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How do we get our children to play alone without adult company?
When my grand-daughter goes down for her nap, she will sometimes not sleep but plays quietly by herself for upto an hour and a half, My grand-son is slowly learning to do this as well. However when we try and get them to play with out us, it becomes very difficult.
I have encouraged them to have a "tea party" and helped them "get started" and have spent about ten minutes playing with them, but the moment I leave they stop that and end up whining inside the house. If we try to get them to play outside alone there are tears and sulks protests. There are a variety of outdoor toys for them to play with but again will only play with them if adults play with them. My Grandson will happily follow my husband around the whole day "helping" him with painting, gardening etc.
It does not appear to be linked to separation anxiety as they are quite comfortable being left behind with someone, if mum or dad go somewhere, and they love going to day care.
But there are times when we are busy and need to do things and we are at a loss at how to get them to play alone either inside or outside.