Nikki - posted on 07/19/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )
Anyone had any separation anxiety issues with your children?
We are having a few issues and I am at a loss with how to handle things, I think I have talked about this before on here but things are so much worse now. My daughter has always been rather clingy but lately it has come to the point where it is having such an impact on our lives.
My daughter (20 months) will not leave me alone, she cannot play by herself at all, ever. She follows me around all day crying to be picked up, pulling on my legs, pulling my hands ect.
I make sure I spend time playing with her, reading her stories, we go for walks etc but I do have things to do and obviously I would like her to learn to entertain herself for 5 minutes here and there.
A few months ago I went back to work for 8 weeks and she was in daycare, this is when the problem became severe. We also moved which I know is unsettling but since we have moved I haven't been apart from her ever (6 weeks ago) in the hope of trying to settle her and get her to feel safe and secure again, well it's not working, things seem to be getting worse not better.
Yesterday got to the point when my hubby got home from work I had to lock myself in my room for 5 minutes because she was driving me insane.
It's awful because she is so sweet, she stands and my feet and asks for cuddles constantly so I feel bad saying no but I can't carry her around all day.
To make matters worse she has been teething and not sleeping very well, so I am exhausted and she is over tired.
Any ideas on what I can do?