It’s Funny How Kids Go Through Phases - Parents
Parenthood is a marvelous experience for those who have encountered it responsibly and with a proper attitude. Over time, the developing and growing child changes physically, transforming over time into (hopefully) a benefactor of society. During the younger years, the child changes both rapidly and dramatically.
It doesn't change only in stature and learning. It changes not only tastes and preferences. It changes in its attachment from one parent to the other and back again. Perhaps you have personally experienced this? I know I have. And at times, it hurts just a smidgen.
My little grandson, Noah, wanted "Papa," which is what he calls me. His father, after all, is Daddy. And I am grateful he doesn't call me PawPaw (after all, I am not a dog) or any such contorted expression. Noah couldn't get enough of me! He'd sit on my leg, hug me, kiss me, play games with me, get changed by me, and so forth and so on. His Grammaw decidedly played 2nd Fiddle.
Then --all at once -- things changed. He wants Grammaw nearly exclusively. In fact, if I come to him, he waves his hand, saying "Back, Back" or "Go Away." Is this because I've been mean to the little fellow? Not at all. It's simply the way of a developing child. Later he will come back to me. And so it will go on until he is old enough where he wants neither of us and both of us, both.
Have you experienced such changes from your little ones?
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