Siblings playing ChristinaLynne Due October 7 (boy); 2 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29250 posts
17th Apr '13

I have a 5 and 1 year old. I get that my 5 year old sometimes needs to play on his own but I hate when my 1 year old cries for him so sometimes I make him come play with her. Like just now which got me thinking. Is that wrong? Should I make him play with her or no? She will literally stand at the basement door(it's where his playroom is) and yell bu-ba over and over and over for him. I am trying to clean up upstairs before dinner otherwise I would just take her down to play

If you have all different ages do you make the older play with the younger? And when I mean make I asked him to please come play with her. At first he said no so I asked again and he came. I obviously didn't force him. This whole 2 kids thing is new. Lol

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46840 posts
17th Apr '13

I don't force it... but I do ask that my kids play with their little brother. My kids are 5, nearly 4 and 1 year old (on Friday). My older two kids tend to just play together and my youngest always wants to be included. I ask that they include him, even if it just means letting him watch/handing him a toy and letting him sit with them. They usually don't have a problem with it.

If my kids were totally against playing with their little brother, quite honestly I'd be concerned. They love spending time with him. I think it would be important to find out WHY they don't want to play with him, and then find something they DO enjoy doing with him.

That being said, your five year old does need alone-time too. That's understandable. No one likes building a train set, for example, when a 1-year-old is tearing down everything you make. Haha. Sounds to me like he gets plenty of alone-time, though.

Bob Wehadababyitsaboy 3 kids; 4 angel babies; California 30128 posts
17th Apr '13

Aww Juliette and Presten play together usually like climbing all over each other and im always telling Presten to be careful cause Julie is much smaller than him but usually they play together well and she follows him everywhere. Sometimes he doesn't want to be bothered and he wants to play his DS so i usually play with her for a little bit or take her to the room and show her all the toys. I do ask Presten to play with her sometimes and he sometimes says no i usually tell him to go show her all of his toys in his room, sometimes it works but usually their back out here destroying things or running after one another lol. And to answer your question i dont think it's bad to make them play together.

ChristinaLynne Due October 7 (boy); 2 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29250 posts
17th Apr '13

He normally is great with playing with her. He's an amazing big brother. Like right now they are playing firefighter. He's pushing her on her ride on toy making fire engine sounds.