How many two-parent families out there can relate to this scenario?
Your little one, who both of you spend plenty of time with and love unconditionally, has grown to a point where they can communicate some basic preferences.
They like carrots, but not as much as they like applesauce.
They like the dog, but not as much as they like their stuffed giraffe.
And they like Dad, but not nearly as much as they like Mom.
And they're not afraid to show it, despite the fact that it absolutely breaks the less-favorite parent's heart.
Of course, we're grown-ups so we know that our babies love us, and it doesn't matter if they have a slight preference for one parent over the other, right?
Well, that may be what we tell ourselves, but of course it stings when your baby prefers someone over you.
In today's episode, I'll talk about why kids tend to show more affection to one parent, grandparent, or caregiver over another.
And although I may not be able to change your child's behavior, I do have some reassuring thoughts to help you remember that you, as the parent, as by the far the important person in your little one's eyes, even though they may not always show it.
I'm certainly not a "free-range" parent. I'm just too much of a worrier to let my kids run around unsupervised. But on the other hand, I do think that kids need some amount of authority over their own lives.
Providing your little ones with choices is beneficial on a couple of levels. It allows them to feel like they have some measure of control over things, and it provides some early lessons about the consequences of their decisions. Not to mention the peace and harmony it can help to maintain around the house!
Today, we'll talk a bit about how to provide your kids with choices, and the benefits that come along with providing them those options.