As a single mum, how do you deal with your child screaming out for their dad?

Kirsten - posted on 07/07/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My little one is 2.5 yrs old and has taken to screaming to the point of throwing up, for her dad. Her dad and I have been separated since she was 14mths old, I am not sure if this is a test thing (see how far I can push mum) or something she has learned but its tearing me apart and breaking my heart. She is inconsolable so I usually just leave her alone for a few minutes then try and distract her but its becoming a nightly thing. Any suggestions very welcome

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Medorie - posted on 07/10/2010

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what happened with me is, when i told my kid his dad's gonna visit him and he didn't show up for whatever reason, he was so sad.. it hurts to see him like that.. he does cry out for his dad and i just tell him, he's at work, or okay we'll try to call him.. after a few minutes i'd cuddle him and do stuff together.. it's tough.. but we're both getting used to the sit..

Kirsten - posted on 07/07/2010

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Thanks Vanessa, might give that a try. Unfortunately her father isn't the kind to assist like that but will try from my end and see if it works :-)

Vanessa - posted on 07/07/2010

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She is pushing her limits - why not start a ritual of marking days on a calendar so that she knows when she will be seeing him next and then at the end of their visit - he can mark the next date in with her.
Just a thought!

Kirsten - posted on 07/07/2010

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Yes being a 2.5 yr old she is always pushing and testing the boundaries. She see's her dad 2 hours, 3 Saturdays a month. I just hate seeing her in such a state that she is making herself sick.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/07/2010

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at that age, I would think it is a test. does she test you in any other way? Or push you for anything? My son was around the same age when we split, but he never asks for him. Does she see him often?

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