Ruth - posted on 02/18/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )
My two girls, 6 & 14, don't really like being with their dad at his place. In general they both love him and he is a decent father (no abuse issues etc.). They just don't like the environment in his home (dirty & messy, spends most of his time on facebook, has a fairly firm hand about his rules). I personally think they need to spend their time with their dad. I only speak positively about him around them.
What I am looking for advice about is how to handle my youngest daughter's anxiety and grief over the time she has to spend with him. She gets very clingy to me and sometimes almost hysterical when she has to go with him. When she returns from the weekend (which others tell me from observation has been a perfectly fine and even fun time for them) she will get very sulky and even aggressive towards me, as though to punish me for letting her go.
Any advice would be so welcome!