Require Independent Play


We are trying to promote our kids to be more independent with regards to their play. They are all boys ages 9, 7 and 5. They can play independently, but still want me to play with them and often rely on me to initiate a game or something outside. We also have an entire upstairs playroom but the rarely if ever play up there unless I am there. Our 9 year old has a lot of anxiety about being in a party of our house where there is not a parent, so I think he sets the tone for the other kids. Admittedly, I have just complied with their requests too often, which has been part of getting us where we are today. What can you recommend to make them more independent in this area?

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