Daughter can't leave her mother's side.
December 19, 2013 3:44 AM Subscribe
My 4-year-old daughter has suddenly become incredibly
over-attached to her mother - Why?
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo to Human Relations (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
We have a very happy, well-adjusted daughter who will be turning 4 next week. For the past couple of months, she has been growing inexplicably over-attached to her mother. Whereas in the past she would happily wave goodbye when my wife would leave for work, she now screams uncontrollably and is inconsolably distraught every time she walks out the door.
Small things around the house that she used to do herself now warrant cries of "I want mom to do it!". A few months ago she was, naturally, trying to exercise a fair degree of independence, but she now wants to spend every waking hour with her mom. If not, floods of tears ensue.
She's not adverse to myself, however, she just physically wants to be with her mother at all times and constantly asks about her when she's not around - something she never did even when she was younger.
My wife and I spend equal amounts of time with her outside of her time at kindergarten and on weekends, and there have been no major environmental upheavals or changes recently that I can think could have lent to this change in behaviour.
Any ideas as to what could be causing this? I'm inclined to think that it's merely a "phase".