clingy 6 year old

Debbie - posted on 01/18/2011 ( no moms have responded yet )




My DD is 6 years old and is very clingy to me. It is like she is reversing time and wanting to be a baby. She won't dress herself for school. She sucks her thumb and carries her bear everywhere she goes. She will not do an activity unless I help her to get comfortable. Also, she has an issue with male figures. I think this stems from when she was 3 and needed stitches above her eye. She had a male Dr as well as a male nurse who had to hold her down. It was so horrible that I left the room and my husband stayed with her. This is something that I will regret for the rest of my life. Because I feel that is the day that she changed. I do have a soon to be 2 year old and there is some jealousy there as well. I thought we had a break through a couple of weeks ago because she started basketball with a male coach (A friend's dad). I did go and help out ith the first few practices to help her get comfortable. Things were going well. Then last night was the first game and she would not play because I was not out there. When the coach tried to talk to her, she got upset.She wouldn't even sit with her team.
I am at wits end because I am afraid the other kids will start staying away from her. We are seeing a therapist but I am not sure if it is actually helping. Has anyone gone through a similar situation? Is it a phase? I feel so helpless.

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