Ok, this has been a big issue for us recently (since my mom visited in early Jan). When Dh and Ds are playing and Dh needs to stop to do dad stuff or even to just relax, Ds flips and cries and cries. I think Dh kind of started it by giving into the cries, but it totally breaks his heart. Ds doesn't do it with me, but, I have always been his comfort zone and dad has been his jungle gym!!!!! He has tried the timer (which usually works for most things but for this one Ds (26 months) just says "2 more minutes" and then when they are up will ask for 2 more, etc, etc and then still gets very upset when Dh finally stops playing) He warns him a lot before stopping playing, he has tried ignoring him when he does this (not totally, he tells him I love you son , but I need to do daddy things now, I'll play with you again soon and that is that, but this makes us all soooooo sad
cause Ds just continues to cry, he does eventually get over it, but still).
We also think this was precipitated by my mom's visit cause she plays with Isaiah non-stop while she is here. It is sooooo great, but now Isaiah has this feeling that how nana plays with him is how everyone should play with him and Dh and I just don't have the time, so his independent play time has decreased dramatically since her visit, but that has been getting better recently (he is doing just fine right now engaged with his toys etc while I write this).
The most difficult thing is how he is coping with Dh when he needs to stop playing, what do you guys think????? What would you do??? Are we just not giving him enough attention???? HELP