Playing With Kids Bores 30% of Parents

Ashley - posted on 09/03/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Some 30% of UK parents think playing with their children is boring, a new poll finds. The poll, commissioned by Disneyland Paris, looked at how parents spent recreational time with their children. More than a fifth hadn't played with their kids in such a long time that they had forgotten how, the Independent reports. The kicker? Many kids aren't fooled—15% said they realized their parents were bored while playing with them

Do you agree that its boring or can be or not at all.

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Johnny - posted on 09/03/2010

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Sometimes it can be boring, repetitive games particularly. There's only so long you can play hide & seek with a 2 year old before it gets a little dull. But watching her reaction is not boring at all. I get a huge kick out of it. There are lots of things I do like doing with her. Oddly enough, she's currently obsessed with grocery shopping and we have a great time together at the store. She is also getting into building lego, which I'm nuts about, and sandcastles which were never my thing as a kid but are really a lot of fun. So, I'd say it really depends on the activity. I do enjoy relaxing on the sofa with a book and just watching her play on her own. It's so lovely to see her imagination developing. Being at home with her though, is always loads better than being at work in terms of my boredom level. No contest, she's way more fun even after 20 games of hide & seek.

Isobel - posted on 09/03/2010

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only 30% ???...seriously, it depends on the ages of your kids and what they like to do... can anybody honestly say that they are crazy excited to have a tea party? it wasn't my thing anyway. I like to play with my kids often (in the water, chess, even a good old fashioned staring contest once in a while)



but any parent who says they are engrossed in playing with their kids ALL the time is a liar.

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Stifler's - posted on 09/08/2010

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playing with kids is extremely boring. especially other people's kid who you have to pretend to be interested in. my kid is okay but i don't really have to "play" with him, he rolls around on the floor busily playing with stuff. it's fun to watch him laugh when he's having a bath or tickle him or blow raspberries for a bit but not all day.

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I think, when playing with your kids, you should aim for quality over quantity. Better to spend 30min giving your child your undivided attention than 2 hours of half attention and boredom.
I also think it depends on your situation. If you're a working parent and only get to spend an hour with your child a day, I'd be surprised (and maybe a little dismayed) if you thought your play time together was boring. But, if you're a stay at home parent and are with your child 24/7 I'd think you were a parenting legend if you could play non stop with your little one and not get bored.

Sally - posted on 09/08/2010

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I never got bored playing with my daughter when she was a baby. It wasn't until around 2 & 1/2 that I started to dread certain games. I can color or paint and read books forever but Tea Party and Candyland sends me straight to dullsville..

Amy - posted on 09/08/2010

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It really depends on the age of the kid. I love playing with my son, and I do admit I don't do it as often as I should or would like to (but that's what happens when your the working parent who's also going to school). I think it's fun and interesting playing with the kids because they have such amazing imaginations. And my son who's 2 at the very least it's so interesting to just watch him learn things himself as well (He's very independent).

Now playing with a baby who can't interact much, yeah I'll admit that gets boring But that's also a very important time to bond with your child by playing, etc.

LaCi - posted on 09/08/2010

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Depends on what we're doing. I'm not going to pretend like the things my two year old does are interesting 90% of the time. I think it's strange that people just stop playing with their kids because it's boring. If you don't get through all that boring crap you'll never get to the fun stuff.

Krista - posted on 09/08/2010

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i do, however, agree that sometimes it is boring at home with just the babe. sometimes we have played with every single toy in the house and we've walked around the block 3 times and it's like "now what".

Exactly. A lot of it depends on where you live, too. I was bored stiff over the winter, because I live in a very rural area, so I couldn't take Sam to the mall, or a museum, or even just walk around downtown. It was just the two of us stuck in the house all day, every day. I was on mat leave and not making much money, so I couldn't even alleviate the boredom by taking him for a drive, because we were trying to save on gas money. I want to have another child, but I have to confess that I'm not really looking forward to another year's maternity leave, stuck at home. Maybe it'll be different this time -- with two at home i'll probably be too damn busy to be bored! LOL!

Sally - posted on 09/07/2010

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I don't find it boring the majority of the time, however I thought of this tpic today when we played the longest game of CandyLand EVER. Boring, yes. But I did it and will do it again.

April - posted on 09/05/2010

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i worked in a preschool before i had my son and playing with my kids helped pass the time. otherwise there wasn't much to do (i was a sub).

i do, however, agree that sometimes it is boring at home with just the babe. sometimes we have played with every single toy in the house and we've walked around the block 3 times and it's like "now what". but i don't feel it is only me being the bored parent...i think my son gets bored too! usually we end up going out somewhere just to kill time before his nap!

