I’m caring for my 4 and a half-year-old grandson frequently. We have a loose schedule; sometimes he’s in preschool, sometimes not, but we usually go to a park for an hour and a half or two in the afternoons. We are fine until we get home.
My concern is that I just don’t like playing with him. He doesn’t seem able to entertain himself. He’s used to being around several other children, either in preschool or his previous living situation, and doesn’t know how to play alone.
He wants to play cars, which I can stand for awhile, but I get really bored. I don’t recall feeling this way with my children, but I never had a four year old by himself either. The only thing that entertains him by himself is watching shows on his kindle, which I am very much against, but I’m not his parent. Fortunately he often misplaces it or it runs out of battery, and he has to do something else.
I don’t want to be mean. but I can only stand playing car games for short periods of time. I’ve helped him build train tracks, little towns, and so on, and invent scenarios which he enjoys, but I do have other things I need to do: clean house, pay bills, and so on.
Do you have any suggestions as to helping him play by himself? I raised 4 children and I don’t recall feeling like my every minute had to be devoted to the child.