So, who is our child's first choice of playmates? You guessed...it's us, her parents. Sometimes, through lack of time or energy, we choose to pass on the invitation to play with our children. We let the electronic babysitter take our place. We buy a kazillion toys and hope we've done enough. Sometimes we don't really want to play with our kids. We want to work. Play may be the work of childhood, but for some of us, work is the play of adulthood. Most of us like work. Some of us feel compelled to work. Regardless, play seems like a waste of time.If the fun factor is missing from playtime, nobody wants to play...not kids and certainly not adults. So often, adults engage with their children in playtime activities that are downright boring. It's no wonder that parents pass up opportunities for play. The trick to enjoying play with children is to make it fun for both the children AND the adults. The first rule for parents is to choose activities that both parents and children enjoy. Before you choose the playtime activity you know that you'll enjoy, it's important to remember what kids like to do.Remember, play is supposed to be fun. If we chose games we enjoy playing with our kids, we'll all have a good time. So put down that dust mop and broom. Set your attach case aside. Get out there and have a good time with your kids! In the end, it's not our clean house or our corporate status that our children will remember. It's the time we've spent, the fun we've had, and the memories we've created with them.