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Explaining To Children Why You Can’t Play

Oftentimes when we are around young children, they want to run, kick a ball, or wrestle. But, sometimes our AS doesn’t allow us to do this safely without pain. How do you explain to a child why you can’t play?

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  • Lawrence "Rick" Phillips moderator
    2 months ago

    When this happens with our grandchildren, I practice the age old male tradition. I let grandma do it. So far I have dodged that quesiton for 11 years with no lasting impacts on my life.

    However, I have found that these days the grandchildren have taken to calling me poppabadback. I am sure that will pass however. I mean someday.

  • Jed Finley moderator author
    2 months ago

    What an absolutely awesome idea! Thank you so much for sharing that! I think I have a craft project next time the nieces visit 😃👍🏻

  • chuzzy
    3 months ago

    I have the same problem with my grands. I just tell them I can’t right now, if I’m waiting for pain meds to work. Sometimes I say I can’t because I’m having a bad day today. But then I suggest something we can do together, like play card or board games. I am their game playing gma and the minute they see me they ask to play a game. Sometimes they do this as I’m pulling into their driveway! Their parents say can you at least wait until she gets out of the car! Lol! We also paint rocks and hide them. A great thing our community joined in on. Check it out on “Clarinda Rocks” on facebook. You just start a site, paint some rocks, put a label on the back of rock and use mod podge to keep it there, spray sealer on all of rock so paint stays on then take a walk with the kids and hide it in plain sight! Get paints and spray sealer from Walmart so it’s inexpensive to do. Label says take a picture of the rock and where you found it and post it on Clarinda Rocks then rehide the rock for someone else to find! Another benefit is exercise is good for AS. It is fun for the kids and something you can do together!Sometimes we just go out to hunt rocks. Make sure once you get a site started you invite all your friends and family to join.

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