This week my husband’s off work, as he’s a teacher and it’s school holidays. So while everyone is sleeping I’ve been getting up early to write my blog posts. My husband and daughter love lazy lie ins, but I do not! Every morning just as I’m getting to the end of my post my daughter wakes up. Every time after a few cuddles I try to get her to go back to bed with her dad while I finish my post, and she’s refusing, telling me her dad is a ‘terrible snuggler’ etc.
I know that she’s normally really happy to be with her dad, but sometimes, there’s underlying feelings and separation anxiety that can make her need to be with me for more connection.
So I decided to do some giggle parenting. I picked up all her cuddly toys, and said, ”Come on R, it’s time to go back to bed.” And I took all the toys into the bedroom. Then I would suddenly realise my mistake, ”hang on. This is not R!” and I would drop all the toys in surprise.
I also like to go for a walk in the morning while everyone is sleeping, so I put a jacket on the toys, and said, ”come on R, lets go for a walk.’ Then I would get to the front door also realise my mistake and exclaim, ”oh no! This isn’t right, I don’t take R for a walk with me, and this is not even R!”
After a few giggles my daughter was completely happy to go and hang out with her dad. She just ran back to tell me happily that they’re reading books and doing stickers, and having a lovely lazy morning. And I got to finish my blog post and write this one too!
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