I'm honest with my child. I tell her/him "mommy doesn't want to play this right now, you need to go play in your room (or with the computer or something)" I think it's important that children know how to play alone as well as with others. Or sometimes I will tell them "mommy will play for 5 min, then you need to go play on your own". So far so good, it's worked in our house. If they're not use to this, it may take a little while for them to adjust. Most of the time my kids will go off and play but if they are feeling particularly attached that day, I let them bring their toys to the living room or whatever room I'm in. Seems to make a difference sometimes just being able to play near me.
at 10:50 PM on Oct. 26, 2008