Will a child act out/rebel if they haven't had much time with their mother? I think I already know the answer, and I guess I am looking for others where this has occurred. We are a very attached unit, my daughter and I (2y7m), but for over a week, my mother has been looking after her a lot because I had some things to take care of and then I was sick for a couple of days. I still put her to bed and naptime though. But I calculated how much time I spent with her a day and it was really pitiful, around 2 hours. I am changing things back to the way they were, but in the meantime, she has started acting out really badly. She never used to tantrum (not since before one year), but she has a few a day now. She is always telling me no and my mother to go away and just being uncontrollable and rude. My mom confessed she almost slapped DD and this is a huge confession as she never hit her own children and she knows we also don't hit - ever.
If someone has had this happen, did their behavior revert back once you were able to give them quality time again? Do you agree this could be the cause?
I have done so well, I averted her tantrums with cuddles at a young age, I am always using gentle guidance, never punishment. I feel like I've ruined everything. Could a bond be damaged? Sorry, I am having a low moment...
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