my daughter is mean to her dad when he gets home from work?

Stacy - posted on 10/03/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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could this be from him working all the time and her being home with me and if it is how do i stop it?

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Neva - posted on 10/03/2011

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This too is a stage. Toddlers usually pick a parent that they are most close to, and it is usually the one that is with them the most. I would tell your husband to not immediately go to hug her when he comes home. In fact, children are a lot like cats. If you ignore them they will wonder why you aren't paying them attention and might just come over and see why not. When he comes home, he should come over to you, give you a big hug and kiss first thing. Then have him sit on the floor near where she is playing, and have him start playing with one of her toys or reading one of her books, and let her come to him to see what he's doing.

JuLeah - posted on 10/03/2011

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Well, you don't give an age, but maybe she wishes he was home all day too, or struggles with the transition

So, warn her ... "Daddy is going to be home in five minutes. Do you want to show Daddy the picture you drew? ... or Will Daddy play a game with you? ... or Are you going to give Daddy a hug?"

Give her something to do ... have him walk in the door ready to read her a book, or sing her a silly song ... get down on the floor with her to play

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