Recently, Henry's been asking me to play toys with him all the time. I love pushing his train around and watching him stack a tower of legos, but sometimes I have to get things done. I try not to tell him no when he begs me to play, I know that some day soon he won't want to play toys with his ol' mom anymore. My dilema, however, is that I also want him to be able to play independently. He used to be so good at it! Two year olds don't really understand time, so when I tell him I'll play for "five minutes before I make dinner" he's still crying and yelling for me to come back the minute I go to the kitchen. He doesn't understand why I can't play.
I'm having a really hard time balancing it all. Like, I know that he should be able to play by himself but I also feel like I should be there to play with him when he asks. I'm trying to figure out how much time is appropriate for him to play alone and just how to get to that point. Anybody else feeling this too? Any suggestions?