Meghan - posted on 09/03/2010

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Yeah like Sara said, sometimes the actual game or act can be totally boring, but I love watching his reaction and how excited he gets to play a game with mom. I am starting school full time on tues and he will be in daycare, so the past few weeks I have really been trying to enjoy him...even the tedious things

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LOL, my girl is only 10 months old and is such an independent player. If I'm on this laptop too much (I blame you ladies! :) ) and feel like a bad mum, I get down and start to play and she looks at me like "What the hell are you doing? Can't you see I'm busy and you're getting in the way!" Cracks me up. I like playing with the kids at work too but it's also nice just sitting back and observing. AND it's really hard not to impose your own ideas on their play. I guess it's a balance. Join in sometimes but sit back other times and let them lead the way.

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I find it boring sometimes, but I've always done it anyway. Playing is nothing compared to the mind numbing boredom of kids parties. I think all parents should feel obligated to play with their kids and participate in other child related activities even if they find it boring. It's one of the many sacrifices we have to make when we become parents.

Sherri - posted on 09/03/2010

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I get bored stiff. I do play with them but I also taught them early on how to play with each other and amuse themselves as well. I don't want to be there constant sense of amusement. I like to shoot hoops or play a board game (although usually the older ones just argue). I would much rather take them some where and do something fun that way.

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The game itself might be boring, but the sweet reaction it produces from my daughter is amazing! Stacking blocks and knocking them down? Nah. But the giggles that come after are priceless. Reading the SAME book 10 times in a row? Pull my hair out. But watching a new concept click in your kid's head makes it worth it. Lining all the babies and animals up and putting them to bed one by one? Yawn. But when it's MY turn for the goodnight kiss...melts my heart.

Charlie - posted on 09/03/2010

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Awww i love playing with my kids thats why i was kindy teacher kids are FUUUUN .

I love painting , block building , playdough , art and craft , dress ups ( yes i dress up too ) , playing in the sand pit building castles , digging holes, wrestling , climbing trees , making mud pies *sigh* being a kid is s0o much more fun than being an adult !!

Lyndsay - posted on 09/03/2010

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Yes, it's boring. But at the same time, it's nice to watch your kids having fun. I think my son has picked up on my feelings towards this because he only ever asks me to do things he knows that I don't hate... like read him books or take him for nature walks. When it comes to playing with his action figures and cars, he either asks his dad or plays by himself.

Rosie - posted on 09/03/2010

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yeah, i don't like playing with them all the time, it is boring. especially since my boys like to sword fight, or play wrestle or stuff like that. i like to play catch, and sometimes i like to play video games with them. i like to run around and catch them lucas loves that, but i can only take so much of it, lol! i'm getting old ya know?

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Jocelyn, Roxanne turns 2 in a week and she wants a make-up set for her birthday.....I'm SO excited! Not a real set.....just those plastic ones with the fake lipstick, compacts, blow dryer etc.....you know? Maybe then she'll stop peeling the paper off her red crayons and trying to apply lipstick on EVERYONE!

Jocelyn - posted on 09/03/2010

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I'm bored when I play with Conner. But that's because I"m anal and he doesn't play "correctly" lol. I like to actually build things out of his blocks (for example) and he just throws them together all willy-nilly. Drives me nuts! And playing cars all the time...my god, would it kill the kid to play with something I like to play with?!
I'm sooo looking forward to when Brooklynn is old enough to play barbies and tea parties and the like. I'm such a girl :P lmao

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I find it boring at times but I think it's because I do the day to day with our daughter. Chad on the other hand, doesn't get a lot of time with Roxanne and he really enjoys playing with her. She loves it when he's able to bath her because he spends the time and plays with her.....for me, a bath is just a means to an end.



Don't get me wrong - I do enjoy playing with Roxanne but to make it special I've designated an hour each day where she has my undivided attention and we "play" and do whatever she wants to do. The rest of the time she's either "helping" me with chores or errands or playing on her own. I think it's important for them to be able to entertain themselves.

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Playing the same game over and over and over again can become very tiresome but I love playing with my son he is only 10 1/2 months so he is learning as he plays. Also if *I* am getting bored by a game you can pretty much guarantee that my son is getting bored to, we just move onto the next activity.

I am amazed the figure is so low as I know a lot of parents who never play with their children as they are 'far to busy'.

September - posted on 09/03/2010

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Not at all! I love to play with our almost 2 year old son. My husband and I are truly kids at heart and our son loves that about us! We have so much fun together as a family! We love to spend time with our son as much as possible and we all love to play! :) Our son also enjoys other activities like reading, crafts, going for walks..so we get our fare share of down time as well. Now there are times when I’m extremely exhausted and may not be as keyed up as the last time we played but I don’t think I ever come across as being bored. I would hate to come across that way to our son, especially when he’s in the mood to play.

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