Is it irrational to feel heartbroken when your 17-month-old baby girl refuses your affection? Am I allowed to take it personally when she’s standoffish and repeatedly rejects my advances screaming, “NON”?
See, I’m Mama Bear (proudly puts on mama hat). I’m not used to being rejected. I’m the one she usually runs to for comfort, not daddy …
Alas, the tables have turned. She vehemently refuses my hugs and kisses. She follows daddy when he leaves the room and waits anxiously at the front door when he’s out.
Maybe she’s punishing me for going away on a business trip. Maybe she’s asserting her strong-willed independence. Who knows? It’s tough when toddlers can’t adequately express themselves.
I know, I know, it’s just a phase, this too shall pass; but man, rejection sucks! All I want is a warm cuddle from my little one. I miss her big, smiley snuggles.
In any case, I’ll shower her with unconditional love and affection until the day I die. A joyous, loving, patient mama I will strive to be.
What is your experience with toddler rejection?
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