Daddy blues

Tiffany - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have some advice for me!!!!! My 19 month old daughter really won't spend much time with her father. He is a very loving and playful person with her, it just seems that the only thing she wants from him is plaing. And sometimes not even that! it's been going on for her entire life. He's getting depressed and thinks that she doesn't like him. He longs for her to be daddy's little girl. Is this a phase or is there something he should be doing differently?

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Shannon - posted on 01/22/2009

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Everything will be fine, really!  this happens all of the time.  It will get better, and you'll probably be sad because she wants to spend all of her time with Daddy!!  My husband learned by the third child that they'd eventually come around.  It only makes sense that you would be preferred right now, because typically, not always, but typically the mother is the primary care provider in those early months.  Just encourage your hubby to start doing all of the non-playtime things, so that she can see that he's caring for her too.  Like you may even just start with him running bath water, and setting out her clothes, just so that she sees him doing it!  Good luck!

Monique - posted on 01/22/2009

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I wouldn't worry! I think that at this age, they want to do all that mommy does. It is only a phase. I am sure that when she gets older, she will become more of a daddy's girl. Does he spend a lot of daddy time with her. I know what had helped a little is when I go to the store, I will leave Addison with my husband. She will cry when I leave, but my husband said that about a couple mins later, she will play with him. I know that has helped a lot!

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