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When I'm trying not to get as involved I usually try to encourage them to use thier words- listen to the other's words. Or I say- "It sounds like there is a problem- do you need my help or can you solve it together?"
WAHM to a toddler, preschooler, and kindergarten student.
Cathy mom to 13 y/o DD, 10 y/o DD, 7 y/o DS
Thank you. I will get "Mom, Jason's Breathing on Me" from the library if they have it. And there's a lot to think about from other posts as well. I wish I could just spend all the time engaging them and playing with them and chaperoning them outside. So maybe I'm supposed to do that. I'm sure I should do it more. I have so much to DO to catch up on house stuff and I'm finally making that a bit more of a priority, so it's frustrating when I feel I can't leave them in a room by themselves for more than a couple minutes. I used to not have dishes/cleaning be a priority at ALL but dh is not too keen on that setup and I'm trying to raise my house standards a bit.... and really, after a few years of intense parenting I've started to resent never feeling I can do anything for myself, so now I steal moments to be on MDC, a chunk of time to eat breakfast & coffee in the morning, and to hopefully get some cleaning done. Maybe my expectations are too high for their ages still, and I have to go back to being "on top" of them.
Any other input still appreciated....... and knowing there are others in the same boat is comfort as well.