I’m bored by my nine-year-old daughter, days with her seem so long but I worry I’m a rubbish mum
7th September 2021

A GUILTY mum has posted about how bored she feels when hanging out with her nine-year-old daughter.

Stating that she struggles to make conversation, the mum reveals how she is starting to believe she is a bad mother.

Revealing her guilt one mum has said that she feels awful as she posts in netmums about how difficult she is finding it to engage with her nine-year-old daughter.

"This is going to sound awful so please no hate, but I just don't know how to engage more with my 9-year-old. I find myself struggling to make conversation, and just generally being a relaxed, normal parent" she said.

Adding: "I'm always worrying about things so find it hard to be in the moment and just play/goof around with her."

The mum explains that she has tried to immerse herself in her child's interests and activities but find it difficult to be present.

"The days feel really long sometimes. She'll talk to me about her video games and I'll watch her dance. And we go out places. But it's often quiet… Boring?" said the mum

"Any suggestions on how I can relax and just be a proper mum, please" she added.

Sympathising with the mum, people commented on the post to offer her advice.

One commented said: "My son is 8 and I can really relate to this! Bring back the visits to the farm and the duck pond that we both used to love when he was little!"

Adding: "I often find myself nodding along to what he tells me when I’m not really that interested . I know that sounds awful but as long as my son sees me listening and being supportive then we’re both happy."

Another person commented: My honest suggestion would be to get involved in gaming if that's what she's into. I did this with my son, we ended up going to gaming conventions together and really connected over it."

The mum is also grateful for the advice she receives as one commenter lets her know that she is not alone.

"Parenthood is mainly boring. Kid's conversations are mainly boring. If you can find one interest that you really share with your child, you're doing well" responded the commenter.

Adding: "Remember, most of the time pretending to be interested is enough. It's also worth pointing out that you don't have to entertain your child every waking hour. It's ok to take time for yourself."

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