Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dealing with a clingy child

From Focus on the Family

Some children are just born clingy. No matter where mom is, they have to be right there by her side, usually hanging on for dear life.

Over time it can get pretty frustrating – especially if they show no signs of letting up.
Children who cling tend to be more shy and insecure. When they get into a new situation or feel cranky, clinging is their way of communicating that they’re uncomfortable.

The worst thing you can do is to get frustrated and pry them away.

Instead, take a few minutes to hug and reassure them and then talk to them about what they’re feeling.
Tell them they can stay close but they can’t cling. You might promise a special time together later if they’ll let you get your work done.

Above all, don’t worry. “Clinginess” is a phase that almost always passes in time.

From TODAY, Voices - Friday, 03-Sep-2010

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