Our expert says:
You're wise to have recognized the confusion to a child that mom is HERE but can't play with you, and the value of having somewhere else to work - even if its a special room in the home that is Off Limits during office hours.
Sounds like the pair of you are doing a terrific job with your kids.
Remember, a great child development expert, Donald Winnicott spoke wisely of the Good-Enough Mother. There's a level of parenting BELOW which problems may arise, and while being better than that is usually desirable, its not essential.
And one of the lessons you need to teach the kids is for them to appreciate that parents are People, too - and that you get tired, and need time for yourselves, too.
Help them to be aware that however much you love them, you can't give them all the attention they might want all the time. Praise them for the time they manage to enjoy themselves on their own, as well as when you welcome them into your attention. And as they get a bit older, let them share in the home's jobs, as a privilege of age, not as a chore to resent
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