“I want Dad to tuck me in the bed tonight. Not you!”
“I only want Mommy. Not you!”
Most parents may have experienced their child saying something to this effect at some point in their parenting journey. It is a fairly common occurrence among young children. However, dealing with it becomes critical so that both parents can share their parenting duties while relying on each other. Furthermore, teaching a child to respect both parents is essential for their overall development.
What to do when your child favours one parent over another?
There are multiple reasons why a child could prefer one parent over the other. It can be simply because one parent does some things better than the other. No matter what, this favouring of one parent over another needs to be addressed. Here are some tips that can help:
Like everything else, it is important for parents to present a united front to their children. Parents should remember that it is likely to be a phase that children go through. They should not take this to their heart. As always, it’s important to be consistent in your parenting approach and keep showing up for your children.
Did you find these tips helpful? Have you faced something similar? How did you tackle the situation? Let us know in the comments below.
Arnall, J. L. (2018). Attachment Parenting Tips, Raising Toddlers To Teens. Canada: Judy Arnall.
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