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Are you finding it hard to be motivated / bothered with your kids? Your life is probably pretty busy with the things that you feel you have to do, to allow time to spend with them. However, spending time with your kids is also a "have to". Therefore, you need to remove some of the distractions. For example, pay someone else to mow your lawns and spend that time to play with your kids. If this is unaffordable to you, get the kids involved in raking leaves or other safer pursuits so that you can finish the job more quickly and have time for them.