Sheila - posted on 04/22/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
My only daughter is 6 years old, and this year - she has begun crying and begging for a "brother or sister".. crying about how lonely it is at home, she has no one to play with at home, etc..
I am no longer able to have kids, and explaining that to a 6 year old is not working.. I tried telling her that mommy can't make any more babies, but we might be able to adopt one later on in life, but she just doesn't understand..
Any ideas on how to offer comfort for a lonely only?? She longs for a playmate that is not mommy, and unfortunately there are no children in our neighborhood for her to play with. She is a very shy little girl, and doesn't have a lot of school friends to come over, etc. and I don't know how to help her become more outgoing, let alone help her to accept that she is an only child, and most likely will always be an only child, unless we adopt in the long run.
I have tried the pet idea, and got her a pet turtle, but she lost interest in it a week after we got it. I am allergic to dogs/cats, etc - so I can't go out and get her a puppy to be companion for her..