My 4 year old son is going through the stage where he does not want to be out of my sight. He even crys when he goes to his grandparents house if im not there, when before he would love going there without me. I am just scared that when he starts kindergarden he will have a hard time staying there? I'm hoping this is a normal stage for children. Anyone have any advice for us?

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Kimberley - posted on 11/14/2008

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Thanks you guys for the advice, I will definiltly take ur suggestions to heart. I know that part of the reason he is acting this way is that his father and i are going through a divorce, and im thinking he thinks that because his daddy moved out that i will be leaving him too! We have tried to make it as easy as possible. You know where he still sees his dad everyday but it's still not the same as having mommy and daddy tucking him in bed every night. It will just take some time to get used to i guess.

Natalie - posted on 11/14/2008

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As far as I know this a healthy normal stage for toddlers to go through. My three year old goes through this every other week, one week he will love to go to school and to my granmothers and the next he will scream when I leave. Our routine does not change, it just depends on his mood. I have read on this and asked some friends and they all said that this is completely normal and healthy and they will grow out of it. Just walk away and tell them you will be back later!

Siobhain - posted on 11/14/2008

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Although I'm not yet at that stage with my little one, I'd like to offer my opinion if you'll take it. Maybe try mentioning a visit to Grandma and Grandpa's house the day before along with something different for him to do there that he can't do at home. ie.seeing the cat, but the point is to pick something unique to them to get him excited about. Then the next day, when he first wakes up, excitedly ask him "Do you get to see the kitty cat at Grandma and Grandpa's today...yaaay! Just get him excited throughout the day so that he is at least interested in going there and maybe eventually he'll come around. Get the grandparents involved in the excitement too, so they'll know what to do.





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