I was reading another post in this forum & one of the posters said that she wasn't always as playful as she'd like to be & it sparked this question... I have noticed a real change in my parenting of DS just in the last year or so. He'll be 4 in January, just for reference. What I've noticed, though, is that where I used to 'playfully parent' him, when he was a toddler-3ish, but now that he's maturing more, I find myself having to be more 'business like' with him...Not mean or anything, just straightforward. Is this just a natural progression of my parenting & what he needs right now? Have any of you other mamas noticed a change in your parenting 'style' as your children have matured? It's not like we don't ever 'play' anymore, it just seems that he's needs me to be straight with him now, instead of playful...??? Anybody else noticed a change?