, color, shape sorters or play with train toys together, I take him to the park all the time (weather permitting), and we go to a playgroup once a week, sometimes more. He enjoys keeping himself busy too, so while he plays with his trains or colors I get to read a magazine or do some chores, which he likes helping me with sometimes
    Owl_Feather

    Answer by Owl_Feather at 3:09 PM on Feb. 9, 2010

  • Thats a good question. I know I don't spent enough time with them.
    I like your Idea about spending at least 2 hours each day with them. I think I will try to do the same.
    misty169

    Answer by misty169 at 3:14 PM on Feb. 9, 2010

  • a couple hours. I dont keep track. We usually get up and eat breakfast together, play a little. do some 'school'. He watches TV for about a half hour while I shower and get dressed. Eat lunch together. I usually do some house work, then when daddy gets home we eat, and we all 3 spend time together. Usually once they are both in bed I stay up and finish more housework.
    nsrush83

    Answer by nsrush83 at 3:37 PM on Feb. 9, 2010

  • OP here: ( i left the first comment too, but i forgot to put the 'here' after op). I spend alot of random times with my sons to, i was just saying i spend at least 2 specific hours with them, for JUST them, so i know i got some good quality time in there. I just feel some days i don't spend enough time , but i know i will if i do the 'at least' two hours a day.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:10 PM on Feb. 9, 2010

  • most of the day my down time is while he takes a nap, he likes to have solo play though so thats when I get some cleaning done. But generally I spend the whole day playing reading goofing of with him. He's totally my BFF for ever! lol. I love being a mom if you cant tell
    EarthMama05

    Answer by EarthMama05 at 4:38 PM on Feb. 9, 2010

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