She is going into grade 1 in Sept, so right now she doesn't have a whole bunch of friends. She does have a couple that I regularly set up playdates with. She also spends one or two days per week at camp playing with other kids. She has plenty of toys here, including outside stuff (a bike, scooter, baby stroller). We have a fenced-in back yard. She has loads of craft stuff.
It is exhausting trying to keep a child entertained for 14 hours every day. She's up at 7:00. We do so much stuff all day long (ex: the zoo, various parks, the pool, splashpads, the beach, boat rides). She comes with us on errands and helps us. But as soon as I need 45 mins to do something like start dinner or clean up the house, she's BORRRRRRREEED. And I give her ideas, set stuff up for her (ex: painting), offer to let her help me with what I'm doing. But no. I'm starting to get very frustrated with her.
So: is this just normal age-appropriate behavior? Or is she just being difficult? I feel extra-guilty since she's an only child, but I didn't spend a ton of time playing with my brother as a child. I liked to do art, read, etc. My mother most certainly NEVER spent time entertaining me the way we do with my DD. One of us is always doing something with her. For example, at the moment I have a breather since DH took her on a bike ride.