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Time for taboo! I prefer to work than to play with my kids

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

Time for taboo! I prefer to work than to play with my kidsโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

I love my children, I really do! But to be completely honest, I really donโ€™t enjoy parenting. Being a parent doesnโ€™t make me feel fulfill in anyway and although I think my kids are fantastic and I love them unconditionally, Iโ€™d often rather work than play with them. ๐Ÿข

Am I allowed to say this out loud?

I have two children with my wife. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ Our oldest is almost 5 and our youngest will turn 3 in February. On this Sunday morning, as I draft this post, the kids are playing while my wife is sleeping. As Iโ€™m watching them play, I think how wonderful they are but also how being a parent is hard and definitely not my calling. Iโ€™m not bad at it, but this is definitely not my lifeโ€™s purpose or the romanticized version of being a mother movies Iโ€™ve shown me. Parenting is something I do because I have kids and they need me to do so.

When that is said, I admit humbly that I would much rather work than play with my kids and this is not a one off feeling but a recurring one. Am I a bad parent?

Iโ€™m sure many others feel the same way, but I admit that my own guilt for feeling such detachment hunts me often.

So I try my hardest to be a parent and to be kind to myself. Itโ€™s ok not to feel like I have found my lifeโ€™s purpose in my children and I will continue to strive to feel purpose at work and elsewhere as that is what fulfill me mostโ€ฆ

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