I feel a constant push-and-pull in my daily life when my children ask me to “pleeeease” play with them. I find myself too often saying, “hold on.” Of course, there I things I need to get done – responding to work emails, paying bills, preparing dinner, doing laundry – and the list goes on. I’m sure any parent can relate to seeking those moments when taking the time to play with the kids can be a priority to the other responsibilities in life. But, the key is also understanding that sometimes it can’t be the priority. Adults have to work while kids get to play. I cherish the times I also get to play with my kids, and I try not to feel so badly about the times when I just can’t. The best I can do is to do my best to balance my children’s desires with my life’s expectations.