Age child won't play anymore with parents?

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-10-2007
Age child won't play anymore with parents?
Tue, 07-30-2013 - 6:39pm

I have 2 children.  Our daughter is 4 and our son is 8.

I am not sure if my question applies to this particular board, but with school starting soon, I thought I would just post my question here, as everyone seems nice and helpful here.

At what age did your son or daughter stop playing with toys?  Or even, what age did you notice that your child did not want to play with mommy or daddy anymore?  I know this can vary, but just wanted a general age.  I try to play house or dolls with my daughter and she seems to not want me to play with her.  I guess I was thinking this would not occur until about 10 years of age.

Thanks for reading!!

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 07-31-2013 - 9:54am

Gosh, I guess it really does depend.  I have an 18 year old, and a 4 and 6 year old.  The 18 year old, we have always regularly played board games together, we did on a weekly basis for game night up until she was up into her mid teens.  Now toys were a different story, maybe closer to 9 or 10, but she was an only child until 10.  As for the little ones, I still get frequent requests from both of them to play tea or help them do their doll's hair, etc.  We haven't gotten into the board/card game phase, I am hoping to institute that this year because the oldest is off to college so I want to start some new traditions and routines.  I have all girls,  so boys may be a bit different, there are a few regulars on the board with boys that will hopefully chime in.

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Registered: 09-12-2003
Wed, 07-31-2013 - 12:35pm

I have a 10 year old and almost 5 year old both boys. I will say I am less fun to play with especially for my older one. I don't like video games, can't catch or throw and zero interest in wrestling talk BUT he still needs me to be the banker when we play monopoly (thinking he is getting old enough need to teach him to handle finances soon but then I would be so not needed)

Oldest still plays with toys but definately different. Still has action figures (wrestlers but before he had those he would wrestle his baby bother) but mostly its technology driven these days. Oh and he still needs me to beat candy crush levels from time to time but guess thats not playing together.