Episode 12: When Your Child Needs Attention with Whitnee H.

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EPISODE 12 THE PARENTING MENTOR: When Your Child Needs Attention with Whitnee H.

Whitnee has a 2.5-year-old son who is struggling to cope with big changes as the family moves to a new city. He always wants Whitnee to play with him, even when she’s not able to. How can Whitnee help him to understand that she can’t spend all of her time playing with him, as much as she’d like to?

In this episode, Sue shares with Whitnee the importance of validating his feelings. They talk about why, in the middle of upheaval, he looks to her for security, and Sue suggests that she schedule little play breaks. Sue points out the importance of making it clear that she’s not doing him a favor when she plays with him; she wants to. Sue note the helpfulness of a kitchen timer and explain how to use it in this situation. Sue offers some terminology to help him with the feeling that Whitnee is with him even when they’re not playing.

“ I think he’s wanting to be with you more because you give him security. ”
- Sue Groner 

This week on The Parenting Mentor:
  • The importance of scheduling

  • Validation of feelings

  • The need for security

  • Some helpful terminology

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This free guide, delivered straight to your inbox, will help you find sanity and joy while parenting during,
and after, the pandemic.