Sometimes, I fear, I am not so good at being a mom to old kids.
Give me a baby any day of the week and I will make it laugh, and play little silly games, and hug and kiss it, and carry it all around talking and singing to it.
Then that baby turns about 5 and they kinda change. Like, in a difficult way. And I don't really know what to do with them. I can't carry them around, and their chubbiness is gone so the smooches aren't as satisfying. Also, they make more noise and give me sassiness. When it comes to playing with them, I am at a loss. They do like games and I'll play one about once a month (too many games with kids makes me feel claustrophobic).
I feed them, supervise their room cleaning, help them with their homework, read them books, drive them around, and shoo them outside. I'm not sure what else to do. They're just so big. And they can do most stuff for themselves. And they're just more bouncy and loud and bored than they used to be. And it's just that they're driving me crazy most days. And, sometimes at a moment of desperation I perform the class B page 12 paragraph 5 trick that we all learned in mother school -distract the child in any way possible.
Any ideas on what to do with big, old kids that want to hang around, annoy, and don't really keep busy with toys any more?