I'm having a rough time getting my one year old to ever play by himself even a little bit. He has plenty of toys and plenty of things that are not toys that he finds fun to play with, but he only will play if I'm looking at him and engaging with him. This is obviously a problem. I try to give him as much of my attention as humanly possible, but I have a demanding job and sometimes I need him to occupy himself for a while. Half an hour would be great. I don't want to neglect him or improperly supervise him. I just want him to not follow me around screaming for short amounts of time. When we have guests, he seems so good natured and happy that they don't understand how this baby could ever cause me any difficulty, but as soon as it's just me and him, it's like he turns depressed and has to just scream and cry and seek attention. Does anyone have any ideas for how I can get him to self-actualize? I don't need a huge improvement...just a little one. It seems like this kid has always been like this, unable to be entertained by anything visual that is not a human (mostly me) looking in his direction and being entertaining.