My kids want me to play.
What makes me say no? There are legitimate and there are lazy reasons.
Tired -or- "Tired"
Mentally can't handle playing that make-believe game again. - or - Don't think I can mentally handle playing that make-believe game again.
"You won't be able to understand the rules of that game." -or- I don't want to take the time to teach you that.
I want to read. -or- I don't want to do that.
"I have to get some work done." -or- I choose to get some work done.
Its a hard balance isn't it dad (or mom)? I often tell one of our boys, "That's why I got you a perfectly good brother." I don't know if that is just an excuse, but sometimes, a kid just wants to play. Let's make sure that we sometimes get it right.