I've been working on this for a while now and wonder if others are, too.
I have only one child, an 8-year-old daughter. I work full-time, but from home. I have time to play. DD and I DO lots of stuff together; we make crafts, go out, go on playdates, read, swim, etc...
But what DD really wants me to do is play. Littlest Pet Shop, specifically.
It doesn't matter how much time she gets to play LPS with other kids. This is STILL what she most desires to do with me. Give her the choice between a day at the museum with lunch out and, oh, a pony ride...it would be LPS.
And I feel like I've been holding out, resisting.
But I feel a huge pull towards her, like "stop typing on the computer and GO to her. She WANTS you. GO."
I want to have fun with her and I want some of it to be on her terms.
So from today onward, LPS it is. I am setting myself a minimum goal of 30 minutes per day, every day. And within this time, no phone calls, no interruptions. Our time.
FWIW, it's not like we don't play. Sometimes we play for a couple of hours. And it won't always be LPS. But right now, I'm not consistent and I want to get into the habit. I think I hate LPS and then when I sit with her and start playing, I realize it's not about that. It's about being with her and the amazing fact that I am still her preferred playmate. How much longer will I get that? And sometimes, just sometimes, I really start playing and it's FUN.
So for me, no excuses. No "I'm tired" (I start work at 4 a.m.), I have to start dinner, whatever. God knows I waste time in other ways. I need to make this a priority.