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Confession: I hate playing with my child






by Maggie Downs posted in Life

I am sitting criss-cross applesauce on the floor with my 3-year-old son.
Joining us are two stuffed animals -- one a seal that my son named ContaDontaSaurus, the other a cat named Pineapple. There are also three robot magnets. Their names are Dinglebutt, Quincy, and Not Yet. Scattered about are enough mini trains to populate the island of Sodor several times over and gazillions of Legos.
"Let's play!" my son says, and it's a sentence that strikes fear in my heart.

I love my son. I cherish our time together. I hate playing with him.
My son holds Pineapple up, and we make some small talk with Not Yet. It's worse than the conversation I have with the dentist when she asks, "So how are things going"" as she jams cold metal instruments into my mouth. It's excruciating, and I wish I didn't have to play along.
I mean, what does a cat have to say to a robot anyway" (If you're curious: Pizza. They talk about pizza.)
We carry on for a few minutes like that until I make some excuse and scurry off to the kitchen to start dinner. I'm relieved, but I also feel guilty about that relief.
To be clear, I don't hate all types of play with my child.
My son and I go adventuring, take scent walks to smell the flowers in our neighborhood, make road trips to the beach, and toss sand dollars into the ocean. We run around the park, spend hours at the library, visit the art museum and talk about what we see. We've never met a trail we didn't want to explore, and I would happily hike with him to the ends of the earth. Plus we have the best playdates with other little friends.

But ask me to squat on the floor and vroom cars around, and I'm out. I just can't do that kind of pretend play. After five minutes of constructing Lincoln Log forts, I'm ready to send the pioneers packing. Ten minutes of Legos are my longest year.
I think the reason why I don't enjoy playing with my son is this: When I sit on the floor and play pretend, I bring with me all the constraints and barriers of the adult world. No, cars don't move like that. Cats don't fly invisible helicopters. A house has four walls and a roof, not three walls, two propellers, and a napkin. I've lost much of the magic and whimsy that exists naturally at childhood, and though I struggle to recapture it, I just can't.
My son lives in a world where a half-bitten pancake is a ship, sailing an ocean that only he can see. His best friend is the wish-granting, albeit unfortunately named, stuffed turtle that he calls CockSofa. Give my son tissues, pipe cleaners, and some construction paper, and he'll make you a fairy kingdom.
So that's why I often shoo away my precious muffin to play by himself. Because my play places limits where there shouldn't be any.

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