Your Child Thrives on Your Attention
Love and affection in the form of hugs and cuddles is important and helps toddlers feel secure. Your child thrives on your attention, and if you leave the room, he is likely to follow. Hugging and holding your child when she needs it is vital for her emotional development.
Toddlers are extra-clingy when they are tired, sick, or afraid. Sometimes, the only way to make it better is to accept that your child needs to be in your lap all day. It’s easy to expect too much of a 15-month-old who looks so grown up compared to the baby he was once upon a time, but remember that he is still very small and baby-like in many ways.
Don’t be surprised if your child begins to treat you and your partner differently. Generally speaking, the adult who spends the most time with the child is the one he demands more of and is harder on. While it can really suck, try not to take it personally. This is your child’s way of testing out his relationship with each of you. This pattern will continue to shift as your child grows.
Feeling “touched out” and emotionally exhausted is a normal part of parenting a 15-month-old. Make sure to take breaks when you need them! Don’t be afraid to park your toddler in his crib with some toys for 10 minutes while you take a shower.
Scary Mommy Tip: Head off meltdowns by proactively giving your toddler affection. This may make it easier for you to get things done (like cooking) later on in the day!