My four year old is all of the sudden super attached to me

Ashley - posted on 11/09/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My daughter just turned four last month all the sudden she is super attached to me! We have had some big changes in the past year so to give a bit of a background from the time she was four weeks old to about six months ago I worked full time out side of the home with drive time and everything I was away from her 50 plus hours a week six months ago I quit my job and started working part time we also found out were expecting baby number three around this time. About three months ago we had to move due to my husbands job about three hours away from where we were and majority of family. So right now I only work two days a week and a family member watches her and her brother. Lately she has been crying every time I go to work, she asks me every day are you going to work tomorrow if the answer is yes she cries if the answer is no she keeps asking what about the day after that and the day after that until She gets to the day of the week that i say yes then she cries when I'm home with her she tells me constantly that she's glad I'm home she's so happy that I didn't go to work ect. I know she's well taken care of when I'm gone she has fun they do fun things together she told her the other day I like you but I just miss my mom much! :( I've tried making her a calendar so she knows on Tuesdays and Thursdays mommy goes to work but I don't know how to help her. Any ideas on things I can do to help her? It breaks my heart!

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Jane - posted on 11/09/2013

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Hi
I experienced the same with my daughter when I went back to work. It was a nightmare. Asking the same questions as you have said. My daughter even regressed at nursery and tried running away. She loved nursery so I knew the problem wasn't that, it was the change of routine.
To start with I used to explain that the days I work she goes to nursery but we both get two days off. I also started a little game about every time she missed me, she had to pull a kiss out of her pocket, give it a kiss and blow it back to me. I would then catch it at work and kiss it back. Sounds silly but it worked a treat. When I got home I would ask her how many kisses she sent me. Also sometimes I would surprise her with something when I got home to take her mind off what was going on. Only small things. I hope all that made sense.
But honestly it will stop.

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