I have two daughters 4 1/2 & 2. I'm frustrated because they 'cling' to me or want me to be focused on them all the time. When I read that sentence it makes me feel like a terrible mother. I want to give them my attention as much as I can but I still need independent time. Often if I walk into the other room to clean up the dishes or take care of something - within minutes they are right behind me. I go to the bathroom or shower and they come barging in. I go to check my email or something on the computer and here they come.
This mostly starts with my older daughter then the younger follows right along. When I'm rested and in a good frame of mind I can roll with this better but when I've been up at night or after a full weekend entertaining them - I'm honestly tapped out.
I think I need to change something about my parenting style or better react to their interruptions or change my expectations but I am at a loss for what to do. I troubles me to yell (and I have been doing that some) and I'm sure I give in when I should follow the behavior modification rules.
Any advice or further input I could give to help me through this hard time is really appreciated.
I should say that my husband is involved and does help out tremendously. We have different styles (which I"m sure everyone has right?) but when I am around they most often want to cling to me.